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The Drink: Shiner Prickly Pear

By Matt Starlight

Temperatures are rising and the sun is just about ready to turn our local blacktops into cast iron skillets. Preparation for this eight-month heat wave means reevaluating your favorite restaurants, bars, and drinks, and with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, now is the time to bone up on some south-of-the-border inspired brews. Coming from the Mexicamerican state of Texas, Shiner is whipping up “The Official Shiner of Summer” or the Shiner Prickly Pear.

This Prickly Pear is brewed with prickly pear fruit and other natural flavors. This summer lager is a light, mellow drink that would do well in on a hot summer afternoon celebrating the Day of the Battle of Puebla. Out of the bottle, it pours an attractive golden brown with a slight head of foam. It looks crisp and sparkling. It’s got a citrusy flavor and a nice, floral aroma. It doesn’t taste too boozy, but boasts a respectable 4.9% alcohol content. Basically, you could hand a bottle of this to beer lovers or haters: either of them would probably enjoy it.

According to the bottle, the prickly pear is the fruit of a cactus native to the Texan landscape. It’s blended with Citra hops, known for importing citrus and tropical fruit notes, and Golding hops. Pair this with your next crawfish boil or shrimp po’boy to get the most out of it.

When you’re packing up the ice chest full of Blue Moon, Shock Top, and Purple Haze for your long awaited beach trip, don’t forget to stop by a place with a real collection of beer and pick up a six-pack of Shiner Prickly Pear. It’ll serve you well under the hot southern sun.

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