Beer Reviews

Sunspun Shandy

No such thing as too much fun in the sun.

A light-bodied golden ale brightened up with orange and grapefruit juice. Sunspun (4.5% | 20 IBU) is a refreshing Shandy shining with bright citrus character. Read on to meet the newest member of our seasonal squad!

Reviews are done by our Sensory Specialist Travis Houston, a Certified Cicerone and FoBAB judge.

Malt: Pilsner

Hop: Cascade

This brew is the latest addition to our seasonal can lineup. What does Sunspun bring to the table compared to our other seasonal offerings?

Sunspun is a Shandy, a style of beer that originated in mid 19th century England. Mentions of a drink called “shandygaff” from the time describe a mix that was part beer, part ginger ale. Over time, “gaff” was dropped from the name, and other soft drinks, often citrus based, found their way into the blend. Today, citrus flavored sodas are the most common. Shandies have long been associated with sporting events, often used as a refreshment for both athletes and fans. The German version is called a Radler, which means cyclist, and the reason why is pretty interesting. The story goes that a cycling club stopped at a bar that was running low on beer. To make sure they didn’t run out, they started blending the beer half and half with lemon-lime soda. Everyone loved it, and German Radler was born. Sunspun is light and crisp, with plenty of delicious fruit character, but is still an ale at heart. 


What are the notable characteristics of this beer?

Fresh, juicy grapefruit and orange are matched by sweet, crackery malt, creating a brew that’s loaded with fruit character, but still definitely beer. This allows Sunspun to stay light and nimble while still delivering loads of flavor.

What makes you want to drink this beer?

We’ve already had a few warm days, and the forecast is calling for more. This beer is perfect for the pool, kayaking, or just watching the game on a warm afternoon.


What are some other shandies that you really enjoy?

Stiegl makes a popular and delicious Grapefruit Radler. The most popular is probably Summer Shandy by Leinenkugel, which introduced many to the style. A personal favorite is Del’s Shandy from Narragansett, which is made with lemonade.

Appearance: Light gold with good clarity and fluffy, white foam.


Aroma: Fresh, bright grapefruit, juicy orange, and sweet, crackery malt.


Taste: Grapefruit and orange lead, followed quickly by sweet, bready malt. Slightly sweet citrus lingers pleasantly.


Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium carbonation.


Overall: Grapefruit, orange, and sweet malt notes burst from the glass in this light gold, light bodied, refreshing shandy.


What foods would pair well with Sunspun?

This would go really well with grilled chicken and veggies.


Ideal glassware for Sunspun? A shaker pint glass.