What Beer Should I Order with Pork Belly?

Greetings, West Texas beer lovers!

The time is almost upon us: Six Car Pub & Brewery will be opening its doors next month. We hope you’re as thrilled as we are! But, before we get up and running, we figured it would only be fair to provide a quick primer on how to order the right beer for a given dish. So, without further ado, we present…

The Six Car Guide to Pairing Beers with Food

First, the big question: Should you choose your beer first, then order a dish to match? Or the other way around? There’s no right answer—do whatever you feel. Often, it makes sense to choose a beer based on the season or the environment. Bright, crisp beers go down better outdoors on sunny days (like on Six Car’s rooftop deck this summer!), and a roasty, dark porter will serve you well on a cold winter’s night. But, if you want to drink a dark beer on a summer afternoon—a German-style bock, for example—then you do you. At Six Car, we believe in the power of personal choice.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, what should you order with a given entrée? The general rule is, the richer the dish, the heavier the beer you’ll want. So, for example, with a cheeseburger you’ll want to order the aforementioned porter or bock—what a cozy meal on a chilly winter evening! On a bright spring day, you might go for a fish dish. In that case you’ll something spicy or fruity, like a pilsner or a hefeweizen. And what about that pork belly? You’ll want something with a strong flavor, to go up against the fat in the belly. A tart IPA would be good, or even an Cascadian dark ale. 

For those of you thinking, This is confusing! I just want to drink beer and eat! Don’t fret, we’ll have an expert staff on hand to lead you through the thickets of beer pairing. 

We can’t wait to see you this May at Six Car.


The Six Car Crew

What Can We Learn From A Brewery?

The Six Car project is an experience. Amarillo has never seen an initiative quite like Six Car, and the opportunities for learning and enriching ourselves here are endless. Designed by a collaboration of professionals, hobbyists, creatives, and dreamers, Six Car Pub & Brewery is intended to enrich all who encounter it. Whether it’s the incredible food, the beer, or the
architecture, the pub will speak to you if you’ll allow it. Hopefully, what you take away from your experience here will inspire you to do something fantastic.

In its current state, the pub is a lesson in construction. Everything that has gone into the structure that will house Six Car is extraordinary, and it will all be part of the greater experience. The thought, the blood, the sweat and the tears expended thus far make up a course you won’t find in any university. The students may be GED or Master’s educated, but we’re all learning together in the creation of Six Car. As we near the end of the construction phase, we’re building a solid foundation on which to teach. The contractors and carpenters currently riding the Six Car will soon hand their seats over to guests and patrons, who will continue the tradition of learning from this place.

From the “Amarillo” bricks cast into the sinks, to the maple tongue-and-groove repurposed racquet-ball flooring used on the bar tops and the ceiling structures, Six Car should invoke a sense of wonder—and spur curiosity and fascination in our guests. The thoughtful preparation of the food—and the beers our dishes are paired with—will be amplified by the knowledge that much of it was sourced, grown, or otherwise produced by our neighbors in the Texas Panhandle. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find something on which to geek out.

The kitchen, the brewery, the patios, the hospitality spaces. They’re all classrooms for those who want to learn. Staff will teach the ins-and- outs of baking, charcuterie, fermentation and presentation. Our walls will host a peek into our history and local art, and tell our regional stories. And our patios and dining spaces will be venues to make your own stories.

Six Car will teach us countless lessons over the decades to come. Forget prerequisites and intra-university politics; come see us downtown. Class will soon be in session!

Grant James
Co-owner & Head Brewer
Six Car Pub & Brewery

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Can a single brewpub make an entire city better?

We believe that a brewpub can impact an entire city.

That’s a bold statement, maybe even a bit silly at first glance, but it’s our central reason for opening Six Car Pub & Brewery. My partners and I want to open Amarillo’s first downtown brewpub because we want to change our city for the better.

In this sense, Six Car is as much a cultural venture as a culinary one. In an economy where makers are few and far between, we intend to highlight the Panhandle’s culture of craftsmanship and build a better community through food, beer, and interactions with our neighbors. We intend to upend the traditional restaurant business model by investing in our employees and our own innovative spirit. And above all, we want to give back to the city that created us and supports us.

We’re passionate about everything we do. We want Six Car to be a wonderful workplace, which is why we provide benefits to our full-time staff. We’re driven by creativity, which is why we have a motley mix of artists and artisans contributing to our buildout and operations. We love Amarillo and the Panhandle, which is why we pledge to donate at least 1% of sales to local charitable organizations. And we’re invested in local food production. That’s why we buy as much locally grown produce as we can, including malted grains produced right here in the Panhandle.

Six Car Pub & Brewery will operate on three overriding principles: The value of creativity, the pursuit of excellence, and the importance of community. We’ll excel at our crafts and work to be the best in our industry. We’ll take care of our employees and guests, always observing the Golden Rule. And we will give back to our community and make Amarillo a better place to live.

In short, we’re going to work tirelessly to make our great city even greater and we’re going to have a blast doing it.

If you’d like to have some fun with us, consider becoming a Six Car Insider. Between now and March 15th we’re offering up five different membership options, from a one-year VIP package that lets you try a little of everything, to a lifelong ultimate brewpub experience that includes vast quantities of beer and a peek behind the curtain. Whether you want a discount on grub or to drink cheap for the rest of your life, we promise you’ll have an incredible time.

I hope you’ll join us.


Colin Cummings
Co-owner & operations manager