Botanical beer launched to appeal to wine drinkers

Binary Botanical

Good Living Brew Company has launched Binary Botanical, a new light beer with a “prosecco-like taste”, to the UK on-trade.

Aimed at wine-lovers and designed to pair with food and cocktails, Binary Botanical has a “fresh, tangy and aromatic profile”.

The drink was created by a team of women with years of experience in the brewing industry who shared the frustration of wanting a moderate alcoholic beverage, yet not enjoying the traditional bitter taste of beer.

While most beers are brewed using hop cones, Binary Botanical is infused for five days with organic leaves from Sovereign and First Gold hop bines, the name given to the stems of the hop plant.

The hop bine leaves are said to provide a unique flavour that “combines the refreshment of an ice cold beer with the tropical notes of a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, the soft effervescence and tanginess of prosecco, and finally something verdant and herbal that’s reminiscent of Gin and Tonic.”

Binary currently features on drinks menus at Hix Restaurant’s Tramshed, L’Ortalon and Draft House. It can be enjoyed in a stemmed glass with strawberries, mint and oranges and a dash of Grenadine as an alternative to Pimm’s. At L’Ortolan, it is served as a julep with raspberries, grapefruit, lemon and lime and Caribbean dark rum.

Danielle Bekker, one of Binary’s founders, said: “We set out to create a new style of beer which would appeal to wine-lovers and people who think they don’t like beer.

“After months of development, we have crafted a sophisticated lighter beer which is perfect with food and a great low alcohol cocktail mixer.”

Mike Goncalves, senior bar manager at Tramshed, Hix Restaurants, added: “We are featuring Binary Botanical on our drinks menu and we all love it. It’s the most innovative beer we’ve seen hit the market in the last ten years.”

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