Spoetzl Brewery Shines Down Under

Shiner Beers Bring Home Honors from Australian International Beer Awards.

Melbourne, Australia, June 03, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The Spoetzl Brewery, brewers of the legendary Shiner family of beers, made an impressive showing at the recent Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), bringing home three silver and three bronze medals.

The AIBA is the largest annual international beer competition, attracting entries from 241 breweries in 34 countries.

AIBA is also considered one of the toughest competitions in terms of judging. This year judges awarded only 22 gold medals despite there being more than 1,000 individual entries in 88 separate categories.

Shiner’s flagship beer, Shiner Bock and Shiner Kosmos were awarded silver medals in the category that included Amber, Bock, Oktoberfest, Märzen and Vienna styles.

The brewery’s latest spring seasonal, Shiner Dortmunder, won silver in the European Style Lager category. Shiner Blonde was awarded bronze in that same division.

The other bronze medalists were Shiner Bohemian Black Lager in the Dark Lager category and Shiner Old Time Alt in the European Style Ale group. Old Time Alt, a Düsseldorf-style Altbier is the inaugural style in Shiner’s new Brewer’s Pride Series.

The AIBA honors follow closely on the heels of success at the prestigious European Beer Star awards last November, where Shiner brought home gold and silver medals.

German and Czech immigrants founded the Central Texas town of Shiner in the late 1800s. That history is still evident in the town as well as in the beer made there. “On top of our German and Czech heritage, we’ve got 102 years of American brewing experience,” said Shiner brewmaster Jimmy Mauric. “That adds up to a unique variety of beers that are now gaining fans around the world.”

Founded in Shiner, Texas (population 2,070), the Spoetzl Brewery is one of America’s oldest independent breweries. While Spoetzl has grown to be the country’s fourth largest craft brewery, every drop of Shiner’s award-winning beer is still handcrafted and bottled by only 66 employees, right at the spot where it all started in 1909.

Learn more at www.shiner.com or contact: Eric Webber, eric@mc-j.com. 512 225 2600

McGarrah Jessee
Eric Webber