Beer Cocktails | A New Take on an Old Tradition


Don’t bring a boring six-pack to your holiday party this winter, spice it up with a boozy beer cocktail! We’ve put together two delicious new drinks using 100% local, made in Rochester beverages.

Beer cocktails have been around for over a century, with the most popular one, a Radler, being a 50:50 mixture of beer and sparkling lemonade. The word radler is German for cyclist and it is believed the drink was named after the popularity of cycling and the need for a refreshing, less-alcoholic beverage on the journey. The story says that a German innkeeper was waiting for his cyclist regulars, when he found out that he did not have enough beer. So he blended the remaining beer with a fresh citrus lemonade. The regulars really liked the new drink, so it became popular. At least according to Wikipedia.

Beer cocktails took off again in 2012 when Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy won a Silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Since then 1000s of different seasonal beer cocktails have been whipped up by bartenders across the world. We picked two holiday focused drinks and put a nice local spin on them.

Quick tip: You are not James Bond, shaking these drinks could cause issues.. always stir.





Blueberry Sparkler


We’d love to see your take on these fun and festive beer cocktails and anything else you whip up using your favorite Rohrbach beers. Take a picture and tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

Happy Holidays!

-The Rohrbach Brewing Company Team

Brittany Statt