Travis Poling reports that the popular Shiner Bocktoberfest has been canceled after 13 years.
Gambrinus, which owns the Spoetzl brewery in Shiner, sponsored the festival – and it had turned into one of the most popular music festivals in Texas.
A letter to the Chamber from Gambrinus founder and CEO Carlos Alvarez said there will be no Bocktoberfest in 2007 because the brewery needed to focus on expanding its beer production. The event lost money for the last few years as it grew.
“It’s going to be missed, no doubt about,” said Shiner Mayor Henry Kalich of Bocktoberfest’s end. “It was a big part of our economy.”