excerpt:"Back before there was Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, or Real Ale, there was Shiner beer. Back before there was Jim Koch, there was Kosmos Spoetzl. Back before the microbrewery explosion –heck, back before the word "microbrewery" was coined – there was the Shiner Brewing Association.
It has been exactly 100 years since a group of German and Czech immigrants sat down and decided – in a very different brewing landscape than today's glitzy, marketing-driven one – that the townsfolk of tiny Shiner, Texas (population 2,070), needed to satisfy their beer needs with their own hands. They just wanted to immediately gratify their desire for a taste "