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Austin Loved Their Hot Chicken & Beer

May 12, 2017

By Eno Sarris, May 12, 2017

As predicted, Texas loved Prince's Hot Chicken, and also André Prince Jeffries, the great-niece of the founder, who came with her friendly team to deliver Nashville's best spicy fried chicken. Less predictable, maybe, were the tears. 

"Today we celebrate 80 years of punishment," laughed Jeffries as she addressed the excited crowd at Independence Brewing Wednesday night. "80 years of punishment because of a woman." She recounted Prince's famous origin story – a scorned lover served the original Prince his Sunday fried chicken with a little extra hot sauce after he'd been out all night – as diners washed the chicken down with some tropical, piney Stash IPA. 

If the night had ended there, everyone would have gone home happy and gorged, full of great beer and spicy chicken. Independence proved to be a top-shelf host, offering visitors exclusive tastes of an upcoming version of their Redbud Berliner Weisse, tours of their operation with great insight, and of course tasters of their flagship beers. The beer was a very important salve for the spice. 

Of course, the Prince's Hot Chicken team also had a surprise for the diners.

Alison NarroOctober founder Mike Raspatello feels the heat.

The first clue that this newest plate of chicken was different was probably the rubber gloves that came with them. Dark, wet, and ominous looking, the Triple-X level Hot Chicken taunted a few brave souls into stepping up to the challenge. 

As you can see from October founder Mike Raspatello's expression above, the chicken was superlatively spicy. There were many tears. Yours truly unironically flapped his hands, cried, and rushed back to the table for a quick cocktail of ranch sauce and Oatmeal Stout. Don't judge. Even the most practiced spice-monger said he'd only tasted one dinner that was as spicy in his life. 

Of course, Prince's didn't divulge any of the secrets to their chicken, either Mild or Triple-X. But, judging from the sated way the diners left Independence that night, it's a secret worth enjoying if you're ever in Nashville. Head to the James Beard "Classic" restaurant, order a beer, arrange your ranch sauce and... DON'T ORDER THE TRIPLE-X. 

Just don't.  

ZX Ventures, a division within AB InBev, is an investor in October
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