Love Drinks, the premium spirits and beer distributor, has introduced Lowlander Beers, a brand new beer range, into their portfolio – beers brewed with botanicals.
The range will be available to taste at the Boutique Bar Show in Manchester on Wednesday 18th May.
The first Lowlander Beers were first bottled in December 2015 in their home country, the Netherlands (The name ‘Netherlands’ is derived from the Dutch word ‘Neder’ meaning ‘Low’). It took 18 long months of trial and error to perfect the recipes but Lowlander eventually ended up with three distinct flavours, all of which boast their own personality.
Lowlander Beer is inspired by the rich history of Dutch brewing combined with a passion for distilling. The Golden Age saw Dutch explorers travel the globe and return home with cargos brimming with precious herbs and spices. These botanicals soon made their way into Dutch beer, adding extra flavour.
Lowlander’s “Chief Botanical Officer”, Frederik Kampman, worked for years, both at home and abroad, in breweries and gin and genever distilleries. He says, “I entered the world of distilling and fell in love with botanicals. As a beer-lover I grew curious about what kind of characters these special flavours could give to beer.”
And so the idea for Lowlander Beer was born: beer brewed with botanicals.
Lowlander White Ale – 5% ABV: With its refreshing fruity notes, the drink is a tribute to the restless and rugged spirit of renowned Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz. An attempt to navigate the Northeast passage saw his crew fight twin terrors; polar bears and frozen beer. The White Ale, a beer style typical to the Lowlands, receives an appealing twist by spiking it with curacao orange, elderflower and chamomile giving it a fragrant fruity finish.
Lowlander I.P.A. – 6% ABV: Dutch seafarers returning from the East would often bring back monkeys, which they would sell to tavern-keepers to pay off drinking debts. Lowlander’s I.P.A., with its hints of botanicals and spice, is a tribute to those sailors’ spirit of adventure and quick thinking. Indonesian as opposed to Indian, Lowlander uses coriander and white tea to give it a citrusy, fruity and bitter taste.
Lowlander Poorter – 5% ABV: Traditionally men known as ‘poorter’s’ would haul sacks filled with herbs and spices from tradesmen’s ships to the gates of cities. This tradition has led some to argue that the ‘Porter’ style beer claimed by the British is in fact Dutch. Either way, Lowlander has brewed a typically Dutch beer with liquorice root and vanilla that delivers a robust, sweet and surprisingly drinkable Poorter.
All three Lowlander Beers have bespoke food pairings and have endless beer-tail possibilities. Lowlander White Ale can be paired with seafood, salads or spicy food. The I.P.A. works wonderfully with Asian cuisine and the Poorter can be drunk alongside roasted or grilled meats and (chocolate) desserts.