An old favorite is returning to the taps of Juneau, Alaska-based Alaskan Brewing Co. and maybe to your home.
The beer is Ginger Shandy, which was originally brewed in 2010, and has an ABV of 4.2 percent and 15 IBU. It is brewed with two-row crystal malt and NW Pilsner malt, is lightly hopped, and one pound of fresh ginger per barrel, before being blended with carbonated lemonade.
It will be the latest release for Alaskan’s Rough Draft Export Series, a project that allows unique research and development process in which non-brewers are given a chance, under the guidance of a brewer, to develop and brew a new recipe on a 1-barrel pilot system. According to Alaskan’s communications manager, Andy Kline, this new beer only makes it as far as the break room where the staff gets to try it. If the beer is given good reviews, it is given consideration to be brewed on Alaskan’s 10-barrel system.
Ginger Shandy will be released in April, but will be in limited supply. It will be available on draft, although it will not be available in all 17 states that Alaska distributes to. There is also a chance Ginger Shandy might be found 12-ounce bottles in some Alaskan Sampler Packs as a special “brewer’s choice” selection in the spring or summer.