Beer of the Week: Potosi Brewing Co., Steamboat Shandy

BY BRIAN ALBERT | JULY 20, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Beer of the Week is a seasonal brew infused with pure cane sugar and lemon juice.

Created in Wisconsin by Potosi Brewing Co., Steamboat Shandy is a sweet summer brew with a bright yellow glow and a foamy head.

"It's a nice, refreshing shandy beer that tastes like a weiss combined with some lemonade," said Joe Hotek, the beer-room manager at John's Grocery, 401 E. Market St.

The beer is highly carbonated, and because it's combined with some bittersweet flavors, it can drink more like a champagne than many other brews.

Steamboat Shandy ranks at a respectable 5 percent alcohol by volume, exudes sweet, lemon scents, and isn't excessively filling.

Hotek says the drink is less sweet than the most popular shandy, which is Leinenkugel's summer variant.

And though some might be turned away by its lemon flavors, Hotek says the beer definitely isn't lemonade — the fruity hints aren't too powerful. They simply provide a nice tartness.

Like most of our summer-beer recommendations, Steamboat Shandy pairs excellently with common grill-out foods such as burgers, brats, and steaks.

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