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By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
It’s football season, and I know no better way to celebrate than to drink beer and walk up to random patrons in your local sports bar who are cheering way too loud and hard for their team getting pummeled and say, “ Playing football at West Canaan may have been the opportunity of your lifetime, but I don’t want your life!” And to celebrate the greatest football film of all time, Varsity Blues, I’m drinking a great brew from Texas. This weekend, Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Bock is What’s On Tap.
Founded in 1909, Spoetzl is still the best selling independent brewery in Texas. And if you are looking for a solid brew to enjoy regardless of season, look no further. It’s a light bock, so if you are opposed to a hoppy bitterness or do not like the roasted malt flavors of other ambers, Shiner Bock is a perfect choice. It’s a deep amber brew with subtle notes of malt and caramel that will not overpower you, and because of its drinkability and low alcohol content (4.4%), it is the perfect beer to drink on Sundays as you cry about your fantasy football team.
When thinking about a bock beer brewed in Texas, you better be drinking and eating it with one thing – meat! Here is how I am enjoying my Shiner Bock: I have marinated some spare ribs in Shiner Bock. I am cooking these bad boys in the beer for about two hours then throwing them on the grill. A man’s meal that would even make that angry Jimmy Dean customer proud.
Alcohol by Volume: 4.4%
Color: Deep Amber / Copper