Shiner, Texas: More Than Beer

Most people know Shiner, Texas for its beer. Shiner is the home of the Spoetzl Brewery, the oldest independent brewery in Texas, known for producing Shiner Bock, a dark German/Czech-style beer that is now distributed in 41 states. However there are other little known — but interesting — facts about this city in Lavaca County, named Read More

Texas Czech Polka Anthem: “The Shiner Song”

Anthem for Shiner, Texas “The Shiner Song” is a polka that has made the Shiner, Texas community legendary…even more than the beer (or the sausage). Shiner High School Comanches are one of the few – if not the only – high schools with a polka as their fight song. The rhythm of the song is used as Read More

Shiner Smokehouse Celebrates Huge Milestones

Celebrating Shiner Smokehouse Patriarch & Arrival at Houston Kroger Supermarkets This is a special day! It is Paul “Buck Sr.” Patek’s 70th birthday and the day we have chosen to announce a huge milestone for Shiner Smokehouse. We are extremely proud to announce that Shiner Smokehouse sausage will now be available for purchase in Kroger Read More

Shiner Smokehouse Labor Day Nostalgia

Shiner Smokehouse  Reminisces At Shiner Smokehouse, we love the summer. Summer means vacation.  Summer means camping. Summer means friends and family. Summer means poolside and lakeside. Most importantly, summer means grilling. It’s been an exciting few months here at Shiner Smokehouse, starting with the Annual Shiner GASP in May, establishing a relationship with Kroger Supermarkets Read More

Sausage and Polka: Joe Patek Orchestra

Joseph (Joe) Patek was born on September 14, 1907, to John and Veronica Patek in Shiner, Texas. But his Czechoslovakian roots ran deep. His father, John Patek, Sr., had become an accomplished musician when he was a boy in Czechoslovakia.  In 1889, at the age of twenty, he immigrated to America and played in community bands. In 1920, Read More