As summer gets close you will notice more and more summer beers hitting the shelves. These beers will be lower in ABV, so you can drink all day, and packed with citrusy flavors. The style of beer that is on tap for this weekend is one that is growing in popularity and one that is perfect for the summer. This weekend Leinenkugel Brewing Company’s Summer Shady is What’s on Tap!
A shady is a very popular style of beer, especially in Europe, that is mixed with another type of soft drink, think soda, or even juice. Typically the “base beer” is a wheat beer or, as the Germans call it, weiss beer and then the juice is added. This style and drink is rapidly growing in the US thanks to Jacob Leinenkugel’s line of Shandies. Brewed with natural lemonade Summer Shandy is becoming a staple for Leinenkugel; undoubtedly you have seen someone drinking one at a tailgate, pool, or on the beach.
The trick to a shandy is maintaining the beer / juice balance. With Summer Shandy the lemon that is dominates in the aroma is balanced nicely within the beer’s wheaty flavor. It also can be difficult to manage and balance the tartness of the citrus, which if not done properly will turn drinkers away. As you drink this Shandy you will get some, very little, hoppy and earthy flavor which is off-set nicely by the shandy’s finishing malty sweetness. Throughout each sip you will notice a subtle sweetness, I get a lot of honey, to balance the natural lemon juice.
So this weekend, as you dream of Spring Break, warm weather and summer crack open a Summer Shandy!
Style: Fruit Beer
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 4.2%
Bitterness (IBUs): 13.5
Color: Gold with some haziness
Malt: Pale and Wheat
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