I suffered a stiff neck recently (and all too often). Some of my favorite cures are to visit my chiropractor/acupuncturist (but not at 9 pm) and/or a stiff drink.
I happened to have a bottle of Lienenkugel’s Grapefruit Shandy in the frig and after a few generous sips, the neck muscles relaxed. I got to wondering: What’s a shandy?
According to Wikipedia (not exactly a beer expert), shandy is beer mixed with a clear carbonated lemon-lime drink or a clear lemon-flavored beverage. In Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, this clear lemon-lime soda is referred to as lemonade and when mixed with beer it is called lemonade shandy. The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste, but are frequently half lemonade and half beer. Shandies are popular in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
According to this article from 2014, craft beer was hesitant to run wild with shandies except for Jacob Leinenkugel’s Brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the shandy that happened to be in my refrigerator purchased at Sprouts Market. Since launching their Summer Shandy back in 2007, they’ve watched it become their best-selling brand. However, craft beers consider shandies dumbing down their brands because of low alcohol content.
I think a shandy is dandy especially on a hot summer day but according to CNBC (2016), Lienenkugel gave the shandy a bad rap by designating it as a summer drink. The craft beer company, Traveler Beer Co. announced the release of Traveler IPA Shandy, which it calls “the world’s first ever heavily hopped shandy,” made with real grapefruit and seven different hops.
I’ll drink to that…but Traveler is no more.