Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy

I received an invitation from The Traveler Beer Company to sample Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy, their seasonal wheat ale brewed with orange peel, pomegranate and holiday spice. I haven’t sampled a lot of Shandy, so I happily accepted the invitation and then waited patiently for the package.

I received a small white box with a large fragile sticker on the front:

Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy shipping boxWhen I opened the box, I found a note, a flyer about the Shandy, and my very own Traveler Sweater Koozie. The koozie retails for $8 on The Traveler Beer Company website and is currently sold out, so it was super cool of them to send me one!

Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy box contentsNow to the good stuff – the Shandy! The bottle was buried in crinkle paper shreds and well-protected in bubble wrap.

Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy bottle in bubble wrap

Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy bottle

I find Shandys to be a nice break from beer and Jolly Traveler fits that bill. Jolly Traveler draws inspiration from a traditional shandy — ale mixed with lemonade or lemon-lime soda — and is brewed, not mixed, with real fruit ingredients and spice to create a holiday beer style unlike any other. I was intrigued by the cocktail recipes created by the brewery’s mixologist — I’ll have to pick up a six-pack so I can try them!

Jolly Traveler is the third Shandy I’ve sampled from The Traveler Beer Company. Curious Traveler, brewed with real lemon, is available year-round, and Jack-O Traveler, brewed with fresh pumpkin, is a refreshing fall seasonal.

The Traveler Beer Company is a craft beer venture based in Burlington, Vermont with the mission of combining the European shandy tradition with American ingenuity to create the American Craft Shandy. I’d say they succeeded!

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