The Brewski Report Reviews Shiner Bock And A Ford Explorer Electrical Problem.
File Date: 3.30.2010
File Name: Man Drives 145,000 Miles To Find A Great Bock Beer.
The Beer: Shiner Bock
Stats: 4.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best – handcrafting the finest beer.
Brewer Brand Hype: Bock reflects the tradition of genuine Bavarian beers as a brew only a craftsman like Kosmos Spoetzl, trained in the “Old Country,” could bring to life. With its deep amber color, distinctive rich flavor and full body, Shiner Bock demonstrates the care of a handcrafted brewing process to bring forth a mellow taste free of the bitter aftertaste found in many micro, specialty and imported beers. Just think of it as Shiner smooth.
Label: Pulled straight from the keg.
The Brewski Review: My Ford Explorer has about 145,000 miles on the odom. Some say ‘it’s just getting broken in’. I say: ‘Let’s switch cars’. ‘I’ll let you revel in the luxury of driving a car with the kinks already worked out.’ ‘And, I’ll suffer while I drive your new car.’ At this stage, it’s not a monthly payment so much as the nickle and dime repairs. The other day the Exploder died on me. I had taken the day off to get some work done around the house and my car quits. (If there’s a silver lining to this story, it’s that I didn’t get stranded at work.) Click. Click. Click went the starter. Battery right? Yeah. Later that evening my wife asked if I fixed the car. Like a flash of lightening, it hit me: did I really fix it? ‘I’m going to Auto Zone.’ I yelled upstairs to my wife who was struggling with two ornery kids. The retail guy checks the system and says the alternator is fine. I have an electrical short. Arrg! The car sits for a week while I decide what to do. I’m paralyzed with inaction. I fix things myself because I don’t trust others and I like to save money. (Yes. I know I have issues.) I call the dealer. ‘Well, we’ll start you out at $100 and work till we find it.’ Reading between the lines I replied, ‘So, you have a $100/hr service charge. Correct?’ Silence for a moment then, ‘Uh. Yes.’ Apparently, he never had anyone call him out on his car-mechanic double-talk, super-secret covert pricing lingo. Since I didn’t really consider this a viable option, I received names of other friend mechanics but decided to wait until Saturday to give it a good once over. Good thing I did. Aside from not seeing a wiring issue that would classify as a ‘short’, I removed the + battery cable while the vehicle was running (Remember? I installed a new battery) to see if it would continue with just the alternator. It didn’t. Hmmmm. That’s not right. I drove back to Auto Zone to have another retailguy check the system. This one tells me it’s my alternator. I believe it this time and drive home with a new part in hand. Problem solved. New battery and alternator: $225.00. Getting erroneous decision making info from a retailguy, losing 1/2 vacation day and wasting a week thinking about it? Priceless as it is finding a fantastic Bock beer! Absolutley delicious! I’d highly recommend Spoetzl’s Shiner Bock beer to everyone. I won’t verbosely expound on it, but it was gooooood.
Drinkability: Two thumbs up on this one.
Appearance: Amber Brown in color. No head by the time it made it to my table.
The Buds: Very mild and crisp. Minimal aftertaste as noted by the brewer.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.