Summer of Beer II

Okay, okay, okay there were a bunch or responses to my blog about lager beer and many IPA fans beet me about the head and shoulders, but I sweat I’ll get to IPA’s tomorrow. Toight I want to talk about Shandy’s – summer shandys to be specific.

Shandy’s are beer with a twist—usually a citrus twist. I have noticed many of these are wheat beers. You know, the thicker kind of beer brewed with a much higher percentage of wheat. I’ll talk about wheat beer later.

Shock Top http://www.shocktopbeer.com/about-us.html is a Belgian Wheat beer which comes in lemon and citrus peel. It’s clean refreshing and moderately priced. It is also available on tap in many places. I thought it was best of the summer shandys I ran into.

Fat Tire Citradelic http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/citradelic is an entry from the folks who bring us Fat Tire Amber Ale. It is a nudge more expensive than Shock Top, but just not quite as great. Good mind you, but not great.

Leinenkugel’s https://leinie.com/beer/summer-shandy summer shandy did not seem nearly as good as its reputation. It was way to thick and not nearly as refreshing as a lemonade infused wheat beer would have. I really don’t remember the price, but somehow $10 a six feels about right.

I thought the worst beer of the summer was a watermelon and cucumber thing called Seed Free and Joy http://www.beerinfo.com/index.php/pages/seedfreejoy.html  I got from Delaware Brewer 16 Mile. This brewer sells many wonderful brews \, this wasn’t (to me) one of them.

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