This past weekend has been unbearably hot. I personally don’t like the heat, so having a glass of ice cool beer after a hot day is just what I need. Add in a little lemon and have a light meal to with it equals the start to a relaxing night.
This week’s beer is the Curious Traveler (Seasonal) Lemon Shandy presented by The Traveler Brewing Company. The bottle has some nice eye catching, colorful art.
Style: A wheat ale brewed with lemon peel and has a 4.4% alc./vol.
Color: Light wheat color
Aroma: Lemon with minor floral notes
Taste: This beer is a little on the sweet side. It’s mild with an upfront lemon taste and no real after taste. Smooth and not overpowering.
Level of Recommendation: I think this beer is great for when it’s really hot outside and you need something a little stronger than a soda.
What you’ll need:
- Whole wheat pasta
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Feta cheese
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add in the whole wheat pasta and cook as instructed (or your personal preference). Drain and run under cold water to cool off the pasta.
Slice up the tomatoes. In a mixing bowl, place in pasta and then stir in the pesto and sun dried tomatoes. Place in a bowl to serve and sprinkle in some feta.
The saltiness of the pesto really helped to bring out more of the citrus in the beer. The beer also became a little bit sweeter with the help of the tomato. The downside is that the beer does overpower some of the creaminess of the pesto. Overall a nice light pairing for a hot day.
Level of Recommendation: If you want something light and cool on a hot summer day then this is a decent pairing.