I blog primarily over at "geosciblog" (http://geosciblog.blogspot.com), I am doing this one for fun. It is inspired by 30+ years of beer can collecting and having tried more than 3,000 different American beers during that time. “. . . And beer was drunk with reverence, as it ought to be.” — G. K. Chesterton

Friday, October 13, 2006

Bocktoberfest in Shiner, Texas

Tomorrow is Bocktoberfest in Shiner, Texas. It is an annual music, food, and beer celebration festival.

Here is a link to read about the planned festivities. It will probably mark the debut of the expected Shiner 97 commemorative beer. Last year, the Shiner 96 was a Marzen-style German ale.

Why the interest? Shiner (actually the Spoetzl Brewing Co.) is the last of the original Texas breweries. Gone are the names like Grand Prize, Southern Select, Mitchell's, Bluebonnet, Time, and nowadays, Pearl and Lone Star are brewed by Miller in Fort Worth. Spoetzl's survival is largely because of the ownership by the company that imports Corona and other beers. Well, that is the price we have to pay to preserve a little bit of Texas brewing history.

Shiner 97 will be their celebration of their 97th anniversary in their countdown to 2009.
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