leave your inhibitions at the door
At least for the next couple of months …
Miguel and I were hanging out at Longman & Eagle’s outdoor bar, waiting for our table.
We started out with a couple of beers from Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing. They were good beers, but there wasn’t anything really outstanding about them. When it came time for our second round, I saw the word “Radler” near the bottom of the beer list and asked what it was. The bartender explained it’s from Austria’s Stiegl brewery, whose Goldbrau I’ve had before and didn’t think was very good. She then said that it’s absolutely delicious and explained to me what it was. It must have been pretty obvious from the expression on my face that I was turned off by the description. All she said was, “No, you REALLY have to try this.”
So who am I to turn down a nice bartender? Besides, I can think of worse ways to part with five bucks.
One sip and… BOOYAH!!! My new favorite beer.
Here’s how she described it – “half lager,half grapefruit soda. It’s low alcohol, but it’s refreshing.” OK, of the four descriptors three are NOT what I look for in beer – lager, low alcohol, and grapefruit soda. But this works. Really, really well. It tasted like Squirt soda with some mild beer undertones and is one of the most refreshing beverages I’ve ever had. I can imagine having this on a hot summer day after a playing tennis or doing some yard work. Or during a round of golf. Or even while sitting on my derriere. Really, just about on any summer day. Maybe it won’t be as good in colder months but, for now, it’s my new favorite.
The term “Radler” is a German term for a beer mixed with cider, sparkling lemonade, or ginger ale. Stiegl has three varieties – grapefruit, lemon, and raspberry – but I was only able to find the first two. I imagine I’d like the raspberry as I’m a big fan of Belgian Framboise. The lemon version has been available for a couple years and the grapefruit just landed on our shores earlier this year. So maybe it’s just a matter of time before raspberry arrives.
The store owner said that the grapefruit version is the hottest selling beer in Chicago right now. It’s so popular that stores only get a certain allocation of it so he recommended buying it if I could find any. I took his advice and quickly relieved him of his three single bottles. On the way home, I went to two other stores and was only able to procure another six-pack. I’m now trying to work a connection here to try to get some in Ann Arbor. You can be sure that if it ever comes here, I will ABSOLUTELY NEVER tell you about it. It’s all mine.
But if you’re in Chicago, take a look around and try to find some. And if you bring me back a six-pack, I’ll make you some of my spectacular chilled spicy Japanese eggplant.