Germany’s Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei Launches Weizen Radler in the U.S.

Dose-Weizen-Radler-500mlArtisanal Imports (Austin, Texas) recently announced that Weizen Radler from Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei (Pfungstadt, Germany) is now being canned and is available in the U.S. for the first time.

Thanks to the growing popularity of the style in the U.S., refreshing Radlers have started taking up a lot of real estate on craft and import beer shelves these days.  Weizen Radler proudly stands out from the crowd by being “a thirst-quenching blend of all-natural lemonade and Pfungstädter’s famous unfiltered Weizen.”  The Weizen portion of this blend is brewed with “top-fermenting house yeast, Hallertauer Herkules and Spalter Select hops, two-row malt blend, local malted wheat and low-sodium water from the private Pfungstädter fountain which lies within a protected nature park in the region.”  Once completed, this Weizen is then mixed 50:50 with real lemonade to result in a 2.7% ABV Radler that is a “perfectly light yet flavorful and exceedingly drinkable beverage, not too sweet and ultra-crisp – perfect for any occasion.”

“There are a lot of radlers out there,” says Lanny Hoff, SVP-Brands Manager for Artisanal Imports, “but we feel Pfungstädter’s has a place due to the excellent quality of the beer as well as the lemonade. It’s a real lemonade, not a flavoring or essence, but lemon juice. This gives it a refreshing, not-too-sweet character which really sets it apart from the competition.”

Weizen Radler is available now in the U.S. in 500ml cans and on draft.  Look for this one at fine beer establishments located in Florida and all other states that normally see products handled by Artisanal Imports.  Prost!

Vital Information for Weizen Radler from Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei

Release – Year-Round, launching June 2017
ABV – 2.7%
IBUs – 5
Blend – 50:50 Pfungstädter Weizen to lemonade
Hops – Hallertauer Herkules & Spalter Select
Malts – Two-row malt blend & Malted Wheat from Hesse, Germany
Yeast – Top-fermenting Pfungstädter yeast
Availability – 500ml cans & draft
Distribution – FL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, WA, WV and WI
Suggested Food Pairings – Tapas, seafood, asparagus

Fun Fact – “Radler (German for “cyclist”) has a long history in Germany with cyclists demanding a refreshing, less-alcoholic post-ride beverage. It typically consists of a 50:50 mixture of beer and sparkling lemonade. Legend has it that a German innkeeper who couldn’t keep up with demand blended his remaining beer with a fresh citrus lemonade. The regulars were impressed and refreshed, and the Radler style was born!”


Ayinger Brewery Sends Bavarian Pils to the U.S.

AyingerPilsposterAyinger Brewery (Aying, Germany) and Merchant du Vin (Seattle, Washington) have announced that Ayinger Bavarian Pils is officially available in the United States for the first time.

Although Ayinger Bavarian Pils has been brewed for years, this classic offering has sadly never been available on U.S. shelves and taps alongside other Ayinger products.  Now that spring has begun to shift to summer, Ayinger Brewery – a Bavarian brewery founded in 1878 and known globally for their commitment to quality – has decided it is high time to remedy this situation.

Inspired by Czech Pilsner beers, Bavarian Pils is a perfectly clear, golden colored lager that combines the flavor of Germany’s highest quality barley with the “marvelously good aroma and bouquet” of noble hops from the Hallertau region.  True to tradition, Ayinger Bavarian Pils proves to be a clean, crisp and beautifully balanced beer that “may make you realize that the Reinheitsgebot is a powerful brewing asset rather than some kind of restriction.”

Ayinger Bavarian Pils officially begins its U.S. launch this month (April 2017) and will be available as a Year-Round offering.  You can find Bavarian Pils available in 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles and on draft at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the nationwide reach of Merchant du Vin.  Keep an eye out for Ayinger Bavarian Pils while on your next beer run so that you too can “Genießen Sie die echte Bierkultur” (“Enjoy the Real Beer Culture”).  Prost!

Vital Information for Bavarian Pils from Ayinger Brewery

Release – Year-Round, launching in the U.S. in April 2017
Style – German Pilsner
ABV – 5.3%
IBUs – 32
Ingredients – Water, Wheat Malt, Barley Malt, Hops & Yeast
Suggested Glassware – A tall, tapered Pils glass
Suggested Food Pairings – “Goat cheese or mild cheddar, grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut and pomme frites, croque monsieur, fried oysters with spicy remoulade, jerk or tandoori chicken, sushi, pound cake, or strawberry rhubarb pie.”
Availability – 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles & draft