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Made with a mix of beer and lemonade, Radler is the German equivalent of the British shandy. Enterprising innkeepr, Franz Kugler, invented the "radlermass," or cyclist's litre, in 1922 after he had a bike trail built from Munich to his forested inn. On the first day the trail opened, he had more thirsty cyclists than beer, so he mixed it with lemonade. Its low alcohol (between 2-4% ABV) makes it an ideal after-sport thirst quencher. At last, this beer-and-juice combination has hit the North American radar, with many craft brewers creating their own unique versions with lager or wheat-beer bases.
YOU MAY TASTE
Grapefruit, lemon, citrus zest, orange, pineapple, Sprite or Wink, soft hops, cereal or bready malts. Clove or banana in the wheat beer versions. Spritzy mouthfeel on a soft, creamy body. A perfect balance of sweet, sour and a whisper of bitterness.
SIP THEM WITH
Salads with citrus or bright fruit flavours: fruit salad with mint, watermelon, basil and feta. Beer-poached chicken. Fruity gelato and ice cream. Light, salty snacks like pretzels, popcorn or potato chips.
Radlers are people-pleasers, especially for folks who love a sweeter tipple like cider or coolers, so stock up for summer barbecues, pool parties or cottage getaways. Pour straight out of the fridge or cooler into tall, slim glasses that will trap the delicate foam and aromatics of the beer.