Joe Ferro (@FranchiseFerro)
Everything is bigger in Texas so for the next few installments of "Liquid Lunch" we're going to focus on the offerings from Spoetzl Brewery out of Shiner, TX.
Every week I head into my local liquor store and talk to my good buddy and beer guy Dave, owner of Park Wine and Spirits. Dave most often than not remembers, better than I do, what I've already tried, liked, hated and what's hot right now. This week he hooked me up with some Shiner; Shiner Bock, White Wing Belgian White and Wild Hare Pale Ale.
The first one I'm rolling out is the "Wild Hare Pale Ale". This is the first ale that Spoetzl Brewery (named after their founder, Bavarian born Kosmos Spoetzl) produced in their 103 year history. An American pale ale made with US Golding and Bravo Hops nicely balanced with Munich malt. This is a very easy drinking Pale Ale with just the right amount of hops to keep a hop head like me drinking but soft enough for a newbie to grab hold of.
5.5 % ABV means you can enjoy a sixer and not be sloppy. Good head, golden honey color, not much of a nose.
This isn't a "blow your face off" beer, but that's where it stands out. There's a lot of beer out there that don't cover the basics these days and "Wild Hare Pale Ale" makes me just enjoy the beer. I mean that's what we're all here for isn't it?
I'm going to hit this with a "Ferro Factor" of 3.5 out of 5. A higher ABV or bigger hop and it easily goes up a full point but that's just me.
Check back next week to "Ferro's Liquid Lunch" for more from Shiner.
Check out Spoetzl Brewery HERE
And Park Wine and Spirits HERE tell 'em Ferro sent ya