Portland Radler Festival Debuts Saturday
Looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend? Then look no further than the inaugural Portland Radler Festival this Saturday from 12pm - 8pm at StormBreaker Brewing. The origin of the Radler dates back to 1922 when a Bavarian Tavern owner was getting low on beer so he added a lemonade to it. This clever idea was an instant hit creating a refreshing drink with lower alcohol content. The best known Radler in Portland is Stiegl's grapefruit radler, a thirst quenching drink that is reminiscent of Squirt.
Stiegl along with HotLips Pizza and StormBreaker Brewing teamed up to create this festival. Expect 22 radlers from 19 breweries and 3 cideries made with a variety of juices and sodas. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. This includes a tasting mug and 8 tickets.
Part of Beech Street between Mississippi Ave and Albina will have tents. And live music will be performed as follows:
12:30-1:30: Pencil Skirt Paula and the Straight Edge Rulers
2pm-6pm: Buddy Jay's Jamaican Jazz Band
54°40′ Brewing Co
Base Camp Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Great Notion Brewing
Hi Five Cider
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Montavilla Brew Works
Oregon Mead and Cider
Ross Island Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Wild Ride Brewing
Earlier this week I had the opportunity of trying a half dozen of the radlers and must say the Hi-Five Cider's Romancer the Radler is my favorite. It comes in at 3.2% and contains passionfruit and pink guava cider mixed with Rose Cordial soda from Portland Soda Works.
Be sure to stop by the fest from 4-8 pm as yours truly will be pouring some of these fine creations.