Summer beers · Summer Shandy

A Summer Shandy and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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.

The Beer:

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.

July 24 2016 003Style: 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.

The Food:

What you’ll need:July 24 2016 001

  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Pesto
  • 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 Pairing:

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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.



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