Let’s face it — it’s hot. Super, stupid hot. This is the time of year that calls for beverages that help cool you down and quench your thirst. The right beer to meet that call is an important choice to make. Sure, you could opt for the same-old, same-old light beer like every other summer, but craft brewers provide many options that are refreshing, light on the palate and flavorful so you don’t have to default to your old faithful.
Some styles are just made for this weather and the German kolsch is one of the best. It’s a hybrid style that is typically fermented at warmer temperatures like an ale and then cold-conditioned like a lager. The result is semi-sweet, clean-finishing and light on the palate. Some examples — like longtime favorite Saint Arnold’s Fancy Lawnmower — have fewer hops and are even lighter on the tongue. It plays the role as the perfect beer after mowing the yard.
Dallas’ Peticolas Brewery makes one also, called Golden Opportunity, and a strong case could be made for it being the perfect summer beer. It’s as clean and easy-drinking as other examples, but its subtle fruit characteristics and lightly floral hop bite give it balance and complexity that are sometimes missing from other kolsches.
It’s also low in alcohol at 4.2 percent ABV and begs to be enjoyed several at a time. All of Peticolas’ beers are draft only with no packaging planned any time soon, so you’ll have to head to a bar or restaurant that carries it.
Torchy’s Tacos and Rodeo Goat currently do, and it’ll be on tap at Flying Saucer Fort Worth on Friday. Several other places regularly have it on tap also. Golden Opportunity is also available at Central Market via growler fill for $8.99 for a quart fill and $17.99 for a half-gallon.
Peticolas may get all the publicity for Velvet Hammer — and it’s well deserved — but Golden Opportunity is the unsung hero of the brewery’s lineup.