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5 Best Local Craft Beers

09/27/2018 04:47PM ● By Carlos Cooper

By: Carlos Cooper   Photos by: Rachel Benavides

Sharing a beer with someone is special. A cold beer is often the catalyst that brings a group of people together to sit around a table and talk to one another. It can also be the spark to reuniting old friends or to making new ones. With that in mind, here are the five best craft beers in the Coastal Bend, in no particular order, and where to find them.

1. Lorelei Brewing Co. - Manatus IPA

The Manatus IPA is a New England style IPA that has gained popularity across the country over the last three to five years and is slowly influencing Texas beer circles. This style is unfiltered, hazy, and, most importantly, very juicy, making it a deliciously refreshing choice that never disappoints. 520 N A. S Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

2. Rebel Toad Brewing Co. - Angry Man Porter

The Angry Man Porter is a staple in the rotation at Rebel Toad Brewing in Downtown Corpus Christi. It’s dark, it’s rich, and it’s delicious. For beer drinkers who lean toward the darker side, this porter will satisfy your craving for a rich, chocolaty, malty beer with the slightest notes of coffee. 425 William St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

3. B&J’s Pizza- Brewpub - Red Eye-PA

Adding to the list of emerging Imperial Pale Ale styles, B&J’s Brewpub has ventured into the Red IPA category. This beer is a hopped-up version of something resembling a Red or Amber Ale. This exceptionally drinkable beer is packed with flavor. At 9.2% ABV, you’ll certainly want more than just one pint! 6662 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78413 

4. Lazy Beach Brewing Co. - Ginger Spice

Without a doubt, this Kombucha and beer combination, is one of the most unique brews on this list. For those who don’t know, Kombucha is a fermented tea that already contains minuscule traces of alcohol. Lazy Beach has incorporated this tea into a full-blown beer, offering a truly unique experience that will satisfy both Kombucha, and beer lovers. 7522 Bichon Dr #100, Corpus Christi, TX 78414 

5. Psi Brewing Co. - Literally Anything

Psi Brewing Company is an emerging nano brewery based out of Garrett’s BBQ in the Moon Tower Plaza Building on Ayers. They’re well known for perfecting the New England Style “Hazy” IPA. However, their small batch approach to brewing means their selection is constantly rotating. You may walk in and find their Hopeless Pedantic NEIPA, or maybe you’ll find their Doughboy traditional English Pub Ale. Or maybe it’s their Strawberry Fields For-Never Sour Ale brewed with fresh strawberries. No matter what’s on tap, it’s always incredible and delicious. Do not sleep on what these guys are doing. 4135 Ayers St., Corpus Christi, TX 78415