Just Say No to Shandy

  • “We don’t drink shandy ‘cause that’s for girls!” -- Beerzone

    Truer words have never been sung.

    I’ve heard of shandy. Never had it… until now.

    Boo was kind of enough to give a bottle of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. I gladly accepted, having enjoyed just about ever other Leinenkugel offering.

    I got home and opened it up.

    And contemplated the first sip… then the second. Then the third.

    And my verdict: Beerzone are prophets. While Summer Shandy would be enormously refreshing if I was sitting in the sun in Arizona in summer during the worst heat wave ever recorded. It is very light and has a lemony taste. However, I highly doubt I shall ever be in that situation.

    Summer Shandy is just horrid.

    Then I had a Hook & Ladder Brewing Co.’s Backdraft Brown. It is OK, a little too hoppy, but has an decent underlying flavor. Nothing to write home about, and I probably won’t get it again. However, one nice thing about this brew is the maker donates money for every barrel sold to a local burn foundation.

    Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager’s weak body is almost covered by the smoky brunt overtones. Almost. Maybe it is because the brewery was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but I am not all that impressed. Drinkable, but nothing special.

    Now, Magic Hat Not Quite Pale Ale #9 I would buy again. A nice light ale with a sweet apricot flavor, this more than drinkable and stands out a little. Not the best, but better than average. Slight bitter finish.

    The first beer I ever tasted was Budweiser. I was probably 2 or 3 years old and my grandfather used to give me sips to start me out right. Nevertheless, I remember it tasting like crap. When I got older, it still tasted like crap.

4 comments
  • annemarie
    annemarie you're right about the bud. while the younger end of my customers ask for budweiser, peroni, corona, birra moretta and so on are what the 30 yr+ customers buy in my store. how taste improves with age.
    July 7, 2008
  • capnkirk
    capnkirk Bud is good for one thing, and one thing only - near frozen on a blistering hot summer day.
    November 2, 2008
  • Mark
    Mark When we used to go for sunday drives in the summer as a family we used to be allowed one shandy. I was probably 12-13 at the time. Back then they tasted great but it has been 30 years since I had one.
    November 2, 2008
  • LumbeerJohn
    LumbeerJohn I've never heard of a shandy before. I'll give it a shot if I ever encounter it. Doesn't sound very good though. I also had the Voodoo lager and was unimpressed. I just expected more from it.
    November 3, 2008