Whata-hoax: Texas fast-food chain is not releasing a beer with Shiner

Updated 4:59 p.m. to include comment from Whataburger.

Whataburger has created its own custom pair of sneakers, a Yeti tumbler and even a grocery store brand of bacon. One thing it's not putting its name on, however, is an original beer.

Rumors began circulating online this week that Shiner and Whataburger, both Texas staples, would be teaming up to create a beer. And not just any beer -- a "Whatabeer," described in what we now know is a fake image as a "premium lager." The image even promises it's "coming soon to a Whataburger near you."

Some "news" is, in fact, too good to be true.

A spokesperson for Spoetzl Brewery, which produces Shiner beers, confirmed the Whatabeer is a fake. Whataburger, too, has tweeted it has "no plans to sell this product."

"While we tip our hat to another great Texas legend, Whataburger doesn't have any plans to serve beer at our restaurant or get into the beer business," the company said in a statement. "We appreciate all the enthusiasm from our fans and we welcome them to swing by a restaurant for a root beer."

At least there's one related rumor folks can be excited about: Contrary to a previous article, the popular fast-food chain will not be closing all its stores in 2018. Phew.

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