Amsterdam-based brewer Lowlander has unveiled a new range of low-alcohol “botanical infusions”.
The idea of brewing with botanicals was inspired by the trade and travel of the “Lowlanders” (the Dutch) and the use of botanicals in gin and Dutch genever.
At 2.5% ABV, Lowlander’s two new citrusy beers are made using botanical brewing methods, combining tea, beer and selection of herbs, spices and fruits.
The first expression, Yuzu & Grapefruit, is a blend of yuzu, pink grapefruit, Earl Grey tea and gose beer while the second, Ginger & Kaffir Lime, infuses ginger, kaffir lime leaves, cardamom, Darjeeling tea and wheat beer.
Chief botanical officer Frederik Kampman said: “I thought, what if we take botanical brewing to the next level, and use natural ingredients like herbs, spices and fruit to drive the flavour delivery, and the beer is there but more in a supporting role.
“In my opinion you shouldn’t focus on what you take out, as in the ABV, but on what you put in. That’s how I realised we could make a lower ABV beer with a unique flavour, in a way that hasn’t been done before.
“We feel the timing for the introduction of our Botanical Infusions couldn’t be better. We can just notice things are changing and with the Lowlander Botanical Infusions we can offer the refreshment of a beer, combined with the full flavour character of a non alcoholic craft soda.”