By Dan Clarke
May 2, 2016 - A couple of beers needed analysis. But the Giants game was to be televised on Saturday afternoon. Fortunately I can multi-task in cases like this.
Both beers were somewhat unusual and brewed with the summer drinker in mind. One of them was from Deschutes, a reliable producer in Bend, Oregon. The other was from The Traveler Beer Co., a subsidiary of Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams, et al) located in Burlington, Vermont.
Traveler Beer Co.
Style: IPA with Citrus
Serving Style: 12-ounce bottles, kegs
Availability: Nationally, year-round
(Pabst Blue Ribbon and about 20% Sprite)
Miller Brewing/the Coca Cola Co.
Los Angeles/Atlanta, Goergia
Style: Lager and "lemonade" in the British stye
Alcohol: Less than 5%
Sereving Style: Bottles, cans and kegs
(our sample from draft)
Availability: Everywhere in the U.S.
Appearance: “Very light yellow”
Aroma: “Only the sweetness and freshness of Sprite (the shandy component)”
Taste: “Minimized beer flavor. More effervescent and refreshing as the addition of Sprite cuts out any beer bitterness. A good drink when a beer drinker doesn't really feel like beer.”
Food Affinity: “Fresh fruit—nectarines? Strawberries?"
Reviewer Sarah Jones is an American but learned to like Shandies when she lived in England and worked as a barmaid at The Old Bull and Bush in Hempstead Heath.