Texas Independence Trail Region

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Shiner: Spoetzl Brewery

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Spoetzl Brewery, legacy of German immigrant brewmaster Kosmas Spoetzl whose vitae included a stint at the Pyramid Brewery in Egypt, is home to the Texas brew known nation-wide as Shiner. Spoetzl took over the Shiner Brewing Association’s operations in 1914, a local brewery founded in 1909 in the future community of Shiner, transforming it into an innovative family enterprise. With the exception of a brief period of altered productivity (the Prohibition years) in which a close proximity to beer (known as “near beer”) was brewed, the brewery has been producing its signature Bavarian elixir for almost a century. The operation, now housed in a white brick building built in 1947 and reminiscent of the Alamo in design, continues to produce a selection of over a half-dozen locally-brewed beers including a classic American Pale Ale, a wheat brew known as a Hefewizen, a special “Holiday Cheer” brewed with peaches and roasted pecans, and the traditional Bock, a deep amber Bavarian standard. Heritage brew fans can tour the Spoetzl Brewery (and sample the goods) most non-holiday weekdays.


  • 603 East Brewery Street
  • Shiner, Texas
  • 77984


Hours & Fees

  • Brewery Tours: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Additional summer tours at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
    Gift Shop Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Free