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

PREP TIME: 1 MIN

MIX TIME: 1 MIN

TOTAL TIME: 2 MINS

Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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

Do you know of some more historic beercycling stories? Submit your stories to info@cycletrekkers.com – we would love to hear all about them!

Cycle Friendly Brewery of the Month: Whitewater Brewing Company Riverside Brew Pub

Cycle Friendly Brewery: Whitewater brewing Co Riverside Brewpub

Each month we are going to feature a different cycle friendly brewery that a) serves up some tasty beer, and b) caters to the needs of cycle tourists.

Brewing good beer is obviously an important part of being an awesome brewery, however being a cycle friendly brewery is just as important.

This month’s Cycle Friendly Brewery is Whitewater Brewing Company Riverside Brewpub in Ontario, Canada.

A warmshowers’ host told us about this brewpub during our cycle trip across Canada. It’s a popular spot with cyclists, and we can definitely see why. The brewpub is located in a beautiful part of Ontario, near several different cycle routes. What Chris at Whitewater Brewing had to say about being cycle friendly is, “Cycling lends well to our “Always time to play” philosophy.”

Whether you’re cycling across Canada and heading through Northern Ontario to Ottawa (like what we did) or you’re on an extended cycle trip for a couple of days from Ottawa, this place is definitely worth checking out.

About the brewery:

Three friends founded Whitewater Brewing Company in 2011 on the banks of the Ottawa River.

Location:             Ontario, Canada

Address:              22 FLETCHER RD. FORESTERS FALLS, ON

Phone:                +1 (613) 582 7227

Email:                  Via website

Website:               http://whitewaterbeer.ca

Opening Hours: Seasonal. The Riverside brewpub will be open weekends starting May 19th. They will be open full time come June. At this point the opening hours are 11:30am to 9pm. The brewery is however opened year-around.

Facilities/ Services: Brewery, growler fills, take aways, shop, brewpub, restaurant, camping, wifi, washrooms

cycle friendly brewery of the month whitewater brewing company

What makes Whitewater cycle friendly:

Located close to some awesome cycle trails. Offers parking, water refills, bathrooms, wifi, use of bike tools, pallet bike racks and trail information all for free. Besides locally sourced food and beer they also offer camping for $10 per person, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The owners also actively supports BORCA trails, a local non-profit that helps restore and maintain cycle trails in the area.

About the Cycle Trails

7km of trails exist right behind the Riverside Brewery (thanks to Wilderness Tours for the land use) and there’s another 18km+ only a few km away. Check out the trail maps on BORCAs to discover more about the cycle trails in the Beachburg area.

If you happen to be in the area on 13th May, then check out the fundraiser, BORCA Spring Chicken.

Camping/ tenting details:

Camping is $10 per person. It is grass camping and allows access to potable water and washroom facilities. Arrivals times are flexible, however it is best to call first in case you are showing up before or after the pub closes. The best number to call them on is +1 613 582 7227.

cycle friendly brewery of the month whitewater brewing company

If camping isn’t your thing:

There are a few other accommodation options close to the Brewery. There is a nice motel in Cobden and the rafting company, Wilderness Tours has cabins and B&Bs. 

Other locations:

Yes. Whitewater Brewing Co also has a brewpub in Pembroke, Ontario. Unlike the Riverside location, this brewpub is opened year-round, so is an awesome alternative if cycling in the off-season. They don’t offer camping, but there is a motel close by, and they also have parking, wifi and water refills.

cycle friendly brewery of the month whitewater brewing company

Other pluses:

They support the local community and use local ingredients. Awesome chillout spot! They have a recipe for beer hummus on their website, so they must be legends!

Beers on tap:

4 original beers that they have all the time: Blonde Ale, English Style Ale, IPA and Oatmeal Milk Stout.

They also have different seasonal beers – the watermelon blonde definitely sounds refreshing after a long cycle day. Michael loves the sound of the Chocolate porter.

cycle friendly brewery of the month whitewater brewing company

Have you been to Whitewater Brewery while on a bike? We would love to hear all about your experience.

Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour

Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour

After our cross Canada cycle trip we ended up in Halifax for a few months, waiting out the winter before starting cycling again.

What we discovered about Halifax was the abundance of awesome craft breweries. Halifax also has a really in-depth brewery history that stretches back as far as 1820. This means whether you are starting, finishing or passing through Halifax on your cycle tour, you should definitely check out some of the different breweries.

In this Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour we have picked out some of our favourite breweries, some of the most popular breweries and one historic brewery. We’ve strung them together in an easy to follow self guided walking tour, which can be followed in a day or afternoon. The total walking distance is about 4km.

Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour

Stop 1: Garrison Brewery

Garrison brewery is opposite the Seaport markets making it an ideal place to start the tour. The seaport markets are definitely worth checking out while you’re in Halifax – perhaps grab some lunch there before hitting the brewery tour!

Garrison’s offer beer tasting flights, growler fill ups and brewery tours (booked in advance with a min of 10 people). They usually have at least 7 beers on draft, as well as take aways. They had some awesome Star Wars seasonal bottled beers the last time we were there. Some of the beers from this brewery are also available in the NSLC (provincial liquor stores).

Stop 2: Alexander Keith’s: The Red Stag Tavern

Established way back in 1820, Alexander Keith’s is the oldest brewery in Halifax and one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. The brewery does offer an overpriced brewery tour, which includes some history and some beer samples. Personally, I think it’s a ripoff, but the actual building is still worth checking out.

The Red Stag Tavern is located in the same building as the brewery. You can buy a flight of beers that are brewed in the Alexander Keith brewery at the Red Stag Tavern for a reasonable price. Stay away from the commercial, widely available Alexander Keith beers – they are pretty nasty! And instead try the seasonal/ local beers that are actually brewed at the brewery nextdoor – they are much better! The Cacao stout was definitely a winner! Markets are occasionally held on the brewery grounds, and a few other stores including the Patagonia store can be found there.

Stop 3: 2 Crows Brewing Co.

2 Crows Brewing is a really new brewery that only opened a couple of weeks ago. This is also one of Michael’s favourite breweries. The brewery is super modern and what I really love about it, is that the bar/ drinking area is practically in the operating brewery.

They offer beer tasting flights, growler fill ups and some take aways. I don’t think any of their beers are available in the NSLC stores as of yet. It seems like they have 4 standard beers always available, a couple of guest beers and then some small batch brews that tend to change. They occasionally have a small batch Aztec Stout that is delicious!

I find most of their beers are quite strong – with the exception of the table larger. The first time we went there for a tasting flight, we left slightly tipsy.

Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour

Stop 4: Propeller Brewing Co.

Probably the most common/ popular craft brewery in Halifax. Their beers are available in most of the Nova Scotia liquor stores – I even think I seen them in the liquor stores on PEI and in New Brunswick.

They offer beer tasting flights, growler fill ups and take aways.

(Optional) Stop 5: Unfiltered Brewing Co.

Honestly, I only really included this brewery because it’s on the way to Good Robot. They do offer some food, beer tasting flights and (pricey) growler fill ups. The beer was ok/ good – nothing really stood out to me, but it was a good atmosphere and it is on the way to Good Robot if you wanted to split up the walk.

Stop 6: Good Robot Brewing

This is probably my favourite brewery in Halifax. I can’t recall having a bad beer there – though admittedly, the last time I was there I did drink a little too much.

Good Robot offers beer tasting flights, growler fill ups, some food, and they have a nice outdoor chill out area (if the weather is good). They usually have about 7 or 8 beers brewed onsite, and then a couple of guest beers. Their beers are not available in any of the liquor stores. So definitely put in the effort to pay them a visit before you leave Halifax.

Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour

* If you do want to take full advantage of the beers these breweries offer, then we don’t recommend doing this Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour by bicycle. Walking is definitely the more responsible, safer and enjoyable way to check out these places.