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Shiner beer honored again

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.


Spoetzl Brewery earned an international accolade last week with a gold medal from the European Beer Star Awards in Nuremberg, Germany, one of the world's most prominent tasting competitions.

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager won in the German Style Schwarzbier category.

Because the competition limits categories to beer styles of European origin, breweries from that continent have long dominated the awards, according to a news release from the brewery.

The overall competition included 1,366 beers submitted from 44 countries across six continents.

The gold medal continued a string of success for the brewery at the competition in Nuremburg.

In 2011, Shiner Oktoberfest was a silver medalist and Bohemian Black Lager and Old Time Alt won bronze. In 2010, Oktoberfest won gold and Shiner 101 Czech-style Pilsner brought home silver.

In May, Shiner beers brought home four medals from the Australian International Beer Awards. Earlier that month, Shiner Bock won a silver medal at the biennial World Beer Cup.

It's not just in Europe that Shiner is impressing judges.

This latest gold medal comes on the heels of an unprecedented triple-gold medal performance at last month's Great American Beer Festival, where Black Lager was also a top winner, as were Spoetzl's flagship Shiner Bock and Shiner Oktoberfest, according to the news release.

Kosmos Spoetzl, the brewery's first brewmaster, was born in Bavaria, not far from where the European Beer Star Awards was presented. It's where he first learned the beermaking craft that he brought with him to Shiner, according to the news release.

"We are very proud to see the beers Kosmos inspired competing and winning against the very best from his home country and around the world," said current Spoetzl brewmaster Jimmy Mauric.

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