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Beer and Bavarian bikers

BY TODD DELAUNE "The Weekly Toast"

The beer world never ceases to amaze me.

Not necessarily because the products get more and more amazing, but probably because they keep getting more and more creative. A Radler is definitely not something new, but they have definitely become more fun.

Radler, shandy - tomato, tomahto. For starters, a radler or shandy is a refreshing blond lager (usually Pils or Helles) blended 50-50-ish with lemonade or lemon-lime soda.

Radler is the Bavarian dialect word for Radfahrer (cyclist). There are several theories about the origin of the beverage and its naming, but they are all dated in the 19th century, when the beverage became a popular thirst quencher with lower alcoholic content than beer within the emerging movement of recreational cycling among the working class.

Left Hand Brewing's Peach Beerllini is certainly one of the more creative stabs at the style. It's still true to the genre in that it is beer and fruit juice. But I've got to admit it is one of my favorites. Why, you say? It's still tastes like a beer. Some of its German counterparts are just too fruity.

This one pours into the glass a cloudy golden color with a light foam head. It is unfiltered and unapologetic. The nose is bread, yeast, peach and slightly sweet. The taste is where the fun starts. A delicious ale with subtle notes of peach and a hint of whipped cream. This thing is easy to drink.

The alcohol by volume is only 4.1 percent, so you can drink a few in session and still be able to cycle. It's the perfect beer for whatever you do in this crazy Louisiana heat. Now, don't wait forever to buy some... it's a seasonal release from Left Hand. And it's so good, I'll probably be drinking this one on the regular.

See you at the Brew!