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The Shiner Series: FM 966 Farmhouse Ale

18 Apr


I live and work in the country. A small Texas town similar to Shiner. When I give directions to folks from a big city, referencing a Farm to Market road is often met with a confused question mark. FM? What’s that? Always makes me giggle. 🙂

This ale is named after FM 966 located in Shiner, TX. I’d never tried a Farmhouse Ale before, but I really enjoyed this special Spring brew. This ale is super drinkable and delicious – smooth, refreshing, and perfect to sip on a warm Spring day in Texas!

From the label: “A few centuries ago, during the cold winter months, farmhands in Europe brewed a ‘seasonal provision’ Farmhouse Ale to be enjoyed once spring rolled around. In the farmlands of Shiner, TX that tradition lives on which is why our tribute to this style uses Golding, Sterling and Meridian hops for a sweet yet lightly spiced flavor. Our incredibly refreshing farmhouse ale bears the name of the farm to market road just to the south of where our brewery has proudly stood for over 100 years.”


The Shiner Series: Wild Hare Pale Ale

27 Feb

I always get so giddy when I find out about a new Shiner brew. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get my paws on their new Wild Hare Pale Ale. I haven’t tried many ales in my life, but this one had a bolder flavor than I was expecting. The hops make themselves known from the start and I was impressed with the “rich malt flavor” they promised. It’s golden amber color was beautiful and you can definitely pick up on a light taste of citrus and pine.

This is actually the first ale ever made at the Spoetzl Brewery. I say “well done!” to the first timers and can’t wait to see what else they have up their sleeves!

And to top it off, they have fun retro-style commercials: 🙂

Wild Hare Pale Ale: Characteristics

Wild Hare Pale Ale: Dominance

Wild Hare Pale Ale: Breeding Habits

Shiner Bock Hamburger Buns

26 Oct

I’ve seen food bloggers say that once you make homemade hamburger buns, store bought buns are never the same. I can now vouch for that statement and say that it’s very true! (but then again, isn’t fresh baked bread always better?) I bookmarked this recipe a while back, since any Shiner infused food is right up my alley, but just recently got around to finally making these hamburger buns.

I paired them with my favorite pulled pork recipe (my how my photography has improved since then!) and it was a big hit. This recipe makes lots of buns for two people, so I simply froze half of them for future meals. The whole wheat flour gives an even healthier flavor and deeper color to these soft buns that are just firm enough to handle whatever sandwich you want to make of them. I think next time burgers are in store – can’t wait! 🙂

Shiner Bock Hamburger Buns

2 tsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 bottle Shiner Bock, room temperature and flat
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
Sesame seeds for garnish

Sprinkle yeast over warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and let sit for 10 minutes. Add honey, oil, and Shiner. Add dry ingredients and turn mixer to low.

After the dough is mixed well, turn to medium speed and knead for 5-7 minutes (adding additional whole wheat flour 2 Tbsp at a time if necessary) until sides of the bowl are cleaned and the dough is smooth and elastic.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic until it doubles in size. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide in half. Form 6 buns from each half. Place buns 1/2 inch apart on a lined baking sheet and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let rise for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk the egg with 1 Tbsp warm water. Brush the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until browned. Remove from oven and transfer to a rack to cool completely before slicing.

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

The Shiner Series: Oktoberfest 2011

8 Sep

It’s that time of year again! Currently in stores: the tasty Shiner Oktoberfest! This brew tastes like authentic Germany to me – I imagine folks having fun and drinking big mugs of this amber colored beer at an Oktoberfest event. No doubt it’s due to the two types of German hops and the Munich and caramel malts used. And surely they used an extra spoonful of love, since this is the epitome of Shiner’s tradition and heritage in a bottle. Prosit!

*I know I wrote about this beer last year, but you can never have too much of a good thing, right? 🙂

Shiner Bock Mac and Cheese

4 Sep

For whatever reason, I’d NEVER made truly homemade macaroni and cheese. Sure, I’d drool over photos and bookmark recipes, but still never attempted it myself. Until now – and I sure wish I’d done it sooner! This recipe is amazing – you break through the crisp breadcrumb topping to delicious layers of cheesy gooey goodness. And the addition of beer gives this Shiner lover something else to cheer about.

So if you’ve never made homemade mac and cheese before, go for it! I promise the extra prep work is well worth it. Also, try and use freshly grated cheese, rather than pre-packaged shredded cheese. The quality will be much better! Feel free to use different cheese combinations too – the delicious possibilities are endless! 🙂

Shiner Bock Mac & Cheese

8 oz elbow pasta
1 stick butter
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Shiner Bock beer
1 cup half and half
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
3/4 cup fontina cheese, shredded
3/4 cup provolone cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. (an 8×8 pan works well) Cook the pasta per the directions on the package, minus one minute. Drain the cooked pasta and rinse it under cool water to stop the cooking. Set pasta aside.

In a medium pan, melt stick of butter over medium heat. Add the onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne and cook for a minute. Add the flour and whisk it until smooth. Cook for two minutes, whisking constantly. Add the half and half and Shiner Bock and whisk constantly until smooth. Let the sauce simmer and add the cream cheese, whisking in until smooth.

Turn the heat to low and 1/3 at a time, add the cheddar, fontina, provolone, and half the parmesan. Once mixture is smooth, turn off the heat and add the cooked pasta. Spoon the mixture into the casserole dish and top it with the other half of the parmesan.

In a bowl, combine the melted butter and bread crumbs. Spread the mixture over the top of the macaroni and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the macaroni starts to bubble at the edges. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Source: Slightly adapted from Evil Shenanigans

The Shiner Series: Giveaway Winner!

13 Jul

Congrats to Deborah, the winner of the Shiner goodies! I’ll contact you via email to get your contact information. Hope you enjoy – and thanks to all who entered!

And for your enjoyment, check out some of the fun Shiner Light Blonde commercials that have been airing this summer:

See even more here: Shiner Films

The Shiner Series: Giveaway!

7 Jul

Hey everyone! So, this is the last post regarding my lovely trip to Shiner. My awesome husband recorded a few video clips during our time there and complied them into a short video if you’re interested in watching:


Also, there is a sweet Shiner giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a Shiner cookbook and a set of Shiner coasters – woohoo! Straight from Shiner, TX!

Here’s the name of the game:

To enter, you HAVE to leave a comment on this blog post and make sure your email is somehow attached. Here’s what you need to comment on:

1. Visit and tell me what your favorite brew is – or – if you’ve never had Shiner beers, tell me which one you’d most like to try!

2. Additional Entry: Subscribe to my blog and leave a comment saying that you’ve done so (if you’re a current subscriber, simply comment saying so)

It’s easy as that! The giveaway will be closed on Tuesday, July 12 at 12:00 midnight. I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner and post the info on Wednesday, July 13th. Good luck! And as they say in Shiner…Prosit! 🙂