June 25th, 2014
More than Leinenkugels, shandies are beers mixed with another non-alcoholic beverage, such as a soft drink, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, or fruit juice. Similar beer-based drinks are very popular in Europe, with the German Radler (a half and half mixture of Pilsner and sparkling lemon soda) being one that has made it to the Art of the Table shelves!
The shandy is gaining some new following in the USA with the appearance of the Traveler Beer Company. Traveler is a craft beer company out of Burlington, Vermont. Alan Newman, the founder of Magic Hat Brewery who left the industry when he got bought out by the big guys, was approached by Jim Koch of Sam Adams who wanted Alan’s talent back in the world of craft brewing. Out of this came Alchemy and Science, the parent company of Traveler. Alchemy and Science seeks out holes in the craft beer world, and finds ways to fill those holes, whether they be geographic or style specific. Traveler Beer Company fills the hole of shandies in the craft beer world.
Traveler shandies mix a solid wheat beer with fresh fruit ingredients. Traveler shandies are not just for the summertime. The lemon and grapefruit shandies are year-round products. The strawberry shandy is the current summer seasonal, but look for the appearance of a pumpkin shandy in the fall!