Radlers, shandies, beer coolers: whatever you call them, beer and fruit juice mixtures are having an undeniable moment. While that’s just peachy for drinkers averse to beer or those thirsting for a light and quenching quickie in the sunshine, there’s a world of fruit beers beyond the sweet, fizzy concoctions I affectionately call brunch-in-a-can.
A refreshing, low-impact mix of beer and lemon or grapefruit soda, Radler was made and named for German cyclists in the 1900s. The shandy, a mashup of beer and lemonade or ginger ale, has been a staple in British pubs since the 19th century. Try these styles from near and far:
Stiegl Grapefruit Radler (LCBO 334052, 500 ml/$2.70)
Amsterdam Sweetwater Squeeze Blood Orange Radler (LCBO 418574, 473 ml/$2.85)
Krombacher Radler (LCBO 418608, 500 ml/$2.35)
Schöfferhoffer Grapefruit Radler (LCBO 380584, 500 ml/$2.30 until July 19)
Waterloo Grapefruit Radler (LCBO 380311, 473 ml/$2.45) In the spirit of mixing it up, give your Radler some guts by adding a shot of gin or blanco tequila.