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Summer of the Shandy

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.

3 thoughts on “Summer of the Shandy

  1. I was in Croatia last summer, and two of their biggest beer makers, Karlovacko (which Binny’s carries) and Ožujsko (which Binny’s doesn’t) both make lemon, grapefruit, and apple radlers in the same style as the Stiegl. The difference is the Croatian beers taste exponentially better! Please try and get the Croatian radlers to Binny’s! They are fantastic!

    • Mike, with the current sky high popularity of shandys/radlers in our stores, we wouldn’t hesitate to carry any of them. If the two Croatian breweries you mentioned decided to start distributing their radlers in the Chicago area, you will most definitely see them on our shelves!

  2. Summer Shandy reminds me of beer with lemon pledge. why not just make your own radler with a nice lager and sprite or lemonade like our friends the Germans

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