Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Xmas Gift Suggestion: "Shine On," the history of Shiner Beer

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.

5 comments:

War Horse said...

I've dropped numerous hints with the wife about this book. Hopefully she pulls the trigger before Amazon sells out. Last I looked they only had 4 left in stock. It should be a great book, one that hopefully does the history of the brewery justice.

War Horse said...

Oh, I forgot to say that you know, it's too bad there aren't books for the Pearl Brewery and Lone Star as well. Damn you Pabst for being too damn cheap to pull something like this off!

War Horse said...

Wow, I'm the only one to comment on this great book? Holy cow!

War Horse said...

Got the book for Christmas and all I can say is WOW. Awesome book that covers almost everything from A to Z when it comes to Shiner, even the town. Hands down my favorite gift I got for Christmas.

TexVenture said...

Anybody heard a date for the release of Shiner 100? All Specs will say is sometime in January. I can hardly wait to taste this one.