Shiner was founded in Shiner, Texas in 1909 by Kosmos Spoetzl, a German immigrant who had apprenticed in Germany and worked at the Pyramid Brewery in Cairo, Egypt. The oldest independent brewery in Texas, the brewery’s first major challenge was Prohibition. During Prohibition, the brewery sold near beer and ice to stay afloat, and by the end of Prohibition, only five of the original 13 breweries in Texas were still open for business. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, larger breweries moved in to Texas, making it even harder for small, independent breweries like Shiner. By 1990, Shiner was only producing 36,000 barrels a year. Making the most of the craft beer explosion of the early 1990’s, by 1994 Shiner was producing 100,000 barrels a year, and by 2004 it was producing 300,000 barrels a year. As of 2013, Shiner is the fourth largest craft brewery in the United States. In 2012, their Shiner Bock, Shiner Black, and Shiner Oktoberfest all took home the gold in their respective categories, showing that even after a century; Shiner is still producing award-winning craft beer.