The Best Kept Hidden Gem in Texas You Had No Idea Existed
NOT THE GEM YOU EXPECTED
Welcome to Shiner, Texas! Just your typical small country town in Texas town. To outsiders it may just be another town you drive through on your way to a bigger destination, however, this little town holds a precious little gem, and it's not what you expect at all.
No, we aren't talking about the infamous Spoetzl Brewery that pumps out the delicious Shiner Beer Texans know and love. The hidden gem no one talks about is disguised as your typical old convenience store.
WELCOME TO HOWARD'S
Driving up to this little run-down convenience store you'd imagine outdated candy and a rinky-dink cash register. However, once you open those doors you are pulled into the magnificent energy of "Howard's."
LET'S START WITH DECOR
Walking into this convenience store is a treat. You will notice all the alcohol decor hanging from the walls, ceiling, and doors- we will dive more into that next. Look to your right and you will be thrown down a museum of nostalgia.
An entire aisle is dedicated to renting DVDs and VHS tapes; locals can take advantage of the 3 3 3 rental deal- that's 3 movies, 3 days, for 3 dollars- suck it Redbox!
As cool as the vibes are inside, the aesthetics are not what makes this place so interesting. The real gem inside is the beer. We aren't talking about the massive selection of Shiner beer in the cooler or the mini-kegs of Shiner on the shelf, nope it's much greater than that.
Howard's changes the game by serving up ice-cold on-tap beer! Boasting a variety of beers including some of the best Shiner flavors, along with other import/domestic beers as well. I mean honestly how unique is that.
DON'T JUST ORDER YOUR BEER
Hang out and drink it too! Grab a pickle and bag of chips then head out back. The fun doesn't stop after you order. Folks head out back to hang out and drink- y'all remember this is a convenience store right?
Say hello to Mr.Chicken who roams around outside. Pick a table and sip on some fresh beer. The vibes at this place are one of a kind. You will completely forget you're at a convenience store.
This unique store was a stop on the Texas Bucket List and one customer explained Howard's perfectly, "If you into a convenience store they tell you 'you can't drink on this property' you come to Howards nobody's gonna look at you differently, they're gonna cheer you," -Cheers to that my guy!