Aspen Times Weekly Libation: A Dandy Shandy |

Aspen Times Weekly Libation: A Dandy Shandy

by Michelle Locke for The Associated Press
This June 15, 2015 photo shows MillerCoors' Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co., Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch and Harpoon Brewery's UFO Big Squeeze Shandy in Concord, N.H. The shandy, classically beer mixed with lemonade, though other flavors can be used, has been a seasonal staple in Europe since at least the mid-1800s. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
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Drink IT

A few brands on the market:

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker

Shock Top Lemon Shandy

Narragansett Del’s Shandy

Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy

Don’t let life’s lemons sour your summer. Use them to sour your beer, instead. It’s what’s called a shandy, a refreshing drink that classically is beer mixed with lemonade, though other flavors can be used. It has been a seasonal staple in Europe since at least the mid-1800s when British drinkers ordered their “shandygaff,” often beer mixed with ginger ale. But lately it’s been showing up on American cocktail menus and supermarket shelves, with new bottled and canned varieties on the market and bartenders experimenting with their own fruity beer combos. The idea is to have fun with a drink that’s a little bit lower in alcohol and a departure from some of the oh-so-serious drinks that have been dominating cocktail menus recently.

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