The burning sun, the thick muggy air, the sweat pouring down our necks. THIS is summer, folks. And, while the season does come with its fair share of perks (the whole no snow thing), it can prove to be a menace in itself. But, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. A white knight, if you will, to come and save us from our misery. Yes, friends. That white knight is the reliable summer shandy.

When you think of this lemony libation, your own personal favorite may come to mind. You may think of a microbrew version or even a home recipe that has always provided you with a refreshing, soothing shandy. But, there’s also a fair share of brand names that are delivering shandies definitely worth trying.

  • Leinenkugel’s: Perhaps the most well-known on our list, this shandy has hit the shelves for a second year in a row, marking the true start of “Leinie time.”
  • Shock Top: The beer most well known for its interesting flavors also has a lemon shandy. We’re game to give it a whirl.
  • Curious Traveler: Brewed at The Traveler Beer Co., known for their dedication to authentic shandies, the Curious Traveler prides itself on using real lemons and limes.
  • Narragansett/Del’s: For just a limited time, you can get the ridiculously refreshing combo that is Narragansett beer and Del’s lemonade. These two classics pairing up can only create a masterpiece.

We know. It’ll be hard to choose. But when the heat hits, we know you’ll be reaching for a shandy.