I love it when my friends come bearing gifts. We had our friends over after the holidays and they were kind enough to bring a nice sampling pack of Traveler Shandy. I credit the Traveler Shandy for serving as the inspiration for my DIY Beer TastingFlights. I will tell you more about the DIY Beer Tasting Flights after I share a little bit about Traveler Shandy.
The Traveler Beer Company out of Burlington, Vermont offers some of the most different Shandy-style beers around. According to Traveler’s, “the Shandy tradition dates back to the 17th century and is typically beer mixed with a citrus-flavored soda or carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or cider.” For my sampling pack I had the chance to try:
– Time Traveler Shandy, a 4.4% ABV Shandy featuring real strawberry
– Curious Traveler Shandy, a 4.4% ABV Shandy featuring fresh lemon and lime
– Tenacious Traveler Shandy, a 4.4% ABV Shandy featuring real ginger and clover
Of the three varieties I can safely say the Curious Traveler Shandy was our favorite. While all were deliciously refreshing, the Curious was so crisp and tasty; definitely GGG approved!
With three awesome varieties of Shandy to try I immediately had the idea of DIY Beer Tasting Flights. I have been secretly coveting a beer flight set for months now and even included one as part of my Holiday Gift Guide but the thought of another “thing” in my house just seems like too much and these DIY Beer Tasting Flights are a perfect compromise.
To create your own DIY Beer Tasting Flights you will need a large, flat wood surface, like a cutting board, and large shot-style glasses. The glasses I used hold 1.5 ounces. I lined up several glasses in a row and placed my beer bottle at the top of the row.
Typically beer flights are served in three to five ounce portions so feel free to use larger glasses if you have them. I liked the idea of using large shot glasses since I have a large shot glass collection and could create a personal sized flight. For a party or large gathering I could fit even more glasses on the cutting board to create party-sized DIY Beer Tasting Flights.
I then filled the shot glasses with the three types of Shandy and tasted the varieties along with my husband. It was a fun way to sample and try different varieties without drinking the entire bottle of Shandy.
With New Year’s Eve right around the corner this would be a fun way to serve up some beers or even wines at a party with a few of your friends. These DIY Beer Tasting Flights are great conversation starters and allow you to expose your guests to a variety of beers or wines without breaking the bank.
Happy Tasting and Happy New Year! Cheers!