The history behind the Radler style is almost as zany as the half beer - half fruit soda concoction itself. But to better understand the Radler, which was originally conceived in the Bavarian region of Germany (we’ll get to that in a second), we start in mid-18th century England with what was once known as the Shandygaff.
Today known generally as a Shandy (a beer mixed with a soft drink, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or any variety of juice), the Shandygaff was composed of 2 parts beer, 1 part ginger beer/ale and reached its peak popularity during the early 20th century in England, Ireland, Canada and the United States. The interchangeable use of Shandy and Radler is perplexing, but they basically mean the same thing – one is English in origin, the other German.
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The newest product from Carib Brewery to hit the market is Carib Radler and with mixed reviews they are moving forward. The beer stands at 2% alcohol and to most Trinis this is where they opt to STOP!
In my opinion I think it's a great drink, more reminiscent of our long time favourite "Green Sands". Lets face it, we are a country of beer drinkers, for those of us who choose to indulge in alcohol at least and while it may be enjoyable to drink all day every day, it's impractical. Why not try a beer that's both low in alcohol content and refreshing at the same time.
What To Drink Radler With
1. Radler happens to go great with any type of seafood, isn't it obvious? With a strong citrus flavour, it opens the appetite and cuts through, let's say the "fishiness" of seafood.
2. Pasta dishes bathed in cream sauce, rich dishes such as these can leave the pallet heavy and Radler breaks up the velvet coating that seems to cling on for life to the inside of your mouth.
3. "Who say beach lime?" Yes, Trinis can't survive without a good "Beach Lime" now and again, it's what we do.
4. Don't choose your friend who looks for every opportunity to end a bottle of rum (we all have that one friend) he most likely will not be satisfied with a Radler.
A social people we are and in our hand, a bottle we must have, so instead of going for that beer at times, I recommend you try a Radler.