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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 362

The featured beer painting for today is of Shiner Holiday Cheer by Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. World famous for the Shiner Bock Beer, this is a special brewery, making finely crafted beer in the heart of Texas. I think its Ruby Redbird Summer seasonal is my favorite, and this is the first time I’ve tried the Holiday Cheer. It’s a very interesting winter seasonal. When most people think of winter brews, they expect Bock and Double Bock beers – rich, dark lagers that the Germans have traditionally served for generations. Ironically, Bock is the style that Spoetzl puts out as its flagship offering, so its winter seasonal had to be something with a bit more. Officially, this beer is a dunkelweizen, or dark wheat ale, with pecans and peaches (as well as natural flavoring), which seems fitting for Texas. In Alaska the flagship seasonal is brewed with Spruce tips, and I’m sure if Alaska had anything like fruit, or nuts growing in the winter, we would add it to beer as well.

Seasonal beers are always my favorite, because they are unique, and are only available for a limited time. I think many beer seekers are driven by the same motives. Of course, everyone loves great beer that is available year-round, like Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, or Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter. Consistency seems to be a huge desirable trait in a flagship beer, but seasonal beers allow breweries to flex their creative muscles. I always eagerly await the release of Celebration ale every year, and when Jubelale comes out, I am as happy as a 12 year old in a candy shop. It wouldn’t be the same, though, if I could buy these types of beer all year long. It would no longer be special, like living in Hawaii all year long, instead of visiting for two weeks.

Cheers to Spoetzl’s Shiner Holiday Cheer! A beer that is sure to bring you happiness on the holiday! I hope Spoetzl keeps up the good work, and never stops making finely crafted ales and lagers!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Craft Beer oil painting of shiner holiday cheer spoetzl brewery year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.28. Shiner Holiday Cheer by Spoetzl Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 65

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Spoetzl Brewing Company’s Shiner Bock.  I have always liked the dark lager style known as bock.  Bock is a rich malty sweet beer that Germans traditionally brew in the winter, often reaching near 7% abv.  Spoetzl Brewery has been producing an all-malt Bock true to Czech-German style since 1913, almost as long as the brewery has been in existence, even if it does come in a little weaker at 4.4% abv.  Looks like we just missed the centennial of this amazing Texan brew.  Kosmos Spoetzl, a German-Czech American immigrant started the brewery after studying brewing for three years in Germany and then running the Pyramid Brewery in Cairo, Egypt.  He matriculated to Texas looking for a better place for his health.  The community of Shiner, Texas consists largely of German-Czech American immigrants and his brewery was a much needed oasis of Eastern German culture.  During Prohibition Spoetzl kept the brewery open by selling ice and non-alcohol beer.  Times were tough and didn’t get any easier when Anheuser Busch moved to Texas right after Prohibition. But Shiner Bock’s fans stayed loyal to the classic taste, and now it is not only the oldest brewery in Texas but is also the largest producer of craft brews as well.  It is the tenth largest craft brewery in America.

To Texas!  The second largest state (hehe)!  A state full of western history, yet open minded enough to love an Eastern German style beer!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 03.06. Shiner Bock by Spoetzl Brewery. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.06. Shiner Bock by Spoetzl Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.