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Shiner Bock in Boston?

megason Dec 1, 2009 07:49 AM

For all of you Texas ex-pats here in Boston, does anyone know where you can buy Shiner Bock in Boston? This was my favorite beer in college but I haven't been able to find it up North. Thanks!

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    LStaff Dec 2, 2009 08:38 AM

    Your best bet for an alternative would be Narragansett Bock I would think. IMO, in about the same quality range. Any non-yellow lager would do actually - Sam Adams Lager maybe - or does that have too much flavor?

    If Shiner Bock tastes best in TX, wouldn't it be reasonable to assume a New England regional would taste best in New England? ;-)

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    1. re: LStaff
      BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 2, 2009 01:05 PM

      Gansett does a bock? Where can I locate this?

      I actually quite like the revived Narragansett for a decent, no-BS accompaniment to a couple chili dogs or a ballgame.

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
        LStaff Dec 3, 2009 11:38 AM

        Yes, I have seen it at some area beer stores, but I'm not sure if its just a seasonal thing. http://www.narragansettbeer.com/produ...

        The regular Narragansett is a bit too sweet for my tastes in yellow lager, but I enjoyed the bock.

        1. re: LStaff
          rknrll Dec 3, 2009 08:22 PM

          Completely agree with LStaff...I'll drink a ton of crappy beers before Narragansett...the sweet thing is weird. The bottles are a slight improvement.

          The Bock is year round, as far as I know.

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      rknrll Dec 1, 2009 04:49 PM

      Are you guys sure you don't mean Lone Star?

      Lone Star is at all those places, but I haven't seen Shiner Bock ever (and I love it) at Kappy's or Downtown or Marty's and I'm at each of those once/week it seems.

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      1. re: rknrll
        MC Slim JB Dec 1, 2009 04:55 PM

        I would not order a Lone Star, nor drink a free one if offered.


        1. re: MC Slim JB
          rknrll Dec 1, 2009 05:30 PM

          Haha...okay. Anyway, I hope you're right.
          Shiner's distribution map shows nothing for NJ/NY/New England...but if you click on any of those states it says "Thank you for waiting. Shiner beers are on their way."

          Hopefully there's something behind that...and it's not just a placeholder to get people to stop asking.

          1. re: MC Slim JB
            digga Dec 1, 2009 05:45 PM

            Ditto! Lone Star is Texan Bud. But still fun to drink!

          2. re: rknrll
            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 1, 2009 07:00 PM

            Yeah, I'm puzzled by this too. If there was Shiner Bock available in Boston, I would be drinking one right now. But I have never seen it for sale at any of those places, and trust me, I'd notice.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
              MC Slim JB Dec 2, 2009 01:59 AM

              Well, it's possible I misremembered / imagined it as being in Boston (wouldn't be the first time). Maybe I had it while traveling somewhere you'd expect to find it. I've searched my notes and photos: no dice. (If it's not a place I'm reviewing for publication, I tend to take an off-the-clock attitude and be less scrupulous about documenting what I'm eating/drinking.) I have Tweeted a query about this, will report back if anyone comes through with a local venue.


              1. re: MC Slim JB
                MC Slim JB Dec 2, 2009 05:29 AM

                In response to my tweet, BeerScribe (a/k/a Andy Crouch, author of www.beerscribe.com and The Good Beer Guide to New England) says 'Probably wasn't Boston unless it was illegally shipped in. Shiner doesn't distribute in the Northeast."

                So I'm guessing my Shiner Bock in Boston memory is specious. Must have been that trip through San Antonio. Sorry for any false hopes raised.


                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  MC Slim JB Dec 2, 2009 07:52 AM

                  Was just looking at the Shiner distribution map online, and the closest state to Boston that carries it is Pennsylvania. That jogged my memory: the Shiner Bock I had was at hotel bar after a wedding in Phillie a couple of months back. Town sorta looks like Boston, yes? Ah, well. Mystery solved.


          3. digga Dec 1, 2009 04:12 PM

            Good god...B and I are racking our brains (he's ex-UT-Austin...we were just there in Oct). Have we seen it at Downtown Liquors in Davis?! Maybe some of the Mexican places might have it?! We'll have to follow up on the Highland Kitchen lead. Sorry we're not much help, but it's a fun topic!

            (But honestly, I think it tastes best in Texas with great BBQ (all consumed outdoors, of course)).

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              kimfair1 Dec 1, 2009 11:04 AM

              I've seen it for sale at the Marty's Liquors in Newton. A friend and I spent a sloppy week in Dallas, drinking Shiner Bock. Good times!

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                alsaman Dec 1, 2009 10:42 AM

                I had Shiner Bock at Highland Kitchen a few weeks back but I don't know if they still have it going since it was a special. Some of the larger beer/liquor stores might carry it such as Kappy's in Medford.

                1. MC Slim JB Dec 1, 2009 08:04 AM

                  I know it exists somewhere in Greater Boston, as I had a Shiner Bock just a few weeks ago, but for the life of me I can't remember where. The beer geeks on the board will come through for you, no doubt. I imagine Bukowski Tavern would be a good bet (that's not where I had mine, though).


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