I love walking home after visiting the Brick Brewery. I guess there’s something about feeling young again when you’re carrying a 24 on your shoulder (which is plain numb by time I’m finished the 3 blocks).
This time though I got a bonus sampler for my efforts so I had some extra hop in my steps. Free beer is free beer even if is labelled as Premium Lemonade Lager.
Was I ever surprised to read about the story of this Lager on the back of the cereal box. The story is confirmed by the German Beer Institute which has even more background to the story.
“After World War I, bicycle riding became popular in Germany. A local innkeeper opened his own watering hole and arranged for a bike trail through Munich to his alpine meadow, only to find some 13,000 cyclists had descended upon his establishment and almost depleted him of his fine beer. Quick thinking led him to mix a stock of lemon soda with his remaining beer and he called it Radlermass (Radler meaning cyclist and Mass means litre of beer in German), which became a wonderful refreshing summer drink.” (quote from the back of can and brick’s website)”
I’m just not sure what it says about cyclists when our thirst quencher is Lemonade Lager.