Saturday, March 20, 2010

Shiner light on me

Today is National Bock Day, a day to celebrate bock beer. And, not to go all Texan on you but just to brag a little, Shiner Bock was, before microbrews took hold, the best beer to come out of that state.

It's still really good, and I still haven't tasted any other beer from the Spoetzl brewery that tastes as good.

According to Wikipedia,
Spoetzl was founded in 1909, and claims to be the oldest independent brewery in Texas. A group of businessmen incorporated Shiner Brewing Association and placed Herman Weiss in as the company's first brewmaster. In 1914 a German immigrant brewer named Kosmas (or Kosmos) Spoetzl co-leased with Oswald Petzold with an option to buy in 1915. Spoetzl had attended brewmaster's school and apprenticed for three years in Germany, worked for eight years at the Pyramids Brewery in Cairo, Egypt, and then worked in Canada. He moved to San Antonio in search of a better climate for his health, bringing with him a family recipe for a Bavarian beer made from malted barley and hops.


  1. I agree wholeheartedly. I enjoy Shiner Bock...and that's what I have in the 'frig right now!

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