Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Stiegl Radler at Red Wagon in Minneapolis
A Stiegl Radler offers a tart twist.
Back in the 1920s, Herr Kugler, a German innkeeper, built a bike path through the forest that brought cyclists from Munich right to his inn. Smart little gimmick, yeah? What he didn’t expect was that 13,000 riders would descend on his beer garden that first Saturday, threatening to drink him dry. For his second moment of brilliance, Kugler went to his cellar where he had a stash of lemon soda that he couldn’t sell, and mixed it 50/50 with beer. He dubbed the refreshing drink a radler, which means cyclist, and convinced the bikers that the lower alcohol drink was meant to give them a boost, but keep them on their bikes. It was a smash hit.
Radlers, like British shandies, are still enjoyed all over Europe. Locally, they’re showing up with a fresh twist, with grapefruit instead of lemon. German brand Stiegl Radler has tart grapefruit freshness to it. The kids at Red Wagon Pizza pour it over ice and add a touch of Aperol to cut the sweetness. Pedal on over and try one. 5416 Penn Ave. S., Mpls., 612-259-7147, redwagon-mpls.com