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Friday, December 13, 2013

Tap Handle #344: The Traveler Beer Company (Boston Beer Company) - Curious Traveler Shandy

This tap features some really great artwork, the styling of which is reminiscent of the surreal stop motion collage art used in British culture in the 1960s and 70s, in such influential shows as The Beatles Yellow Submarine and the Monty Python television show. It's so unique compared to other taps, which is commendable. I've seen a different version for the Jacko variety that is red with different art, but it's not striking as this tap.

The shandy tradition dates back to the 17th century and is typically beer mixed with a citrus-flavored soda or carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or cider. Today, English publicans pour a blend of traditional English ale with various lemon and lime beverages for their patrons, though real lemons or limes are rarely used.

Alan Newman of Alchemy & Science had traveled to Europe back when he was the founder of Magic Hat Beer Company. He was struck by the cloudy citrus-infused beer favored by the locals, known as a shandy. He came away from the experience determined to develop his own recipe. When he moved to Boston Beer Company's Alchemy & Science, he used that experience to combine craft beer with lemons and limes into his first shandy. The House of Shandy Beer Company was formed under the Alchemy and Science division and Curious Traveler was the first product of both entities. The House of Shandy was renamed to the Traveler Beer Company, and it now brews 4 varieties, including strawberry, pumpkin, and honey ginger.

Curious Traveler is a fresh, bold, craft-brewed, all malt wheat ale infused with real lemons and limes. This shandy has a lively fruity flavor and a powerful “throw your head back” fresh lemon aroma. Weighted average on is 2.81 out of 5.

The Traveler Beer Company Website (check out the great cocktail mixes!)

Source Material
The Traveler Beer Company website
All About Beer Magazine

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