Coffee table books always make a nice Christmas gift. But maybe this one should be called a beer table book. Or maybe a bar book.
Shine On by Mike Renfro is the officially approved history of Spoetzl Brewery, makers of Texas' legendary Shiner beer, brewed for almost 100 years now in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070). I've just cracked open my copy, so you'll have to wait for a full-on review (to be published either here or in The Austin Chronicle — the Chron already had a mini-review back in October), but I'd say go ahead and buy it for the beer-lover in your life — as with many coffee table books, the photos and illustrations alone are worth the price. Just based on the first chapter, it looks like the writing is pretty good, too.