Lowlander beer is founded upon the principles of creating great tasting beers which are full of both flavour and character. You should already know about the flavour part, but we wanted to tell you a bit more about their character. All of our beers have a story to tell and Lowlander’s I.P.A is no exception. What you’re about to read may sound a little far-fetched but we promise you it’s all true.
For a start we should probably point out that Lowlander’s I.P.A is in fact an Indonesian pale ale as opposed to an Indian one. This is because the Dutch never made it to India, their fearless expedition across the oceans led them to Indonesia. They returned with suitably exotic fodder including the botanicals we brew our I.P.A with; white tea and coriander. They also brought exotic creatures, but more on that later.
Upon returning from these great voyages many sailors would return to their local port, such as Amsterdam, and swiftly blow all their cash in the local taverns. In fact, they would often find themselves penniless with extravagant drinking debts which they couldn’t pay off. Not the sort to let such a minor inconvenience cause them any troubles the cheeky sailors would settle their debts by giving the tavern owners monkeys which they had acquired during their travels. Yep, that’s right, they used monkeys as currency.
Before long certain taverns were over-run with these furry marsupials adding to their notoriously raucous ambience. It also added to the parasite count; it turned out the monkeys were riddled with fleas. As these taverns also acted as inns, sailors who slept there would leave incredibly itchy. They would hobble along the streets of Old Amsterdam scratching themselves silly. Passers by would remark on their visit ‘in t’aepjen’ (in the monkey). This was the name given to Amsterdam’s most notorious monkey run tavern. This series of events is also the root of the famous Dutch saying ‘In de aap gelogeerd zijn’ meaning to get into a difficult or uncomfortable situation. Monkey business indeed!
The best part of this story? In t’aepjen, remains open to this day. The real monkeys may have evacuated the premise but you’ll find some monkey memorabilia as a nod to the bars tickly history. In t’aepejn also boasts the title of being the oldest bar in Amsterdam (but it’s not the only establishment making this claim).
This story has inspired our I.P.A. With hints of botanicals and spice, it’s a tribute to the sailors spirit of adventure and quick thinking. Pair it with some Indonesian food and you’ll be on an exciting taste adventure of your own.
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