First brewed by monks in the town of Hoegaarden back in 1445, this is the protoype of Belgian “white” beers: pale, cloudy and subtly sweet and sour. Those monks made good use of coriander seed and bitter orange peel from the Dutch colony of Curaçao, both of which are still part of the brewing recipe.
Radler means “cyclist” in German, and also, now, a low-alcohol shandy that refreshes a cyclist when he returns home at the end of a long bike ride. This one comes from Salzburg, Austria, a mix of 40 percent Stiegl-Goldbräu lager and 60 percent fizzy grapefruit juice. Super-fruity and refreshing!
The brewers at Collective Arts in Hamilton, Ont., have created a beautifully balanced citrus blond ale using Citra, Centennial and Amarillo hops, then adding orange and lemon zest to supercharge the citrus. Hops and peel both provide a delectable bitterness that IPA fans will love.