The radler, a refreshing combination of beer and fruit soda or lemonade, represents the perfect beverage for those looking for some respite from the slew of summer heatwaves. Here at the 2nd Annual Portland Radler Festivals, visitors had the opportunity to test drive over twenty radlers. While most of the offerings were from breweries, Picnic Table Wine Company offered two refreshing wine radlers and Swift Cider featured a cider radler.
Also CBD-infused radlers made their first appearance at this year’s Radler Fest. Coalition Brewing served up their Ring Master (4.2% ABV) Strawberry Lemon Sour CBD + Lychee. Coalition, who developed a reputation for brewing a range of CBD beers, made this radler by blending their strawberry lemon sour CBD beer with a lychee lime soda from Portland Soda Works. The tart lime and lemon flavors blend with the sweet sensations produced by strawberry and lychee for a crisp semi-sweet finish. Their beers are infused with CBD using a proprietary method.
Also, Swift cider offered a CBD cider radler titled Poma Rosa (3.2% ABV). This combination of Swift hard apple cider and a blood orange CBD soda was made using CBD from Danodan Grassworks. The end result produced a light cider that gave one an uplifting feeling. A representative from Danodan offered samples of this CBD, which had a distinct herbal taste that felt mellow and smooth.
As I reported earlier for Magnetic Magazine, cannabis businesses have been making their mark in PDX with appearances in 2017 and 2018 at both TechFestNW and Design Week Portland. Also, 2018 marked the premier of the CBD Beer Fest hosted by Coalition Brewing held on 4/20. In addition, Gilgamesh Brewing’s CBD beer made an appearance at the 2018 Oregon Brewers Festival.
In addition, CBD appears to be infusing itself into the PDX food culture with a cannabis cooking class featuring Serra and Woodblock Chocolate making its first appearing at Feast Portland. Along those lines, one can find a host of cannabis infused dinners and brunches hosted throughout the city. Also, GrönCBD has been showcasing their chocolate with CBD derived from the bark of an invasive pine tree at a number of summer festivals since opening up the first CBD cafe in Portland in June 2018.