The Spoetzl Brewery is Texas' oldest independent brewery. The original tin brewery was founded in the centre of an Austrian, German, and Czech farming community near the railroad tracks in 1909. Kosmas Spoetzl, a German immigrant brewmaster, learned of the Shiner operation and coleased the facility with Oswald Petzold with an option to buy in 1915....more
If you are going to drink the best beer in the world (Shiner Bock), then you must pay homage to the brewery itself, the Spoetzel Brewery in Shiner, Texas. It is located in a tiny town between San Antonio and Houston. There are some B&Bs, and a small hotel that is just about as cute as can be. In fact, the hotel, which was less than $65, was...more
Shiner's first Opera House lives again. Originally the setting for plays, balls, political debates, church socials, town meetings and "social hops", the opera House claimed a center of Shiner's social life from 1895 until 1927. Inactive for many years, The Gaslight Theatre was born again in 1975 thanks to a local nun and her drama class. Today, the...more
This is an outstanding legacy of Shiner's history. It graciously displays an antique gun collection, old-time country store, dinosaur bones, embroidery and hand stitchery collection, a delightful doll display, musical instruments, an implement shed, and many other interesting antiques Open Monday thru Friday, 8AM till 5 PM which isn't too...more
The Kasper Wire Works which is across the street from the brewery, also has tours, but by appointment. They celebrated their Centennial in 1998. The introduction of barbed wire in 1874 put a serious crimp in smooth wire sales. It was either attach all those barbs or find another use for it. This is exactly what August Kasper did. From a simple...more
This is perhaps the main draw for those who visit Shiner. As you may have gathered by their recent ad campaign, Shiner Beer is "Brewed with an attitude". You can tour the brewery (Monday thru Friday 11a.m. & 1:30p.m.) and find out for yourself what kind of attitude. Just keep in mind: The brewery is closed on weekends and major holidays.more
after your tour at the brewery, it's a good idea to hit Howard's store for a brewsky on tap. you can get any of the shiner beers available. a pint for something like a buck and a quarter. it's basically a gas station, but for the small town of shiner, is also a movie rental place, convienent store, gas stop, beer stop, and during good weather,...more
where Shiner Bock is made, along with Shiner Blond, Heffewisen, Shiner Light, and the winter and summer stocks. you can take a tour - given daily around 1:30 every afternoon.before and after the short tour you can sample some of the beer. i prefer the heffenwisen - non pasteurized, and reminds me more of a european beer. but i'm no pro when it...more
a yearly event that combines great beer, great food and great music (this year -2003- to feature Nickelback) come rain or shine, the act will go on.expect long lines at the port-o-potties, but it's just a way to meet someone new, run into an old friend, or just stand impatiently with your legs crossed :-)more
Unfortunately you were not allowed to take photos inside. This brewhouse apparently was the last built of this caliber in the last 20 years. The beautiful shiny copper cookers are kept in immaculate condition and you are not permitted to touch them. There are something like 5 of these huge copper cookers all performing various procedures of the...more
The main ingredients in beer are water, malt (barley), hops and yeast. The water in the Spoetzl beer comes from a pure Artesian spring that runs deep beneath the ground. An important ingredient in beer is hops. Hops is a natural preservative and gives beer individuality, through bitterness and aroma.more
From Seafood/Steak to an all you can eat Buffet, one can't go wrong with Werner's.Plus, if you're not from a small town that likes to hunt - you'll get a kick out of all the stuffed prizes this place has. When I was younger I use to always get the Chicken Fried Chicken, but their lunch/dinner specials are always good too.more
it's basically the "fanciest" restaurant in this town of 2000. has the local country atmosphere - animal heads mounted on the walls, and they know how to make a great chicken fried steak with homemade gravy. you can't go there without knowing someone (unless you've never lived in or within a 50 mile radius of shiner). friendly service. steak with...more
There are about 5 or 6 places to eat in Shiner. We only saw 2. Shiner Restaurant & Bar which is in a 'award-Winning historic Green Building' on East 7th Street, and Friday's Fried Chicken Restaurant which is almost opposite. We bypassed both and headed to Gonzales to try our luck there..There are apparently 3 bars in Shiner and no two guesses on...more
an Appropriate theme:
eat and drink
people watch :)
live local bands play quite often. small dance floor but everyone has a good time. a pretty good burger :) and lots to drink.
has baseball theme - due to owner's interest in baseball and to the fact that his son in a minor or major league player...think major league now.
Dress Code: anything. it's a small town - if you dress up TOO much they might look at you funny like :)
By Road : from San Antonio take IH-19 east and follow the signs to Houston. When you approach Gonzales, exit right onto highway 183 for about 17 miles into Gonzales then turn left on 90-A east until you reach Shiner.
Be prepared to move over, way way over, when a policeman signals you. It may be the day for house-moving.