Hoppy Hour at Das Lokal, the taproom of New Braunfels Brewing Company, starts at five o'clock on Thursdays.
New Braunfels Brewing Co., "a nano-brewery in historical downtown New Braunfels," makes fresh brews created with a nod to the town's German history and a dash of Texas sensibility. No sissy beers brewed here.
Denny and I shared a couple of trio samplers on our last visit. Yes, 2x3=6. But sharing sample-sized steins made it a one-beer equivalent. Small steins, big flavor.
We started with three mainstays.
In the LuftWeiss, a Pilsner described as a "clean all-malt expression of the Bavarian Hefeweizen," I liked an acidic edge that made my tongue tingle before a light banana finish.
Next came the dark Dunkelweisen, made from grain with a dark toast that gave the brew a deep flavor and satisfying coffee finish.
The IPA Hefeweisen was our favorite of the first set, for the balance of hoppy acidity and clean finish. Hoppy enough to spark the palate but not so much it made you pucker. I could see a glass of this IPA with roasted meat or spicy nachos.
The second trio was a trip.
Sauced Fuego is a transformed Hefeweisen with time sitting on oak, cinnamon and chipotle peppers. Fuego means fire in Spanish but the brew wasn't scorching. In fact, the tang and acidic edges made it my favorite of the night.
Black Fury was Dunkelweisen plus bourbon-barrel aging and a bit of sour. It was the only brew we didn't finish.
Then we tasted Senor, made from Sauced Fuego plus ghost chiles. Ghost chilies earned the name in northeastern India where folks said eating one was a path to a paler existence.
We found more heat in Senor but it wasn't as hot as pulling weeds in Texas in August and I'd drink it again without breaking a sweat.
Want your own New Braunfels beer adventure? Look for NBBC brews at Hill Country spots such as the Phoenix Saloon or the PourHaus.
Or stop by Das Lokal taproom on Thursday, 5pm-7pm. Maybe we'll see you there:
180 W. Mill St., New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 626-2739, http://nbbrewing.com
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