Cyclist Cocktail: “Radler”

Cyclist Cocktail

On the second day of our cycle tour Michael and I decided to pay a visit to Saltbox Brewery in Mahone Bay (Nova Scotia, Canada). Here we discovered the Cyclist Cocktail and learnt the story to how it came to be. This story shows a good historic link between beer and cycling, and is an awesome example of beercycle touring.

Cyclist Cocktail, saltbox brewery
Chilling at Saltbox brewery in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

The Story of the Cyclist Cocktail

The “Cyclist” Cocktail, also known as the “Radler” (German for cyclist) is a popular German drink that dates back to 1922. Originally the drink was called Radlermass, translating to “cyclist liter” and was created in Bavaria, Germany by an Innkeeper called, Franz Kugler. During the 1920s there was a cycling boom. In response to this boom, Kugler created a bicycle trail from the city of Munich to his inn. The trail was a pleasant trail that winded through the countryside and woods. On a sunny day in 1922, 13,00 cyclists (apparently – not too sure how true this is?) paid Kugler’s inn a visit. Unsurprisingly, the cyclists were thirsty and Kugler was fast running out of beer. He solved this dilemma by blending the beer he had (a wheat beer) with lemonade. Viola – the cyclist cocktail was born!

Cyclist Cocktail

Want to fill your bike growlers with some refreshing cyclist cocktail? Check out the recipe below to make your own beer cocktail.

Cyclist Cocktail Recipe




Servings: 1


  • 1 Part Cold Beer: for a traditional “Radler” style cocktail, use Hefeweizen (wheat beer)
  • 1 Part Cold Lemonade
  • Glass type: Pilsner


  1. Pour in the lemonade.
  2. Pour in the beer (option to include ice cubes).
  3. Drink.
  4. Enjoy.
  5. Repeat.

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Trails to Ales Beer Cycle Tour – York, Pennsylvania

trails to ales beer cycle tour

“But it’s going to be cold,” I said. “Doesn’t matter, beer is supposed to be cold,” was the response.

When my cycling buddy Jerry sent me a Facebook message about the Trails to Ales Beer Cycle Tour coming up in less than a week, I do what I always do – check the weather.

It turns out it was cold, but the sun was out and spirits were high – and we had convinced several other of our club members to join us driving over 2 hours to reach Glen Rock, PA for the ride start – so none of it mattered.

trails to ales beer cycle tour

The ride was put on by Independent Brewing in Bel Air, MD to ride the York Heritage Rail Trail from Glen Rock to York, PA where we would visit 4 different breweries ultimately circling back to our start. Seven of us from Solomons Island Cycling joined about 30 other riders for the 35 mile journey. We visited Crystal Ball Brewing Company, Mudhook Brewing Company, Collusion Tap Works, and Liquid Hero Brewery once arriving in York. But not after starting the day with a hit from a Independent Brewing growler at the ride start.

Now I love bikes, and I love beer, and I have awesome riding friends. When you put all of that together there is a recipe for an incredible time.

The York Heritage Rail Trail is an entertaining ride with tunnels, an active railroad by the trail, and friendly folks. The trail surface is well groomed and you find yourself surrounded by rock outcroppings, crossing bridges, and passing restored rail infrastructure.

When we arrived in York we departed the trail system and rode surface roads through the town. This proved to be pretty awesome as the locals stopped and many times commented on a group of 30 some odd (and I do mean odd) cyclists rolling through their neighborhood.

Our first stop was the Crystal Ball Brewing Company who offered up a right tasty coconut porter – so good in fact that several take homes were stored in my pannier. Souvenirs so to speak.

trails to ales cycle tour crystal ball brewing

Next stop was Mudhook Brewing Company which was also our lunch stop. I was a little concerned about a large group of hungry and thirsty cyclists arriving at one time but they were ready – food was hot, good, and quick on a cold day. Like kids lined up for milk lunch at elementary school, we patiently stood in line waiting to place a bar order. We enjoyed one of their signature bar moments when everything stopped and everyone broke into a round of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” – the lyrics are on all the tables just in case you were unschooled.

mudhook brewing co trails to ales beer cycle tour

Then we were off to Collusion Tap Works – a super friendly joint with a great selection from which to choose and outdoor games.

