Balcones Brings Back Texas Bock Whiskey In Collab With Shiner Beer

By Gary Carter / June 6, 2021

Balcones Distilling is bringing back its special release, the Balcones Texas Bock whisky, with another year of aging and nuance under its belt. Aged three years and made in partnership with Spoetzl Brewery, creators of Shiner Beer, the Texas Bock whisky honors Shiner traditions and is based on the exact recipe for Shiner Bock.

Using the brewery’s mash bill and proprietary lager yeast strain, Balcones aged its Texas Bock for an additional year in American oak barrels to create a complex flavor profile based on the original Texas Bock.

Balcones Texas Bock

Balcones Texas Bock (image via Balcones)

Balcones Texas Bock whisky came out a year ago as part of the Balcones Texas Originals series. The 2021 Texas Bock release will be the fourth collaboration between the two distinguished Texas brands. Previously, Balcones Distilling and Spoetzl Brewery partnered to develop a Barrel-Aged Bock craft beer and Barrel-Aged Spoetzl Marzen.

“Texas Bock whisky is beloved by Shiner and Balcones fans across Texas, so we were committed to releasing more of it,” said Jared Himstedt, head distiller at Balcones Distilling, in a prepared statement. “Now, by aging the whisky another year, we’re excited for everyone to experience some deeper nuance in the product.”

Tom Fiorenzi, director of brewing at Spoetzl Brewery, said, “In addition to its love of Texas traditions, Balcones shares our dedication to quality, craftsmanship and Texas-inspired flavors, and we hope everyone enjoys the latest release of Texas Bock.”

Balcones Texas Bock retails for $44.99 and will be available at the Balcones Distillery in Waco, Texas, and at select retailers throughout Texas and Oklahoma for a limited time.

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