Return of the Radler: 8 Radlers to Cool Off with this Summer

“Thanks to a thirst-quenching combination of beer and lemonade, or other light-bodied nonalcoholic beverages, radler beers are one of the most refreshing alcoholic beverages to cool off with during the warm summer.

In German, “radler” translates to “cyclists,” and the story goes that an unexpected mass of cyclists are what inspired Franz Xaver Kugler to come up with the drinkable concoction at his inn just outside of Munich in 1922. Faced with more cyclists than beer, the quick-thinking inn owner mixed up a 50/50 combination of a helles lager and lemon soda to stretch his beer supply farther, and the rest is history.

Today, the modern take on this European classic often includes grapefruit instead of lemon, and fruit puree in place of soda. But one thing remains the same: the cycling community and craft beer lovers are still looking for a refreshing, low ABV beer to sip on in the summer, and these pro-radler breweries are happy to oblige.

Summer Radler Beers

Roadie Grapefruit Radler | Great Divide Brewing Co. | Denver

When the owner of the brewery is as big of an avid cyclist as Great Divide‘s owner and founder, Brian Dunn, there’s bound to be a radler on the beer menu. A leader in the modern radler beer revolution, Dunn and his team are brewing up this easy-drinking ale with grapefruit puree, and serving the slightly tart, but oh-so-refreshing drink in 12 ounce cans — perfect for stashing in a bike-pack to crack open and celebrate with after a grueling ride….”


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