New Rahr beers honor namesake ship, family dog

This Drahthaar pint class will be given out at the Aug. 5 tour and tasting. Photo courtesy of Heather Hughston, Hutson Creative.

Fort Worth finally got a naval ship named after it and now the ship has a beer named after it.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. of Fort Worth will release two new beers, named Drahthaar and USS Fort Worth, next month.

Drahthaar, a breed of German hunting dogs, is named in honor of the Rahr family’s drahthaar, Schnapps. The beer is a double IPA with a malty flavor and a crisp aroma that includes notes of citrus, pine and grapefruit. It will be available the first week of August in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.

Rahr will release USS Fort Worth – an American session ale dedicated to the crew of the naval ship USS Fort Worth, a Freedom class littoral combat ship – the last week of August prior to Labor Day. The beer is light golden in color, with a medium body and a mild citrus finish. It will be available as a 12-ounce canned beverage and on draft.

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A portion of all sales will be donated to the USS Fort Worth Support Committee, which provides moral support and appreciation for the ship’s crew and families.

“I am proud to live and work in the city of Fort Worth, and it is an honor to have our city’s name on such a prestigious naval ship with a first-class crew,” said Fritz Rahr, owner of Rahr & Sons. “We wanted to recognize the brave men and women of USS Fort Worth as well as the other armed forces members with this special brew.”

To celebrate the release of Drahthaar, Rahr & Sons will host a special tasting and tour at the brewery on Aug. 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. All attendees will receive a commemorative pint glass, and Drahthaar will be the featured brew. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

To commemorate the release of USS Fort Worth, the brewery will host a tasting on Sept. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. All attendees will receive an exclusive pint glass, and USS Fort Worth will be the featured beer on tap. Additionally, members of the U.S. Navy will be on hand to celebrate the occasion. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit and