WAWA, Pa. — Convenience-store chain Wawa is releasing its first summertime beer in partnership with 2SP Brewing Co.
Starting June 24, six Wawa stores will sell Sunfest Strawberry Lemonade Shandy. The limited-edition light-bodied shore beer has a touch of strawberry sweetness and a pucker finish, courtesy of Wawa’s fresh lemonade, the Wawa, Pa.-based company said. It comes in six packs for $8.99.
“Working closely with Wawa's beverage guru, Michael McLaughlin, we brewed a modern shandy recipe that includes a unique yeast that showcases the spectrum of flavors of Wawa's Strawberry Lemonade,” said Michael Contreras, director of sales and marketing at 2SP Brewing Co. “The collaborative approach to the Sunfest beer was to find that balance of upfront strawberry sweetness with a refreshing lemon citrus finish that comes from the lemonade.”
Wawa’s two flagship beer stores in Chadds Ford, Pa., and Middletown, Pa., will sell the brews, along with four new stores that are offering alcohol in the following Pennsylvania towns: Blakeslee, Emmaus, Horsham and Philadelphia.
Sunfest Strawberry Lemonade Shandy will also be sold at two events. The first starts at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wawa’s newest location, 2600 Penrose Ave., Philadelphia. The second starts at noon Saturday at 2SP Brewing Co., Aston, Pa.
The companies have teamed up before to make three holiday brews.
“There’s no better time than now to reunite with our friends at 2SP to provide a perfect summer beverage to our community to enjoy after the past year we’ve all had,” said Mike Sherlock, Wawa chief product marketing officer. “This light and refreshing shandy is perfect for sipping with friends and family in your backyard or on the beach. We hope this beer brings the community together and adds a little extra positivity after a tough year."
Wawa operates more than 680 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region—including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C.—and 210 stores in Florida. It isNo. 10onCSP’s 2021 Top 40 Updateto the2020 Top 202ranking of c-store chains by size.