Texas- American-Style Lager- 4.0% ABV. Ruby Redbird is brewed with Texas Rio Red Grapefruit, and ginger. This lager beer features grapefruit tartness and finishes with a 'lil kick of ginger.
Brewers use wheat ales and lagers as base beers, since they are generally lightly hopped, and malted or unmalted wheat in the grain bill can allow the sometimes delicate fruit essences to show through more desirably than with 100 percent barley malt. Brewers may also use pale Belgian styles, or, at the other end of the color spectrum, porters and stouts as the bases for their fruit-flavored beers.
Fruit character ranges from mild to intense, and brewers can select from a long list of fruits for their desired beer flavor. Popular fruits include cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches and pomegranates. Beers with fruits associated with herbs and/or spices, such as juniper berry and elderberry, may be classified in the Herbed/ Spiced Beer style. Porters and stouts may be classified as their base beer style rather than as a Fruit Beer, depending on the balance of flavors.
Midway between San Antonio and Houston, the Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner, Texas, began brewing beer in 1909 as the Shiner Brewing Association. The brewery started with its first offering, Shiner Premium, and then followed in the German tradition when it first released Shiner Bock as a seasonal beer in 1913.
In 1914, the brewery recruited German immigrant Kosmos Spoetzl as its first brewmaster to bring his Old World recipes and experience to the brewery. After a one-year lease with an option to buy, Spoetzl did just that in 1915.
When Prohibition began in 1920, the brewery made ice and birch beer, sometimes known as “near beer,” and was rumored to continue to produce Shiner Premium for local farmers. By the end of Prohibition, Shiner was one of only five Texas breweries to survive the dry spell.
Upon Kosmos Spoetzl’s death in 1950, the tradition lived on as his daughter took the reins and renamed the facility the K. Spoetzl Brewery.
Changing with the times and adapting to trends and practices, Spoetzl added cans as an option for Shiner beers in 1970, and by 1973 Shiner Bock became a year-round brew.
Brewed with inspiration from Bock and Euro Dark Lager styles, Shiner Bock is decidedly American and amber in color, brewed using a process that creates an inviting, smooth taste without the excessive bitterness that characterizes many micro, specialty and imported beers.
In addition to Shiner Bock, Spoetzl beers include Shiner Light Blonde (American All-Malt Lager), Bohemian Black Lager (Schwarzbier), Hefeweizen and a variety of seasonal and special-release beers.
Source: Spoetzl Brewery