Day 10 – 24 Spirits of the Season – Leinenkugels Cranberry Ginger Shandy
I’m not all into standard beers. Sure, if I’m somewhere and a cheap beer is all they have, I might have one. But I would prefer a better tasting beer. One that has a nice flavor and isn’t too heavy or too sweet.
Enter Leinenkugel’s who makes Orange Shandy and Lemon Shandy, which are flavored pilsners. For the holidays, they have created Cranberry Ginger Shandy, which uses cranberry as a heaviest note for this brew.
Since Utah beers sold in grocery stores are limited to being 3.2% ABV, this beer is not that strong in it’s alcohol content. Normally I would balk at that. But that’s ok, given that this beer has a nice smooth flavor and it’s hoppy at all. The cranberry flavor is not overbearing at all and is quite nice to throw back with a meal or on it’s own. I’ve had other Leinenkugel’s like the afore mentioned Lemon and Orange Shandys. So it’s no surprise that I liked this beer a lot. I look forward to finishing off the other 5 bottles that I purchased.
I’ve been meaning to pick up the sampler pack with this but never did. My wife’s family are big Leinie’s drinkers. They used to vacation at Leinie’s Lodge in Chippewa Falls, WI. I wish I knew her then.
Oh wow. That’s a cool history of where your wife’s family used to vacation. I bought the 6-pack of these (I have one left, so you can tell how much I liked them). I just wish they were more than 3.2% ABV (stupid Utah law)
There was another Leinenkugels shandy that we tried last year and it was actually really really good. If I see this cranberry ginger one I’ll have to give it a whirl.