Elderflower lager top
Before this golden age of alcohol-free beers, the next best thing to alcohol-free drinking was a shandy. If you’re not sure what that is it’s basically a lager beer topped with lemonade; actually a refreshing and light drink for a summer’s day. That said (in my experience) ordering a shandy in your local resulted in you getting all manner of stares (and not the good kind). So it was with a sense of nostalgia and intrigue that I saw Shandy Shack’s Elderflower lager top on the shelf.
If you’ve not come across Shandy Shack they are a bunch of young British lads who started out in a pop-up trailer pouring out shandies and experimenting with various tastes. Realising there was an increasing number of people who wanted low alcohol drinks they decided to build out a business and Shandy Shack was born.
There are currently three different flavours to choose from including an IPA shandy, a pale and ginger and the one I tasted today – the elderflower lager top. This particular shandy takes a lager and tops it with elderflower pressé.
So was Shandy Shack’s offering a great blast from the past or did it bring up old nightmares? Well, you’ll just need to read my review below.
Is Shandy Shack’s lager top any good?
When I first tasted this it certainly bought back memories of drinking shandy and then I was hit by the unmistakable elderflower flavour which added an interesting dimension to the drink. The lager itself is pretty refreshing and quite mellow and the elderflower gives it a hoppy, bitter taste. Overall pretty refreshing but I can only really drink one as the elderflower is a little overwhelming.
Aroma & Appearance
Expect classic shandy aromas with elderflower in the background. The shandy had a classic lager look to it when poured into the glass and there was a thin head accompanying it.
Although this low alcohol shandy does have 2.5% ABV you’ll be pleased to hear that it is suitable for vegans and gluten-free drinkers. It is also relatively low in sugars too. Availability-wise your best bet is to buy it directly from Shandy Shack’s site or Amazon.
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