Cider maker Kopparberg has added a second beer to its portfolio in the UK, described as “the bridge between ale and lager”.
Höga Kusten is the number-one speciality beer in Sweden where it is brewed at the Zeunerts Brewery, part of the Kopparberg group.
It follows the UK launch of Fagerhult, a canned beer made at Kopparberg Bryggeri in the town where the ciders are produced. After being introduced at Tesco stores, it is available in the on-trade from this month.
With provenance dating back to 1857, Höga Kusten is named after the bridge that connects southern Sweden to the country’s Northlands because of its positioning as a bridge between ale and lager.
Using an open-vessel brewing technique, it is made up of one part ale and two parts lager. With a foundation of caramel, Pilsner and Munich malts, it has a full-bodied malty taste with elements of apricot, Swedish molasses bread and orange peel, all leading to a very smooth finish.
Hoga Kusten has ABV of 5.3% and will be available from May in 330ml bottles via a selection of wholesalers and distributors.
Jodie Alliss, brand manager at Kopparberg, said: “Höga Kusten is unique for its mass appeal that will see it find fans amongst the ale category and allow lager consumers to discover new flavours.
“Alongside the recently launched Fagerhult, also part of the Kopparberg family, it’s exciting to see Swedish beers making their mark in the world beer scene in the UK.”