Known for their out of this world creations, Martin House Brewing’s Murph Juice is an unorthodox specialty according to a Texas Monthly article from July 1. They say,
“When Dustin Reynolds and Amanda Ogle opened T&D Barbecue in Weatherford back in late 2020, they needed a barbecue sauce. A friend, Ethan Murphy, gave them a recipe to start from, and Reynolds added his own touches, including a splash of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky (the alcohol burns off while the sauce is cooking, the couple says). They named the sauce Murph Juice, after their helpful friend. A few months ago, they entrusted that sauce recipe to John Laughman, the head brewer at Martin House Brewing Company, in Fort Worth, to create a barbecue sauce–flavored beer also called Murph Juice, which was released last week.
Murph Juice is certainly the first barbecue sauce beer I’ve ever tasted, but Martin House is all about firsts when it comes to beer combinations. “There’s nothing off-limits for us,” Laughman said. The brewery’s current tap list proves that with a Scotch ale brewed with haggis called Turnbull Kellie. In the past, Martin House produced Azathoth, an imperial ale brewed with menthol and squid ink. You might know the brand best for the popular Best Maid Sour Pickle beer, which was first released in 2019. It can be found on store shelves all over Texas, and we highlighted the pucker-inducing brew a couple years ago.
Laughman used the sour base recipe for the pickle beer—minus the pickle brine—for Murph Juice. “It came out really drinkable for a barbecue-sauce beer,” he said. If the black-pepper spice of Murph Juice is too powerful, he suggests mixing it with the sour-pickle beer. Then all that’s missing for the full barbecue experience is the smoked brisket.”
But a barbecue-flavored beer is not the only crazy creation that Martin House Brewing got as a Hot-dog flavored seltzer also came into life according to a Dallas Morning News article from June 24 which reports,
“If barbecue sauce beer raises eyebrows, hot dog-flavored hard seltzer may cause jaws to drop.
Martin House added hard seltzer to its roster just a few weeks ago, and Bun Length will be its first specialty seltzer. Over the years, Cole said the brewery has joked about finding a way to incorporate hot dogs. Seltzer seemed like the perfect, if unusual, vehicle.
Bun Length, with a 5.2% alcohol content, is brewed with the leftover water from 52 pounds of boiled frankfurters.
It should taste just like it sounds, Cole said, like a boozy hot dog.”
To celebrate the creation of the seltzer, Martin House is hosting a hot dog-themed party this July 16.