Brewer partners distiller to create beer with gin botanicals

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Meantime Brewing Company has joined forces with Chase Distillery to create a craft beer where hops have been replaced with botanicals from Chase’s Williams Extra Dry GB Gin.

The exclusive one-off “Botanical Beer” was unveiled over the past weekend at Meantime’s BrewFest at the brewery in east London from August 23 to 25.

It will also make an appearance at Chase Distillery’s Rock the Farm music festival on August 30 and 31. A very small amount is also available to buy at Meantime’s online shop, Chase’s distillery shop and the Running Horse pub in Mayfair, London.

The Botanical Beer is a modern twist on traditional Gruit-style beers in which botanicals were used to counteract bitterness. It marries the delicate floral undertones of gin with a blend of rich and sumptuous malts.

It offers a range of complementary flavours underpinned by natural overtones of citrus and background notes of fiery ginger, using GB Gin’s botanicals that include cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, almond, coriander, cardamom, cloves, liquorice, lemon and juniper.

Meantime marketing director Rich Myers said: “The ethos at Meantime is one that draws on the sense of adventure that innovation instils, something we feel is strongly shared by Chase’s team of master distillers who, like us, pride themselves on pushing the boundaries and breaking new ground.

“Our shared passion for flavour has resulted in the creation of Botanical Beer – something we are certain will delight the drinker by offering them a truly unique and full-bodied brew that stands as the perfect example of how far modern craft has come.”

James Chase, marketing director at Chase Distillery and co-founder of the Running Horse, said: “Being the first craft distillery to open in the UK for more than 250 years, we have constantly strived to push boundaries and to exceed expectations.

“Our gins are like no other and being the only distiller to run our process from field to bottle we pride ourselves on having the best ingredients available.

“Craft gin, much like craft beer is undergoing a huge revolution and we are proud to be joining forces with Meantime, the UK’s most forward-thinking brewer.”
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