Corn Flakes

Photography by Barrett Emke.

There’s a reason why the Cerveza Royale brew at Stockyards Brewing Co. is a summertime staple. The Mexican-style lager is traditionally light bodied, with its brewing components of light malted barley from Chile and German Perle hops. But the subtly sweet finish can be attributed to summer’s golden produce: corn.

“It’s not super dry like a traditional European style lager might be,” says Stockyards owner Greg Bland. Traditionally, lagers use a bottom-fermenting yeast, which produces at a lower temperature and “lagers” or “matures” over time. With the addition of flaked corn and corn sugar, the Cerveza Royale has a refreshing aroma similar to that of a Modelo or Pacífico. 

The craft brewery’s wood-paneled walls and panoramic painting of the Wild West may not be the obvious ambiance to indulge in your summer brew. But like its golden hue lager, Stockyards is versatile.

“That’s what’s great about this beer is it can fit the needs of beer nerds who want to try some locally produced, traditional Mexican-style lagers,” Bland says. “But it also fits the needs of your average beer drinker who just wants a clean, light, easy-drinking beer.” 

Emphasis on “light.” It’s an easy sipper with a crisp bite. Beer snobs may not appreciate the lime wedge that comes nestled on the rim—citrus can rob a beer of its keypoint flavor components—but I squeezed and plopped it into my drink. After one tangy sip, I was ready for sunshine and tacos. 

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