New Schell's grapefruit beer offers fresh refreshment--finally!

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Beer aficionados can finally sip a Schell Shocked grapefruit German radler.

The Mankato Free Press reports that the seasonal beer was scheduled for a May 1 release, but the New Ulm based brewery faced a delay while it had to tweak and re-tweak the recipe to get it just right.

The Business Journal notes that the August Schell Brewery is Minnesota's top brewer.

The Mankato newspaper reports that the delay in launching the new brew came when Schell's sought to use all-natural flavorings. That meant grapefruit juice instead of grapefruit-flavored oil. But the juice proved too pulpy for the brewing process, sending the brewers in search of alternatives. Ultimately, Schell's found a blend of juices from Oregon. The resulting brew is described as having a light, crisp body with a mild malt flavor, hop bitterness and an essence of citrus.

Schell's is also releasing "Star of the North." That beer's description says to expect "an interesting mix of fruity flavors reminiscent of ripe lemons and apple juice with a touch of spice."

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