The folks at Spoetzel Brewery have a new Shiner on the way – Prickly Pear. A no brainer of a locally sourced ingredient, when considering the Texas landscape. Prickly is the #3 in the Brewer’s Pride Series.
This small batch brew is the third our Limited Edition Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew’s signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery’s landscape that’s hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique –qualities we surely appreciate.
Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Prickly Pear)
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Shiner Ruby Redbird is brewed with genuine Texas Rio Red Grapefruit, the signature sweet citrus of the Rio Grande Valley, and ginger. This lager beer features grapefruit tartness and finishes with a ‘lil kick of ginger. With Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and Ginger, Shiner Ruby Redbird is sure to be a crisp and refreshing summer beer.
Availability: 12oz/6pks. Draft.
Arrival: April, 2011
Spoetzl Brewing – brewer of the Shiner line of beers just released a new one – Shiner 102. 102 is a follow up to last years anniversary beer 101. Spoetzl Brewing was founded by a group of businessmen in 1909. At that time it was called the “Shiner Brewing Association” based in Shiner, Texas. In 1915 Kosmos Spoetzl, a German immigrant with German brewing experience, leased the brewery. With him came various Bavarian brewing recipes still in production by Spoetzl today.
Our Double Wheat features a malt base containing 50 % Wheat. The wheat variety is Brundage, a soft white winter wheat released in 1997 by the Idaho AES. Double Wheat is a hybrid style which falls between a wheat beer and a wheat wine. Shiner 102 is an American style filtered double wheat ale, lightly hopped with aromatic Czech Saaz and WA Golding hop.
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Taste Expectations: Full of wheat, 102 is nice & soft on the palate. Grassy hops, light fruit, honey, & light spice.
Availability: 12oz/6pks. Draft
You have seen this beer before under another name – Shiner Frost. Frost like this spring ale are dortmunder ales. This style first originated in Dortmund, Germany in 1873. It’s pale lager was first brewed by Dortmunder Union for the industrial workers of Dortmund. The Dortmunder style is influenced heavily from Pilsner, a golden beer with noble hops. (Noble hops, are more for beer bittering, and not strong hop aroma like IPA’s.) I agree with Shiner, this is a better beer for spring.
Shiner Dortmunder has a smooth, well-rounded flavor – the perfect fit for any Springtime activity. Because of the unique nature of the style, Shiner Dortmunder is sure to satisfy the palate of a diverse crowd.
Taste Expectations: Light & pale malts give a sweet flavor to this beer. Grainy, biscuity, light. Noble hops.
Availability: 12oz/6pks. Draft. Spring seasonal.
So many hit at once, I thought I would just combine them into a post. Fall seasonals are hitting the stores almost daily. Over the past week a some of the more well known Oktoberfests have arrived. Oktoberfest is also known as Marzen. Beer and refrigeration actually have an intimate history. Brewing of beer, and preserving of beer has greatly improved since refrigeration. Prior to the ability to refrigerate, brewing had to be suspended during the warmer months, because the beer would spoil in the heat. ( Cold inhibits bacterial growth.) More often than not, March was the last feasible month to brew (Marzen=March.) They were stored underground or in some form of cold storage until fall — Sept/October. Also, these versions had a higher alcohol content to keep over time. Fest beers are typically darker, malty, not as hoppy as IPA’s and some pales.
Here’s a rundown of the new releases:
|Red Brick – Octbeerfest. 5.7% ABV. 2010 marks first bottling run of this beer. Here’s my writeup on it. –> Red Brick Octobeerfest|
|Weihenstephaner – Festbier. 5.8% ABV, Bready, and sweet. Malty and light bodied. Very drinkable. Freising, Germany|
|Shiner – Oktoberfest. 2nd time this has been released by Spoetzl Brewing. First time under the label Shiner Oktoberfest. Here’s my earlier article on this beer. Shiner – Octoberfest|
|Ayinger – October Fest-Marzen. 5.8% ABV. Bready, malty German lager. Aying, Germany|
|Brooklyn – Octoberfest. 5.5% ABV. Slightly hoppy, slightly fruit. Coppery and malty. Brooklyn, NY|
|Bell’s Octoberfest – 5.5% ABV. Very clean, and light bodied. Caramel and light malts. Slightly sweet. Kalamazoo, MI|
|Left Hand – Oktoberfest. 6% ABV. Toffee, sweet malt. Hints of coffee and roasted malt. Longmont, CO|
|Leinenkugel’s – Oktoberfest. 5.1% ABV. Caramel & toffee. Hint of lemony hops. Chippewa Falls, WI|
|Sam Adams – Octoberfest. 5.4% ABV. Sweet and malty. Hint of caramel. Tastes like a maltier version of their lager. Boston, MA|