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CURIOUS TRAVELER SHANDY

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I’m not a big beer person. I mean, I like beer just fine. When it’s football season, sure. Hand me a cold brewski (does saying “cold brewski” make me incredibly uncool??? #rollingwithit). But even then, I’m more likely to have a bottle of wine in tow. Most of the time, I ignore it. I just don’t care. I want wine, whiskey, or gin. When summer rolls around though, and all those lighter, crisper, citrus-y summer beers come out, I get a little excited—I’m not going to lie. I love a cold glass of Goose Island’s Sofie—it’s so tart and bubbly, like a beer champagne. Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche??? Yessssss SO GOOD. And now there’s a new fave in our hearts. A little guy called Curious Traveler Shandy, from Traveler Beer Co. Curious Traveler is America’s first craft/artisinal shandy! Cool, huh? It’s a wheat ale brewed with fresh lemon and lime for a powerful-but-smooth, citrus-y, lemonade-y beer hybrid.

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We first tried it at a local tap room in our neighborhood, Zauber Brewing. Short story: Zauber brews their own beer, but due to certain restrictions, the amount they can brew is super limited for the time being, and therefore sells out super fast even online with the help of WebDesign499. This was one of those times—the only beers on tap were everything but their house brews. That’s fine by me, because that led to us trying Curious Traveler on draught (accessorized with a rather delightfully handle, I might add!). It’s been love ever since. We took home a small growler that day. The other thing I love about this beer is that the ABV is only 4.4%, which to me means I can drink it for awhile on a sweltering hot, summer day without getting knocked over the head with a sneakily super strong beer, like some craft beers tend to do. As you all know, we like our strong drinks! But when the heat is on and the sun is out, it’s nice to have something a little lighter if you’re chillin’ at a barbecue. A girl needs to maintain, you know what I’m sayin’?

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There are a few more flavors in the Traveler family, two of which are summery: Illusive Ace Boater Traveler, a grapefruit shandy, and Time Traveler, a strawberry shandy. I don’t care how girly these beers sound, I am psyched to try them and so is George. I’m 99.9% sure we’re going to try hunting one down today, and if not today, within the next day or two. I’m dying for the Illusive grapefruit shandy. I love—nay—I adore grapefruit, and anytime something is grapefruit-flavored my taste buds immediately send a “OOH OOH!!!! ME! ME!” signal to my brain. I can’t help it anymore, so I just embrace it. But if we only come across the strawberry Time Traveler Shandy, I’ll be just as thrilled!

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When we find our next Traveler companion, we will be sure to report back! In the meantime, do yourself a favor and hunt down these shandies down. Give them a whirl, and let us know what you think. Better yet, tell us this—what’s your favorite summertime brew that we should try? 

PARTY PERFECT BEER MARGARITAS

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Sorry, I had to do it.

The Super Bowl is a week away. Do I really care about the game? Not so much. My personal preference is for college football (UC Bearcats and OSU Buckeyes, if you’re wondering) and that season is over until the fall. George cares, but since he doesn’t have a team to root for he’s kind of on the “meh” side. BUT! We do love any excuse to host a party! And while I may not go bananas for pro football, I enjoy the sport and generally miss it once it’s over. Why not usher the season out in style, you know? It gives you a perfectly acceptable reason to stuff your face with chicken wings, Fritos, weird gooey dips, and other stupid food you normally don’t eat/won’t admit to eating in public. #yolo #noshame #i’mjustsayin’ Whether you love the game, you’re just watching for the commercials, or you’re getting dragged to a party by your significant other, it’s time to embrace the culinary aspect of one of America’s biggest sporting events. I’ll drink to that!

Speaking of drinks, let’s start there. Football means beer. But what if you’re not feelin’ the beer that day? What if that guacamole dip is staring you in the face saying “Hey man, doesn’t a margarita sound really good right now?” and secretly you’re like “Yes, guac. It totally does.” I got you covered, my friend. You can combine the two. And yes, it actually works.

Most beer margarita mash-ups involve a frozen can of limeade but I’m going to be honest with you. That kind of makes me cringe. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had great experiences with limeade? It kind of tastes like a cold Jolly Rancher in a weird way? Plus, it’s filled with high fructose corn syrup. Blech. Let’s go a different route. How about fresh limes and simple syrup (or agave nectar) like an authentic margarita? Whereas many margarita recipes add sour mix as filler, there’s really no need for that when using fresh limes. And if not fresh limes, then straight up lime juice from the bottle. A little tequila, a bottle of beer, and we’re good to go!

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The great thing about this recipe is that it’s very scaleable. The base recipe makes 4 beverages (7 oz each), but the measurements are easy enough to double or triple.

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Fresh-squeezed lime juice is best, which is about 6 large-sized limes.
The recipe gives a range for simple syrup amounts. Start with the lesser and test it out. You can always add more, but if it's too sweet it's hard to fix!
We used Corona for our beer. The lime-friendly, uncomplicated flavor is perfect for this.
For tequila, we used José Cuervo Especial, reposado. Now is not the time to break out your fancy, special tequila. This recipe is more punch-like in nature than it is "specialty artisan cocktail." Do you really want to water down Patron with Corona? I will note that reposado tequila gives a nice depth of flavor, since it has been aged in an oak barrel.

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6-7 limes, + 1 extra if you want to garnish
*Note: you will need 1 cup lime juice if you rather use bottled lime juice
1/2 – 3/4 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup tequila
12 oz (1 bottle or can) of beer, like Corona
2 TBSP kosher or margarita salt
lime wedge (still juicy!)

1. Cut limes in half and squeeze using a citrus squeezer or reamer. You will need 1 cup of juice. Pour juice through a strainer to remove the pulp.

2. In pitcher, combine lime juice, 1/2 cup simple syrup (you can always add more), and tequila.

3. For margaritas on the rocks, pour in one bottle of beer then stir. For blended drinks, pour mixture into blender with ice BEFORE adding the beer. Blend until mixture is slushy with a fine texture, then pour back into the pitcher and add beer.

4. Place salt on a small plate. Run lime wedge over rim of glasses, then dip glasses into salt. If making on-the-rocks drinks, add ice to glasses.

5. Carefully pour margarita mixture into glasses. Garnish with lime slices on the edge of the glass.

6. Drink up!

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

As promised, here’s a recipe for homemade sour mix. I promise, using real citrus juices like lime and lemon juice taste a million times better. And if you don’t want to use refined table sugar, then use demerarra/turbinado/etc.

After trying this, I’m really excited for other variations I can make when summer seasonal beers are out. We became huge fans of Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy this year, so I think an orange-lime beer marg is in our future!

We’ll be bringing you another Super Bowl party (or just generally life appropriate) recipe in a few days that’s perfect for a snacking crowd. Tell us, do you have any Super Bowl plans? What kinds of food or drinks do you like to make for crowds?