By Dane Feldman
Photos by Dane Feldman.
Narragansett Del’s Shandy
Brewery: Narragansett Brewing Co.
City of Origin: Providence, Rhode Island
Beer Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Bitterness: 14 IBUs
To truly capture my excitement at tasting Narragansett Del’s Shandy, I first have to go back a bit.
As avid Dish + Drink followers may know, I grew up in New Jersey but attended college in western Massachusetts. I spent four years surrounded by New Englanders, which means I spent four years drinking their favorite brews. ‘Gansett’s Lager, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout, and Summer Ale became mainstays in my weekly rotation, so when I moved back home I was disappointed to find that most of my high school friends had little interest.
Last summer when ‘Gansett released Del’s Shandy, its summer brew collaboration with Del’s Lemonade (another Rhode Island favorite), I searched high and low in the New York area. Much to my dismay, it didn’t materialize in any of the places I checked.
Fast forward a year and you’ll find me stopped dead in my tracks in the middle of Mad. Sq. Eats. There it was. A can of Narragansett Del’s Shandy sat in between several other bottles and cans of beer at the Cannibal stand and I knew at once that this was my chance to finally taste it.
Most people say that getting your hopes up is cause for disappointment. I am one of those people. I firmly believe in holding low expectations so that I can be pleasantly surprised, but in this case I just couldn’t contain my joy.
Thankfully, Del’s Shandy was everything I was expecting. The brew is light-bodied, refreshing, and with a 14 International Bitterness Units (IBU) rating, it’s also one of the least hoppy beers I’ve had.
Instead of a traditional hoppy aftertaste, Del’s Shandy, which comes in a 16-ounce can (availability on tap is limited), leaves just a hint of fresh, tart lemon juice on the palette.
Thanks to the subtle lemon flavor and the lack of hops, I am left with the desire to just keep imbibing. This brew is one for the ages and I already know I’ll be drinking it all summer long.
So, if you’re a shandy fan too, all there is to do is say “Hi-Neighbor!” to ‘Gansett and Del’s.