Lowlander Botanical Beers has added a new ale brewed with oranges, from the Caribbean island of Curaçao, and dragonfruit.
Like the rest of the Dutch producer’s range, its new Islander Tropical Ale is made using a botanical brewing method that features a hybrid infusion of botanicals and beer.
Launched in the UK in 33cl bottles, the gold-hued beer has a relatively lower ABV of 3.8% and is described as having a cool and crisp taste with tropical fruity notes.
Lowlander’s founder and chief botanical officer, Frederik Kampman, said: “Inspired by our travels to continental beaches in Europe and slightly more tropical days in the Dutch Caribbean, we wanted to brew a beer inspired by the island of Curaçao.
“We feel the timing for the introduction of our Tropical Ale couldn’t be better. Consumers are actively seeking out lower-alcohol options and with Lowlander Tropical Ale we can offer the refreshment of a beer with the tropical, fruity flavour character of a non-alcoholic craft soda, without compromising on flavour.”
Continuing the Dutch exploration theme featured on Lowlander’s bottles, the story behind the label on Lowlander Islander Tropical Ale is about “The Healing Island”. Sailors who fell ill on Dutch trading ships were left on Curaçao as they passed. When ships returned, they found the sailors had miraculously recovered. Lowlander Tropical Ale taps into the probable “secret” of their recovery: the island’s fruit rich in vitamin C – a perfect antidote to scurvy.
Lowlander was founded in 2016 and now has an award-winning range including IPA, White Ale, Grapefruit Pale Ale and Yuzu & Grapefruit, available in cans and bottles.
Released ahead of warmer summer weather, the beer is available now to the trade and consumers online from Westons Cider, which took over UK sales and distribution of the range in February, and Bath Road Beers.