Here's how the saying should go: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Then pour it in your beer." After doing so, you'll have joined the grand Shandy-esque tradition of spiking lager with a citrus mixture, a combo meant to lighten up the drink's alcohol content and refreshment factor. (One thing it will not lighten up is the attitude of devoted beer geeks -- don't try this one in the company of a connoisseur.)
If you enjoy the blend, you'll be in strong international company, as nearly every country has a Shandy variation in its alcohol annals. In Germany, pilsner plus lemon-lime soda gets you a Radler; add grenadine and you've got France's Monaco cocktail.
Sanding off the edges of a beer with a non-alcoholic mixer -- especially if it's carbonated -- also makes Shandy a viable morning-after hangover cure. Consider it the hair of a very good-natured dog.
In addition to the classic Black Velvet cocktail and the Boilermaker, here are some popular options for blending your favorite brew.
1.) Lager and Lime
In Texas, feel free to order this as the Gringo Honeymoon
12 oz Beer
1.5 oz Lime juice
Combine slowly in a pint glass and stir. Watch out for the head!
2.) The Michelada
A beer-based alternative to the Bloody Mary.
1 oz Fresh lime juice
3 dashes hot sauce
2 dashes soy sauce or Maggi seasoning
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Chilled Mexican beer, such as Pacifico
Rim the edge of a highball glass with salt. Fill glass with ice and add the lime juice and seasonings; top with beer and stir.
3.) The Snakebite
1 part Stout
1 part Cider
Combine in a pint glass, stir gently.
4.) The Cincinatti Cocktail
1 part Soda water
1 part Microbrew
Combine in a pint glass; best served as a morning after curative.
5.) The Groundskeeper
Adapted from Esquire
1 oz ultrasmoky single-malt Scotch
12 oz American pilsner
Combine in a pilsner glass. Possibly endure the criticism of both beer and scotch drinkers.