First, if you haven't already, head over to Austinite Lee's blog I Love Beer, where we learned this week that Shiner 97 is going permanent this fall.
Rahr & Sons' Ugly Pug Black Lager and Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager: one for each giant Texan man-paw, to put it in properly hyperbolic terms (everything is bigger in Texas).
Well, sort of.
As fun as it may be to imagine the birth of a viscous Texas Tea style that could show up among the BJCP categories one day, that simply ain't how we brew 'em here. Dark as supercells though they may be, the offerings by Rahr and Shiner couple a great roasty bite with climate-appropriate drinkability. These are very much beers of their place.