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New Braunfels Brewing Company Spices Up a Fall Beer Favorite

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Adventurous sippers of Texas beer: feast your eyes on a pickle juice sour wheat beer you’re going to want to add to your bucket list! And, just because fall is here doesn’t mean there still aren’t plenty of opportunities to heat things up. Get to New Braunfels Brewing Company (NBBC) in the Texas Hill Country, and get your hands on a glass of the original PKL FKR (which was first brewed in 2015 as a joke). Then, add the spicy version to your list. That’s right—as in jalapeno-spicy. Imagine sidling up to a bar, asking for two Hell Yeahs, a MNDFCK, and a PKL FKR. What you’ll get might be the best thing since sliced bread (which you may need a couple pieces of to cool your mouth down)!

If, like many a Texan, you’re still firing up the grill this time of year, you’re also probably looking at cracking open a cold one. In the Hill Country, the temperatures are moderate, the Guadalupe River is flowing peacefully, and the craft beer is better than ever. And, NBBC has been helping to make that happen in the historic downtown core of its namesake town. This small brewery, which is family-owned and operated, packs a punch with everything they touch—not the least of which is in their latest spicy releases. They’re proud to say that every beer they brew “is dry, balanced, and quite unique.” With a tasting room that’s open at prime hours from Thursday through Sunday (as well as pre-ordering available for beer-to-go), you’re going to want to get there and start “drinking outside the lines…”

New Braunfels Brewing Company Spices Up a Fall Beer Favorite

Photo: Courtesy of New Braunfels Brewing Co.

For those with commitment issues, NBBC offers guided tastings, including their Blondine and Very Seldom Naughty. However, the real star of the show this fall is sure to be the Hell Yeah PKL FKR. Like the original, only amped-up with jalapenos, this beer embodies the best traits of a brew. Defined by the company as a “light-bodied sour wheat beer brewed with 85% white wheat and fermented warm with our mixed culture of local yeast and bacteria,” just before they package it, it’s blended with pickle juice for the unique flavor, which has its own kick. “Light, salty and refreshing as Hell,” says the company, and they wouldn’t be far off the mark. Now add a kick to it, and tell us you’re not craving a bottle (or six) on the weekends!

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