Oakland’s newest bar, Two Pitchers, doesn’t specialize in beer. Rather, it focuses on the fruity, light and often ridiculed cousin of beer: the radler.
A radler refers to a mixture of beer with juice, often citrus juice or lemonade. (Some people call it a “cooler”; it’s the same thing.) The term originates from Bavaria – “radler” comes from the German word for “cyclist” – where a century ago a pub owner started mixing beer with lemon soda as a post-race refreshment for tired bikers.