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Narragansett to distribute shandy just in time for FLorida just in time for summmer

narragansett-dels-shandy-6-packOn a hot Florida summer afternoon there is perhaps nothing more refreshing than an ice-cold sweet and tart shandy. In case you are not familiar with this delicious hot-weather adult treat, take a look at my “I Know Jax” segment or previous blog post on the subject.

This summer, one of the best shandys will be coming to Florida just in time for sipping after a hot afternoon mowing the lawn or lounging in the sun on the beach. Narragansett Beer is expanding distribution of its popular Del’s Shandy to the sunshine state.

Get more details in their press release below:

Narragansett Beer is excited to announce that its popular summer beer Del’s Shandy is now available in Florida. This mash-up between the iconic New England brewer and Del’s Frozen Lemonade gives drinkers a taste of a quintessential New England summer. The beer blend of ‘Gansett’s award-winning Lager with Del’s tart lemon concentrate creates the perfect thirst-quenching brew for when the weather gets hot.

The runaway New England summer hit is the highest rated major lemon shandy in America, according to BeerAdvocate users. Brewed under the supervision of celebrated Brewmaster Sean Larkin, the blend provides an effervescent, citrus blast backed by just enough sweet malt to keep it from becoming too sour.

At 4.7% ABV and 14 IBUs, Del’s Shandy is best served in backyards and on sunny beaches. It’s available in six packs of 16-ounce tallboy cans ($8.99-$9.99 SRP) and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans ($13.99-$15.99 SRP).

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases


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New Beer Guy segment: Summer Shandys & Radlers

Florida summers are hot, humid and uncomfortable. In order to survive them a cool refreshing drink is an absolute must. My friend Joe Talentino, producer and host of ‘I Know Jax,’ sat down with me at Aardwolf Brewing Company to talk about summer shandys and radlers.

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Posted by on July 9, 2013 in Beer Styles, I Know Jax, The Beer Guy


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Cool down with a refreshing shandy or radler


shandy (Photo credit: osde8info)

In England they are known as Shandies, in Germany they call them Radlers and these beer cocktails are now catching on all over the world. No matter what you call them, these concoctions are a mixture of beer and sodas or juices. In England the Shandygaf – or Shandy – can be a mix of ale with ginger beer, ginger ale, apple cider, hard cider or any other soft drink. Traditionally, though, a Shadygaf is beer and ginger beer. In Germany the ingredients are essentially the same but the style of beer used is, of course, lager. In both cases these refreshing mixtures are generally low in alcohol, generally weighing in at less than 4% ABV.

The exact origins are not truly known, but according to at least one account, the German version of the light, refreshing beverage can be traced back to June of 1922. At that time of the year, the weather in Germany can be very hot and humid; a combination that often calls for many brews to help cool and refresh travelers. Alas, during that hot month, Gasthaus owner Franz Xaver Kugler found himself without enough beer to quench the thirst of the bicyclists and mountain hikers that were his guests. To resolve his problem, Kugler quickly inventoried what he had on hand and discovered he was overstocked with lemon-lime soda. In a stroke of genius, he added the soda to the remaining beer and named it for the bicyclists that so often stayed with him. The Radler was born.

In England, the Shandy has been around for well over one hundred years. In fact, the Shandygaf is mentioned in a comic novel written by H.G. Wells, the writer of The War of the Worlds. In The History of Mr. Polly, Wells describes the Shandy as a mixture of two beers and ginger beer.

Variations of the drinks abound; one of the more popular mixtures is beer and cider known as a snakebite. Beer mixed with cola is often called a diesel in England, while Hefeweizen mixed with cola is called a Colaweizen in Germany.

Domestically these tasty summer treats are brewed and distributed by a number of breweries. Leinenkugel‘s Summer Shandy is an excellent example that is widely available. Dundee also makes a refreshing summer mixture of lemon and lager.

These delightful beer cocktails are a great way of beating the summer heat. So, break out the rocking chairs on the breezy front porch and relax with a cold shandy as the world slowly passes by. It is sure to put you in a summertime frame of mind.

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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Beer, Beer Education, Beer Styles


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Surprisingly refreshing beer cocktails

This is a black and tan made with Guinness (dr...

This is a black and tan made with Guinness (draught nitro can) and Bass Ale (bottled). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though beer cocktails have been around for a long time, new combinations and flavors are becoming all the rage in the cocktail-drinking world. Sure, you can still find your typical Black & Tan made with a combination of a stout and a lighter ale (Guinness and Bass Ale work spectacularly), the Snake Bite made with stout and hard cider (Guinness and Strongbow), or the Black Velvet made of stout and Champaign (Guinness and Perrier-Jouët is expensive, but oh so worth it). But, in the new age of craft beer, there are many more tasty combinations to try, some of them twists on old favorites.

One particularly refreshing beer cocktail is the shandy. A shandy is a British concoction of equal parts beer and lemonade. At the Heavy Seas Alehouse in Baltimore bartenders mix together Heavy Seas Classic Lager, homemade pomegranate lemonade, a sprig of fresh rosemary to create the Sea Shandy. Other variations of this summer refresher include the blueberry infused Blue Brew Shandy and the watermelon flavored Lemon Melon Lager.

One would not expect it, but the Germans enjoy mixing their beers with other ingredients to create unusual and refreshing flavors. One such mixture is the Diesel; half lager and half cola. Served very cold this cocktail is remarkably refreshing and the cola sweetness and fizz adds a welcome kick.  This drink is also very popular in Japan.

In New York City, Dutch restaurant and bar Vandaag creates the CB3 Sour from Rodenbach sour cherry ale, rye whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice and housemade grenadine. This variation on the whisky sour is a hit and has regulars returning again and again.

More and more bartenders are discovering the pleasures and versatility of using beer as a cocktail ingredient. As the trend continues consumers come out the winner with greater variety and new exciting drinks to imbibe.

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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Beer


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