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Perfectly Refreshing Summertime Beer and Lemonade Shandy

The photography for this post was provided by local blogger, Abby Thome of The Thome Home.

Just because the Fourth of July has come and gone doesn’t mean that summertime is coming to an end. In fact, here in Cleveland, the weather has been sensational. Hot and sunny along with the bluest of skies that keep rolling in and I can’t get enough of it. If the summer heat has you yearning for a cool down, look no further than the classic refreshing Shandy cocktail.

The Perfect Summer Drink

The Shandy is a mix of beer and lemonade that pairs so well together you’ll be half tempted to open your very own lemonade stand. The summer mixture could have originated in Ireland, United Kingdom, or Germany depending on who you ask. No matter where it came from, we do know that it has since become known as a perfectly refreshing drink that hits all the right notes of summer. Depending on your preference, you can either serve this chilled or over the highest pile of ice. This concoction can be created utilizing any of your favorite brews and pairing it with Heinen’s Organic Lemonade. The beer options are endless, but usually, you can’t go wrong with something that is a lager.

Beers Made for a Shandy

  • Inexpensive Version – Michelob Ultra or Miller/Coors/Bud Light
  • Traditional Version – Harp Lager from Ireland
  • Craft Version – Founder’s Solid Gold Lager
  • Local Option – Market Garden NANO Lager

Heinen’s has an outstanding selection of beers to choose from. Get adventurous! An extensive selection of craft beers that you can set out to let your guests mix and match for their shandy. Although there are a number of different ways we could have made the shandy,  we chose to go with the Stiegl Radler Lemon 4 Pack from Heinen’s to pair with their Organic Lemonade, and it was a total hit! This fruity, lemon forward lager has a very low alcohol content which allows you to mix your shandy with ¼ part lemonade, ¾ part lager.

Heinen's logo in black
By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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