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Texas Brewery Behind Shiner Beer Is Getting Into the Hard Seltzer Game

Austin bagel company collaborates with local restaurants for schmear smash-ups, plus more news

The Shiner Straight Shooter hard seltzer
The Shiner Straight Shooter hard seltzer
Spoetzl Brewery [Official]
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Shiner Beer’s Hard Seltzer
Spoetzl Brewery, the over-100-year-old Texas brewery behind Shiner beers, is making its own hard seltzer. The Shiner Straight Shooter, which is being made with water sourced from the brewery’s hometown of Shiner, will be produced in four flavors: wild cherry, lemonade, mango, and grapefruit/lime. Available formats include a variety 12-can pack, and six-can packs dedicated to the lemonade and wild cherry options. The hard seltzers will be available in the state only at the end of August.

Similarly, Topo Chico, which now operates under the Coca-Cola umbrella, recently announced it was launching its own hard seltzer, though it will only be available in Latin America sometime later this year.

Bagel Schmear Collaboration
Austin bagel shop Rosen’s is creating collaborative schmears, spreads, and toppings with local restaurants and food shops. Each item will be available for a month through the bagel shop’s website (alongside its frozen bagels), as well as its physical location within East Austin cafe and beer bar Brew & Brew. August includes the peach jam and toasted pecan schmear with the Austin Jam Company, and the caramelized kimchi schmear with Chi’lantro (the latter will be added permanently to Rosen’s menu). September will feature a chili relish and cilantro schmear with Old Thousand, and October has a to-be-announced lineup of spreadable cheeses picked out by Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.

Fundraiser Auction
Cancer mental health support nonprofit Flatwater Foundation is hosting a virtual auction, Keep Auction Weird, this week, aiming to raise money for its organization. Auction items include a virtual omakase dinner led by Uchi/Uchiko’s Tyson Cole, an in-person steak dinner at Jeffrey’s, and a bunch of Yeti gear. It began this morning and runs through Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m.


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