UFO Blueberry Lemonade and Pink Lemonade Shandy Deliver Unfiltered Summer Vibes

Finding beer options that I can put on rotation just as much as I do my favorite bottles of wine has become my new obsession.  I have been on this beer journey for a couple of years now and think I am coming very close to saying mission accomplished.

I remember one summer ago going to the store with my sister, determined to come home with somebody’s six-pack to test the beer waters.  There we were in the grocery aisle staring at all of the choices.  I felt like a deer in headlights.  It was both overwhelming and funny at the same time, but in the end, we went for New Belgium’s Juicy Watermelon because I wanted a hint of something sweet in my mind to help overcome the hops. I enjoyed it cold with a yummy piece of cake.

Not so hoppy with fruit notes is what I look for now during my search.  This summer UFO Beer introduced something fun, UFO Blueberry Lemonade, a Seltzer’ade-inspired unfiltered wheat beer made in partnership with Polar Seltzer. They also created a Pink Lemonade Shandy (beer mixed with a non-alcoholic drink).  I got my hands on both and here is what I thought.

The Blueberry Lemonade has notes of blueberry that are noticeable in the beginning and then gives way to the wheat taste in the end.  It is light which I like a lot for pairing reasons and also not feeling so full after drinking it.  Keeping with my beer and dessert tradition, I enjoyed this cold with my favorite lemon bites and was able to balance the sweet, tartness and any bitterness my taste buds may have picked up on.

Just a worthy of trying is the Pink Lemonade Shandy.  This was my first time tasting a shandy and I have to say that I really liked it.   The sweet notes almost made me forget I was drinking beer and the tanginess from the lemon was a quick reminder that this summer is here.

Similar to UFO Blueberry Lemonade, it is light which makes a big difference for me and one I would drink all year long and not just during the summer.

Both are only supposed to be around for the summer while inventory lasts so I would suggest getting over to your nearest Trader Joe’s (where I saw them) or other stores where beer is sold before they are gone.  A six-pack of 12-oz cans or glass from tap goes for under $9.  Advanced beer drinkers may want something less fruity, but if you are like me and exploring, definitely give these two a try.

For more information and UFO Beer and other beer selections, visit www.ufobeer.com.

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Sheree has been penning stories since the fifth grade. Her stories took a delicious and adventurous turn as an adult when she became a foodie.