This Hop Sun shandy is a mix of beer and citrus with soda that’s light and refreshing for these summer days:
At the restaurant where I work, we only serve Southern Tier on tap. It’s like a permanent Tap Takeover.
Each and every summer we get the brewery’s popular seasonal, Hop Sun — a summer wheat ale.
About This Drink:
Shandies and Radlers have become quite popular in the past few years. It seems like every summer there’s new flavors and brands on the market. With Hop Sun on tap, we started adding in fresh-squeezed lemon juice and some liqueur to the beer for our basic and delicious house shandy.
- .5 oz lemon juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
- .5 oz orange juice
- .5 oz Domaine de Canton
- 10 oz Hop Sun
- 4 oz Sierra Mist
- Citrus garnish
Add the citrus and simple syrup into an empty pint glass with the Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. Next add 8 to 10 oz of Hop Sun and then top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon, lime or orange wedge — or all three.
From The Brewery’s Website:
ABOUT HOP SUN
Style: American Wheat Ale
Brewed Since: 2004
Fermentation: Ale yeast, one variety of hops, three types of malts
Color: Straw, light honey
Effervescence: Crisp, moderately carbonated
Nose: Bready wheat, light hop aroma, lemon rind, pine.
Flavor: Balance of malts and hops, pleasantly bitter finish, light sweetness from wheat.
Body: Light, refreshing
Serving Temperature: 45-50°F
Glass: Weizen glass, pint glass, mug
When I woke up this morning, I had the itch to make beer cocktails tonight — so I reduced some IPAs and made simple syrup.
I’ll be making drinks with these simple syrups tonight only at Forte.
The first one I made was, of course, Southern Tier.
I also had a bottle of Sierra Nevada’s new single hop IPA — the Idaho 7 varietal.
According to Sierra Nevada, this newly developed hop has a fruit-forward nose. Expect complex fruity aromas of orange and apricot with hints of black tea-like character and a pleasant fresh herbal bouquet.
Sierra Nevada kicks is doing a whole series of IPAs this year, all exploring different hopping methods: single hop, fresh hop, wet hop and wild hop.
Beer Simple Syrup
Want to make your own beer simple syrup?
Read more about it online here, here and here.
Forget the teams squaring off each year on the field, it’s beer that’s the real winner of the Super Bowl each year — and here’s what I had tonight:
There’s a new hard cider on the market, but this one has a local connection to Western New York: DeMunck’s Hard Cider.
According to the DeMunck’s website, the company makes its cider in small batches. Hopefully it’s a year-round product. This stuff’s exceptional — dry and flavorful.
ABOUT DeMUNK’S HARD CIDER
DeMunck’s ferments 100% pure apple juice with its own house Belgian Abbey Ale yeast for a very special hard cider. Made in small batches, DeMunck’s Hard Cider is smooth, easy to drink and naturally gluten-free.
•5.0% Alc. by Vol.
•Naturally Gluten Free
•Fermented with Belgian Abbey Ale Yeast
•Packaged in 12 oz amber glass bottles in high sided 6 packs to help preserve freshness
•Available on draught in 1/6 and 1/2 barrel kegs.
DeMunck’s Hard Cider is produced by the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, N.Y.
Another maple syrup cocktail, but this time one with beer! I found the recipe over on Liquor.com and spent most of the weekend serving ’em up to bar patrons.
About This Cocktail
A bourbon and beer drink with maple syrup for sweetener and some citrus for flavor.
2 ounces bourbon
2 dashes Angostura bitters
.25 oz lemon juice
.75 oz maple syrup
Southern Tier Harvest (Or Phin & Matt’s)
Add all of the ingredients, except the beer, to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass (highball, collins) and pack it full with fresh ice. Top with beer and garnish with an orange wedge.
At my bar, we only have Southern Tier on tap. The recipe called for Old Speckled Hen, which is an English ale. The Phin & Matt’s worked alright. It’s an American-style Pale ale. For my money though, the Harvest, which is a bitter, worked really well in this drink.