Spoetzl Brewery Supports Ongoing Red Cross Effort in Japan

Gift to Help Rebuild Earthquake and Tsunami Damage

San Antonio, TX, June 29, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The Spoetzl Brewery, maker of the legendary Shiner family of beers, is donating $10,000 to the San Antonio Area Chapter of the Red Cross for the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund, which assists Japanese communities devastated by the major earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11.

The magnitude 8.9 earthquake caused severe damage and triggered fires in many cities. Flooding from the tsunami that followed the earthquake was of catastrophic proportions and resulted in the deaths of many thousands. Thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed.

While there was an enormous outpouring of support for relief efforts in the weeks immediately following the disaster, the effects of this tragedy will have a profound impact on the people of Japan for many years to come. Repairing and rebuilding will require continuing support from the Red Cross and many other relief organizations.

“You don’t hear as much about the disaster in Japan anymore, but there are still many towns – lots of them small towns like Shiner – that are still struggling to recover,” said Spoetzl Brewmaster Jimmy Mauric. “We want to do what we can to help them.”

Mauric has presented a check to Michael Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of the San Antonio Area Red Cross Chapter, with the best wishes from the town of Shiner and The Spoetzl Brewery.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The San Antonio Chapter was founded in 1916. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or www.saredcross.org

About Shiner Beer and the Spoetzl Brewery
German and Czech immigrants founded the town of Shiner and in 1909 began brewing beer inspired by the beers of their homelands. In 1914 they hired German brewmaster Kosmos Spoetzl, who brought with him recipes still used today. The brewery continues to honor his legacy of handcrafting extraordinary beers. Every drop of Shiner beer is still brewed in Shiner, at the spot where it all started 102 years ago.

Learn more at www.shiner.com.

Contact: Eric Webber
McGarrah Jessee
512 225 2600 (office)
512 658 5255 (mobile)

David DeLeon
San Antonio Area Red Cross
210 582 1927

McGarrah Jessee
Allison Robino