Then our final stop at Liquid Hero Brewery where very few of our fellow riders opted for the SAG return. As the sun was setting we were back on the trail – and yes, we finished in the dark.

And it was cold – and no, it didn’t matter.

About the Autrails to ales cycle tourthor: Brian Raines, Bikepacking.TV

A cyclist for life, Brian discovered bikepacking within the last few years and now spends a considerable amount of time riding his Specialized AWOL and sleeping in tents generating content for Bikepacking.TV. Brian is a Brand Advocate for Saris Cycling Group, is the Road Captain for Solomons Island Cycling, as well as, chairing the Southern Maryland Bicycle Infrastructure Advisory Committee for the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland.

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Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River Guest Review

Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River

This week’s cycle brewery guest review is by a very special person. Someone that is at least partially responsible for my appreciation of beer. My Dad, Mark, who checked out the new Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River, while out on the bike for the day.

About the Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River

Location:                 Margaret River winery region, Western Australia

Address:                  35 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, Western Australia


Opening hours:    Mon to Thurs: 11am to 7pm, Fri & Sat: 11am to 9pm, Sun: 11am to 10pm

Facilities/ Services: Brewery, restaurant, beer garden, live music, events, Sunday session, take aways, and soon to have bicycles and bike paraphernalia displayed in the brewery.

Interesting fact: The brewery is running a special promo at the moment. They are asking all mountain bike aficionados to swap a funky/vintage mountain bike or unique mountain bike paraphernalia to display at the Brewhouse in exchange for a keg of Brewhouse beer of your choice!

Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River

Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River Guest Review: Mark’s thoughts of the brewery, the beers and whether it’s cycle friendly.

The Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River is located north of the bridge that leads into town on the Brussel Hwy. If approaching by bike from the north, care should be taken immediately before arriving at the Brewery on the left, as there are a number of blind bends. Also coming out of town take particular care crossing the bridge, particularly being aware of oncoming traffic that should be slowing on approach to the bridge but note that cannot be assumed.

The Brewery appears to be a modern building set back off the road behind a car park – look out for the multi-armed mermaid statue that identifies it. Although we are told the building dates from the 1940’s the general appearance is that it’s all very new. Its immediately obvious that no bike racks were provided so be prepared to chain your bikes together to ensure there safekeeping while participating in beer sampling.

Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River

Although I had a long cycle trek from Busselton I was planning on sampling only a few beers in 250ml schooners, the choice was either 3 or 8 of these and they appeared fairly inflexible to change this, so 3 it was! I tried to select them carefully. I choose the Inji Pale Ale, which lived up to its claim of being a bold American Pale Ale with a slight hint of bitterness. Next came the Red Tail IPA, which was a full bodied north western US style beer with a firmer bitterness compared to the first one. Finishing off I tried the Kuttback Kolsch which was a German style Ale, again it lived up to its claimed origins. My favourite beer was the Red Tail IPS hands down. Often with new breweries the beer can be developing (putting it nicely), here however the beer is of a very high standard.

Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River

Although we didn’t eat here, the meals we saw appeared to be of a high standard and reasonably price, a selection of sharing plates ($10-20), meals and pizza ($20-30) is on offer together with a kids menu ($10-15) and deserts. Bottled tap water is on a help yourself basis and provided in a barrel in the dinning area.

We visited on a wet day. Not much was on offer to aid us in drying our things or tend to our bikes under shelter – the absence of a bike rack maybe rectified I was advised. There is an outdoor lawned area at the rear of the building that has a clear view into the brewery manufacturing area.

Brewhouse Brewery Margaret River

Care should be taken when cycling in the Margaret River region, The 2 main roads running down through the region are the Brussel Hwy and The Caves road both running parallel with each other and have quit a high volume of traffic. I preferred cycling the Brussel Hwy because generally the road is fairly straight and is quite wide with mostly reasonable finished edges in good condition. The caves road is narrower with more bends and dips requiring added caution. Numerous narrower roads connect the two main roads across, although the traffic volume is far less the roads are generally narrower with more bends however along these roads have loads of hidden wineries and the odd Boutique Brewery that will be left to another day to review.

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