Texas barbecue guru Daniel Vaughn picked out the best smoked-meat joints in his home state for us recently. And if you find yourself checking out one of those places, you'll still need a cold one as a chaser for all the brisket. As with its barbecue, the Lone Star State's beer comes with a side of regionalism – Shiner may have recently arrived in out-of-state cities like New York, but some local brews don't even cross county lines. For visitors looking to try out a different type of local specialty, here is half a six pack's worth of advice.
Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap
Austin Beerworks turns out four well-thought-out, highly drinkable winners, but our favorite match for overeating is the Pearl Snap: a crisp, German-style pils with a bright, hoppy character. The grassy lightness means it won't detract from the meat and, as the brewers say, the Pearl Snap's got "a finish so clean it will pick up after itself" – exactly what you need in this food situation. The beer comes out of the teutonic tradition that helped inspire and define barbecue in the state. Plus, it has a great name. [austinbeerworks.com]