A Hoppy Ending

A Hoppy Ending

I hate beer. I only drink beer that doesn't taste beery -- those fruity Belgian Iambics, say, or the shandy, a traditional British drink that's half-brew, half-lemonade. But the latter, alas, is usually only found in Britain or the occasional British-channeling pub. So, imagine my delight  the other day at DBGB, when a glance at the bar menu revealed a whole section of shandies. Innovative ones, too. Four different varieties, in fact, mostly made with house-crafted sodas. (DBGB, an innovative bistro from master chef Daniel Boulud, specializes in artisanal beers and locally-made liquors). The fab four included the Cyclist (closest to the classic--lemon-juniper soda and a lager), the Picon (wheat beer with Bittermens Amère Nouvelle liqueur), the Aphorism (grapefruit soda with an IPA) and the KneeHigh (a lager with orange-vanilla soda). The last was my favorite. What's a nice Alsatian-style joint doing with a traditional Brit beverage? Well, when the results are this delicious, who cares?

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