Got a beer, a soda, juice, or lemonade, and a piece of fruit? Then you've got the makings of a pretty dandy shandy or a really refreshing radler. Popular in summer because of their lightness and low alcohol content, these easy beer cocktails work well with fall flavors, too. Here are a few combinations we love.
Variation 1: Peary Good Shandy. A nutty/malty/smooth brown ale (such as Newcastle Brown Ale) + sparkling pear juice + a lemon twist + a pear slice.
Variation 2: Smokin' Cherry Radler. A chocolaty smoked porter (such as Bell's IV: To a Locomotive in Winter) + black cherry soda or cherry juice + a lime wedge.
Variation 3: Pumpkintop Shandy. A pumpkin ale (such as Southern Tier's Pumpking Imperial) + ginger beer + a squeeze of orange juice + an orange slice.