Summer Shandy

by The Professor on June 24, 2011

Musical pairing – Summer Wind by Madeleine Peyroux

I don’t remember why or when I started making this beer cocktail, but the Shandy has become my summer staple when the temperature rises in Indiana.

I’ve seen versions with ginger ale, lemonade, and even sparkling water.  But for me, there are plenty of bubbles from the beer alone.  This version is so simple, but doesn’t lack in the flavor department.  I prefer a Wheat Ale, and our locally brewed Upland Wheat Ale from the Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington, Indiana is the perfect choice.  (Debra and I actually visited with Upland’s brew master, Caleb Staton, and will share a video about him and the brewery in a week or two.)

You’ll see pre-mixed versions of the Shandy on grocery store shelves, but don’t be fooled.  There is nothing like fresh squeezed lemon simple syrup, and it really only takes a few minutes to make.

I’m sure there are some guys out there that couldn’t fathom putting lemon and ice in their beer.  But to this guy, it’s the perfect summer accompaniment.

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