What's the dill with pickle beer? Martin House Brewing Co. teamed up with Best Maid Pickles to show Dallas-Fort Worth.

What's the dill with pickle beer? Martin House Brewing Co. teamed up with Best Maid Pickles to show Dallas-Fort Worth.

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A North Texas brewery is in a pickle — literally.

Martin House Brewing Co. and Best Maid Pickles, which are located about three miles from one another in Fort Worth, have teamed up to release both a pickle-flavored beer and beer-flavored pickles. Both are expected to available locally in mid- to late-August.

The Sour Pickle Beer, as it's called, starts with Martin House's famous Salty Lady gose as the base. After fermentation, brewers blend it with Best Maid pickle juice for a 5.5 percent ABV beer that's built for pickle lovers, says Shugg Cole, director of marketing.

"When you taste this beer you're going to taste pickle juice 100 percent," he says.

This isn't the first time the brewery has created a pickle recipe. Each spring, Martin House hosts Sour Fest, an event dedicated to tart and puckering brews. The last two years, they've served something similar to Sour Pickle Beer to much fanfare.

"It's always the first keg to blow," Cole says. 

Best Maid's Salty Lady pickles aren't made using actual beer, but are flavored to mirror the famous local brew.

Best Maid's Salty Lady pickles aren't made using actual beer, but are flavored to mirror the famous local brew.

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According to Emily Christy, brand manager at Best Maid, the 93-year-old company has been eyeing a collaboration with a local brewery to tap into the market for artisan pickles. The proximity to Martin House made the partnership a natural fit. 

"Oddly enough, craft pickles are a new market that's opened up with the small-batch brinery," she says, referring to the rise in small pickled vegetable producers.

Best Maid does not actually use beer in its Salty Lady pickles — that would require approval from the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, Christy says — but instead flavors its brine to mimic the beer using salt, lemon and coriander. The pickles are fresh-pack, meaning Best Maid slices the cucumbers and puts them directly into a jar with the brine where they pick up flavor. The process takes about two weeks, Christy says. 

Best Maid Pickle Beer Launch Party

Martin House is celebrating the release of Sour Pickle Beer with a party on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the brewery, complete with specialty versions like the Xtreme Sour, Jalapeno Bread N Butter and Sea Salt Hamburger Chips beers. This will be locals first chance to try the Salty Lady pickles, as well. Tickets to event, which runs noon to 5 p.m., cost $12 and include a pint glass and four 8-ounce pours.

If you can't make the party, this limited-release beer will be available on draft and in six-packs of cans throughout Dallas-Fort Worth soon. The Salty Lady pickles are expected to be available for purchase through Best Maid's website by the end of the month.

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