Beer of the Week: Curious Traveler and Tenacious Traveler Shandy

Staff Writer
A shandy in a bottle? We're intrigued

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Each week, The Daily Meal shares a craft beer for the week. This week we're looking ahead to summer. 

It's not exactly shandy weather outside in New York, but we'll certainly take a beer that makes us believe it's warm out — especially a shandy with a very curious mustache. The Curious Traveler Shandy and the Tenacious Traveler were first released last year by the same founders of Magic Hat Beer Company, under a new company, Alchemy and Science.

Of course, the traditional shandy is just a mix of beer and lemonade, also called a radler (in German) or panaché (in French). So what does a bottled shandy taste like? Well, not quite the same as a shandy you'd find at Shake Shack — but that doesn't mean we don't like it. The original Curious Traveler Shandy is more of a sessionable beer, as it's not a beer-lemonade combo. Instead, the Curious Traveler is a wheat beer brewed with fresh lemon and lime. What's left is a citrus beer that rivals a good lemonade on a sunny day. For tasters here at The Daily Meal, people called it the beer for beer haters in the world — those who hate the taste of beer. But even the beer lovers were impressed with the Curious Traveler, thanks to its hefeweizen (wheat beer) roots. 

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Its companion, the Tenaciuos Traveler, is just that — tenacious, thanks to a strong aroma and taste of ginger. But not everyone in the office was thrilled with the spiciness (or aftertaste) of the ginger in the shandy; after all, the point of a shandy is something that's crisp and refreshing. But a spicy alternative to the shandy may hold us over until we're drinking shandies in the beer garden come summertime.