The Traveler Beer’s Curious Traveler Shandy (Scott Morgan/Special to Juice)
Summer shandys and radler outside the usual selection
Published on July 11th, 2014 | by Matthew Leimkuehler
Shandy and radlers are two types of beers undoubtedly synonymous with drinking on a humid summer afternoon. It’s the type of beer full of flavor worth enjoying while you sit back and soak in some July sunshine. Infused with fruit and lemon, it sends you into a sweet and savory buzz as enjoy every drop of distinct flavor.
How is it made? A shady or radler is created when brew makers add a fruit juice or flavored soda twist to a lager or ale beer. The most commonly known and consumed rendition of these sweet sips is the Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Summer Shandy is great, yes. However, it is not the only beer of this variety available behind the tap or in stores. Want to expand your scope of summer brews to sip on? Here are three shandys or radlers to try this season:
Traveler Beer’s Curious Traveler Shandy:
Packing a pint-sized punch, the Curious Traveler is a beer with a deep, addicting flavor. Lemon-based, is it soothing and sweet — but not so sweet that you’re gut wrenches with distaste after a few glasses. It has a fine and crisp after bite to it that keeps you churning for more and more.
Like most shandys, Curious Traveler is a smooth drink that doesn’t weigh you down. And if you’re not a fan of lemon, there’s also the grapefruit-based Illusive Traveler Shandy and strawberry-based Time Traveler Shandy. All three deliver a tasty alternative to Leinenkugel’s.
ABV: 4.4 percent
Find it: El Bait Shop, 200 SW Second St.
Cost: $4.75 a pint
Stiegl’s Grapefruit Radler
This Austrian grapefruit beer is by far the sweetest of all of the brews mentioned. Bursting with so much fruit flavor that it can be down right daunting to finish an entire glass, this beer is for someone who truly loves fruit flavor gushing with his or her liquor. It’s the type of beer that would be great to chase down a shot of liquor or to sit back and enjoy for a long period of time. Although the robust flavor is good for a short period of time, this is not the kind of beer you want to spend an entire night with.
If you’re drinking Stiegl’s Grapefruit Radler from home, there are also options to spice it up. Try topping off the beverage with a fruity IPA, such as Odell’s Tree Shaker Imperial Peach, to add a bit of an edge and control the flavor.
ABV: 2.5 percent
Find it: Hessen Haus, 101 Fourth Street, 515-288-2520
Price: $5.75 a pint
Boulevard’s Tasting Room Ginger-Lemon Radler
Putting together an irresistible mixture of ginger and lemon, Boulevard has created one of the best beers of the season. The Midwest craft beer champions best known for its wheat and IPA brews take a sweeter side to brewing with this exclusive beer. A bit thicker than the Traveler, the combination of flavors creates a sweet, tart flavor when rushing down your throat. It’s got more of an edge than the staple shandy, but that’s what makes it all the more refreshing.
The Kansas City-brewed radler pulls out all of the stunts to make it stand out. It’s a rise-above-the-rest beer that could knock you off your feet without you realizing it. The one catch is it is hard to find — almost like an easter egg of summer beer — it’s only available in the summer sampler pack.
ABV: 4.1 percent
Find it: Bottled, at various stores
Price: $13.99 for the 12-pack sampler