Market Garden Brewery is joining the shandy game.
The Cleveland brewery — which recently was named the most underrated brewery in Ohio by Thrillist.com — is set to release Shandy on draft and in bright yellow cans starting in March.
"Ohio is a huge shandy market and we've had a lot of call for it," partner Mike Foran said.
The shandy market is dominated now by Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, along with a slew of other Leinenkugel's flavors. Foran said they enjoy shandy, but want it made in Ohio and not Wisconsin. (Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron and The Brew Kettle in Strongsville are two other Ohio breweries that offer packaged shandies.)
He kidded that "everybody and their mother is coming out with a [hard] seltzer" but the brewery thought a shandy would be a better option.
Market Garden spent about six months perfecting its recipe. Market Garden Shandy is a traditional lemon shandy, which means it's a mix of beer and lemonade.
"It's been a fun project and took us in a bit of a different direction," brewmaster Andy Tveekrem said.
Shandy, which features lemon juice and lemon peel, is 4.5 percent alcohol by volume. It will be available on draft and in six-packs from March through July. A six-pack will retail for $9.99.
The beer will be available in Northeast and Central Ohio.
In other Market Garden news, the brewery has reformulated its Hellamango, a session IPA with mango, and decided to release it this year in 12-ounce cans, as opposed to bottles.
The beer, which is 5 percent alcohol by volume, is now dry-hopped, making it "a little more aromatic" and "more IPA forward," Tveekrem said.
Hellamango also will be available March through July. Six-packs will retail for $10.99.