Texas’s oldest brewery and original whisky distillers have come together to create a small batch craft beer that has been aged in ex-whisky barrels.

The iconic Spoetzl brewery has been brewing craft beers for over a century, it was founded in Shiner, Texas and named after brewmaster Kosmos Spoetzl. Originally the recipes were created for the states German and Czech settlers and over the years has become one of the country’s leading independent craft brewers.

The new brew, Spoetzl Märzen is to be available for a limited time from October 1, 2018. It has been described by the Gambrinus Company, the privately held craft beer company who owns Shiner Beers, as a true labour of love which has been handcrafted with the utmost care, attention and patience.

The beer is made using imported Munich malt and hops that emphasize lightly toasted and spicy malt flavors. It then gets bold and full-bodied notes after resting in barrels previously used for maturing the Balcones single malt whisky.

spoetzl marzen barrel aged beer
(PRNewsfoto/The Gambrinus Company)

“Barrel-aging is wildly popular from beer to coffee, not to mention the original way to make a Märzen-style lager. It was great to work with our friends over at Balcones Distilling, as the tannins from whisky-soaked barrels naturally increase the clarity of the beer while also imparting a unique roundness and incredible color to the beer,” said Tom Fiorenzi, Director of Brewing at Spoetzl Brewery.

Perfect for the fall, Spoetzl Märzen boasts notes of caramel and wood oak with a long, smooth finish.  It has an ABV of 11%. It is vibrant, well balanced and offers both depth and character.

The Balcones Distillery has won more than 300 international tasting awards and accolades. Jared Himstedt, Head Distiller at Balcones Distilling said: “We are thrilled to be working with the Spoetzl Brewery team on this collaboration as it’s not every day that you find another brand that shares your dedication to quality, craftsmanship and flavor complexity.

“This is a great opportunity to work closely with the team at Spoetzl Brewery and we look forward to continued collaboration with them in the future.”

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Jennifer Hardy
Jennifer is a writer for various websites mainly on the topics of travel, leisure, and whiskey mainly around Europe. She is originally from England, now living in Spain. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found swimming or snorkeling during the summer and hiking in the mountains, equipped with a rucksack and tent during the winter months. You can visit her blogs at www.whiskyadventurers.com, www.tripstipstravelstastes.com, and www.jennifersdesk.com.