A beer created especially for cyclists. The concept of this beer is that you can have a drink and still be able to ride your bike afterwards. It tastes more like a soft drink than a beer with a malt and fruity flavour.
Tempest Brewing are located in Tweedbank in the Scottsh Borders. They created this beer for the Tweedlove bike festival. In Germany "radler" means cyclist and there is a tradition of blending light beer with fruit juice to create a drink ideal for bike rides. Tempest added their own twist with blood orange and grapefruit.
This beer is only 2%, but that is the whole point. You should be able to have this drink and then safely ride a bike. This means that there is less of a beer taste and this might make it less appealing to those who love a traditional pint. My first impression was that it is an unusual taste and not really like beer or a soft drink, something in between. The blood orange and the malt are the dominant flavours. It does the job of refreshing you and the more I drank the more I enjoyed it.
I love the design of the bottle label with the shield featuring a bicycle and an idyllic countryside scene with trees, river and sun peeking over hills.
Perhaps not a drink for traditionalist beer drinkers, but this has a specific purpose and market in mind. Good on Tempest for trying something different and introducing a continental style of drink to Scotland. I will certainly be taking it on my next bike ride and looking forward to the cool refreshment when I am warm and thirsty.
Tempest Brewing has a shop in the brewery, located in an industrial estate that is adjacent to Tweedbank station, the last stop on the Borders Railway. There are stockists throughout Scotland, mainly in the east and the Borders. The Tempest website lists all the stockists and you can also buy online.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.