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How To Make A ‘Hop Sun Shandy’

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:

Style: American Wheat Ale
Brewed Since: 2004
ABV: 5.1%
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.
Bitterness: Light
Body: Light, refreshing
Serving Temperature: 45-50°F
Glass: Weizen glass, pint glass, mug
Availability: Spring


Filed under BEER, BRANDS

Hamburg Brewery’s Sweet Tang

I know I just used this picture yesterday, but what I didn’t mention was that this beer is actually a seasonal offering called Sweet Tang made by the Hamburg Brewing Company:

From the board at the bar:


From Their Website:

Introducing Sweet Tang, a genuinely refreshing citrus lager brewed with grapefruit and Lemondrop hops. Sweet Tang is suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and pairs well with any summer activity. 

Its citrus aromatics penetrate your senses while a grapefruit tang escapes to a soft, but crisp finish. During summer, everyone deserves a Sweet Tang.

Beer Profile
Style: Fruit Lager
ABV: 6.0%
Color: 7 SRM
IBU: 18
Body: Low to Medium
Aroma: Citrusy Grapefruit
Malts: North American Pilsner, Honey Malt, Carapils
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Lemondrop

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