Set for a national rollout in September, Shiner’s Wicked Hazy IPA is a juicy, fruity, 5.7% foray into the haze land, and it’s not the only on-trend thing rolling out of Shiner, Texas. The brewery is also releasing its Day Quencher session IPA, which honestly sounds a lot more suited to quenching the thirst of Texas’ heat than a bock, but we are not one to mess with Texas.
Before you bust out the branding irons in anger, it’s important to note that Shiner’s brewer, Spoetzl, was an independent craft brewery long before being an independent craft brewery was a badge of honor. Its parent company, Gambrinus, is one of the biggest craft breweries in the country. And over the years, Shiner has put out beers as varied as Oktoberfest and a Farmhouse Rye in addition to its IPAs and even a black lager to go along with its beloved bock. To that end, brewing new, on-trend beers is about as Texas as Whataburger and open carry.
With all that in mind, the arrival of a New England IPA just makes sense, given that the other big craft brewers -- Stone, Deschutes, Sierra Nevada… pretty much everyone except Yuengling -- have jumped on the style. And let’s be honest here: if Brooklynites are trying their hand at Texas BBQ, it only stands to reason that a beer synonymous with Texas give this newfangled New England style a try.
Hell, it even pairs well with salsa. Mango salsa, but still...