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Two Texas Originals, Balcones Distilling, and Spoetzl Brewery Collaborate on Limited-Edition Texas Bock Whisky Release
Prestigious Texas Whisky Distiller to Debut Texas Bock Whisky, Distilled from the Shiner Bock Recipe
May 4, 2020
Balcones Distilling announced today its newest special release, Balcones Texas Bock whisky, made in partnership with Spoetzl Brewery, the creator of Shiner Beer. Derived from Shiner traditions and distilled by Balcones, the Texas Bock is a malt whisky made from the exact recipe for Shiner Bock beer, utilizing the brewery’s mash bill and proprietary lager yeast strain to create a remarkable flavor profile.
The Balcones Texas Bock whisky marks the third collaboration between the two prestigious Texas brands, following the Barrel-Aged Bock craft beer released by Shiner in March of this year and the Barrel-Aged Spoetzl Märzen released in 2018. The new limited-edition expression is a straight malt whisky that was aged in first-fill American oak barrels for at least two years and made with a mash bill of over 51 percent malted barley.
“We are always excited about exploring the methods and processes that produce unique and complex flavors, so we were thrilled to collaborate with the Spoetzl Brewery team to create this new whisky,” said Jared Himstedt, head distiller at Balcones Distilling. “It is always inspiring to partner with folks who are committed to quality, craftsmanship, and flavor.”
Texas Bock starts with a bright nose full of pear puff pastry, cinnamon icing, walnut praline, and orange peel. On the palate, the whisky is juicy with notes of buckwheat sourdough pancakes, Shirley Temple, maple streusel, strawberry pop rocks, and seasoned oak. It finishes with holiday spices and hints of raspberry cobbler, dried rosemary, and soft suede.
“We look forward to having another opportunity to work with the world-class team at Balcones,” said Tom Fiorenzi, director of brewing at Spoetzl Brewery. “This whisky, in addition to our Barrel-Aged Bock, showcases an exceptional partnership between two Texas-made iconic brands, and we are excited for future opportunities to partner.”
Balcones Texas Bock retails for $39.99 and will be available at Balcones Distillery in Waco, Texas, and at retailers throughout Texas and Oklahoma for a limited time.
About Balcones Distilling
Driven by a passion to create something original and authentic, Balcones Distilling marries centuries of distilling tradition with the bold flavors of Texas. Balcones is synonymous with quality and innovation in the whisky industry, known for emphasizing high-quality ingredients and drawing influences from all over Texas. To date, the distillery has earned over 350 national and international tasting awards and accolades for their whiskies and spirits. Balcones is currently available in 22 states and is one of the fastest-growing whisky brands in the country.
Balcones distills all of its beloved spirits inside the historic Texas Fireproof Storage Company building in downtown Waco. At the heart of the distillery are four copper pot stills built by Forsyths, considered some of the best artisans in Scotland. Guests can now visit and tour the facility, with tastings and events held regularly, and see why Balcones is always Distilled to Appreciate. Visit BalconesDistilling.com for more information.
About Spoetzl Brewery
The Spoetzl Brewery was founded in Shiner, Texas (population 2,069), in 1909, brewing beer with old-world traditions and recipes for the many German and Czech settlers in Central Texas. Since then, the brewery has grown to be one of the leading independent craft brewers in the country, with beers available in all 50 states and Mexico. But every drop of the award-winning beer is still brewed in Shiner, Texas where it all started over 100 years ago. Visit Shiner.com for more information.