Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CatBert
N 29° 26.007 W 097° 10.032
14R E 677780 N 3257407
Quick Description: The oldest independent brewery in Texas.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 10/19/2010 7:09:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM9Z2E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Windsocker
Views: 13

Long Description:
The Spoetzl Brewery was founded in 1909, and is the oldest independent brewery in Texas. In 1914 a German immigrant brewer named Kosmos Spoetzl bought the brewery. Spoetzl had attended brewmaster's school in Germany, and brought with him a family recipe for a Bavarian beer made from malted barley and hops.
During Prohibition, Kosmas Spoetzl kept the brewery afloat by selling ice and making "near beer." This keeps Shiner in business along with the rumors that Kosmos continued to produce Shiner Premium for local farmers. After Prohibition only five of the original 13 Texas breweries were still intact. When the Prohibition laws were repealed larger beer plants, such as Anheuser-Busch, moved to Texas making life harder on the smaller independent breweries, but Spoetzl kept things small and simple never going more than 70 miles for business. With the closure of the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, the Spoetzl Brewery became the last of the independent Texas breweries.

Brewery Tours: (Monday - Friday)
• 10:00 a.m. (in the summer only)
• 11:00 a.m.
• 1:30 p.m.
• 2:30 p.m. (in the summer only)

Spoetzl Brewery Gift Shop Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Website: [Web Link]

603 E Brewery St.
Shiner, TX USA

Parking Coordinates: N 29° 26.007 W 097° 10.032


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