Summer of the Shandy
Posted: June 25, 2012
The Best Seller: The last few summers, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy has been far and away our most popular summer beer, dethroning favorites such as Bell's Oberon and Goose Island Summertime Kolsch. Leinenkugel's incredible success with the blending of lemonade and beer has spawned copycats, as well as drawing attention to the real pioneers of the style. Summer Shandy is brewed through August. Look for Leinenkugel's brand new Lemon Berry Shandy starting in September. The Original: Stiegl Radler Shandy has been on our shelves for almost 10 years, long before any other version of the style. Look for it in our Austrian beer section. Some can't get used to drinking from 17oz bottles and the $14.99 price tag for the 6-pack, however we highly recommend it. This year, Stiegl released a 2.5% ABV Grapefruit Shandy, a delicious twist on the style. If you are looking for something refreshing to sip on all day, try this beer with friends. The Extremist: Hoppin' Frog Brewery, like they do with many styles, pushed the limits of the shandy style with their Turbo Shandy. Clocking in at 7% ABV, this is not the beer you can sit in the sun drinking all day. However, it is packed with more flavor, alcohol, and zest than the other Shandy's. The Newbies: Shock Top Belgian Wheat introduced its latest seasonal beer, Shock Top Lemon Shandy, just in time for the warm weather months. Anheuser-Busch stayed true to Shock Top's roots when they created their shandy, capturing Shock Top's wheat beer essences and spices. Samuel Adams joined the shandy party this summer with Porch Rocker. Their version of the style is a Helles Lager with a fresh squeezed lemon taste, drawing inspiration from traditional Baviarian Radlers that mix beer with German-style lemonade.