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  • Pour Craft Beer & Spirits 4400 South 70th Street Lincoln, NE, 68516 United States (map)

Join us Wednesday, May 8th for our first annual Radlerfest! We'll have homemade lemonades made by our bartenders to blend with some fantastic beer! So refreshing, you'll want to try more than one combo! Ride on out and help us break in our new bike rack!

Radler (German for "cyclist") has a long history in German-speaking regions. It commonly consists of a 50:50 mixture of beer and sparkling lemonade. The origin of the name is lost to time, but is presumed to relate to the popularity of cycling and the need for a refreshing, less-alcoholic beverage on the journey. The story says that a German innkeeper was waiting for his cyclist regulars, when he found out that he did not have enough beer. So he blended the remaining beer with a fresh citrus lemonade. The regulars really liked the new drink, so it became popular.

In northern Germany, a half-and-half made of Pilsner beer and lemonade is known as an Alster (short for Alsterwasser, German for "Water from the Alster", a river around which the city of Hamburg is situated). Regionally the Radler and Alster may refer to shandies made with either citrus lemonade or orange lemonade, with the two terms either contrasting or referring to the same drink. In Hamburg Alsterwasser may also be made with cola, in humorous reference to the supposed appearance of the actual river.

The invention of Radler has been widely attributed to the Munich innkeeper Franz Xaver Kugler in 1922. However the combination of beer and lemonade is documented in texts dating from 1912.[1] Nowadays, Radler is drunk not only in Bavaria, but also in all of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Netherlands, and Romania. 

Later Event: May 8
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