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Seagrass is vanishing all over the world. In fact, 40 square meters of seagrass are lost every 10 seconds. Such a shame, since the so called wonder-plant captures carbon 35 times faster than a tropical rainforest. When we discovered that seagrass is such a powerful ally against climate change – covering 0.1% of the ocean globally – we immediately made a commitment. To make beer. 

1 beer = 1 seagrass plant

With every can of Cool Earth Lager you drink, we’ll add another plant to the seagrass meadow. Which means you’ll be helping to reduce carbon, protect marine wildlife and tackle global warming.

How it all started

As we brew with flavours of nature, we think it’s just as important to give back to nature too. So when we decided to brew our very first lager, we wanted to create an opportunity to fight climate change – simply by drinking beer. The big question was: how? That’s when we stumbled upon a project very close to home. The Dutch Seagrass Restoration Project helps increasing the growth of the Dutch seagrass meadows. We knew we wanted to contribute with a beer as refreshing and impactful as the project itself.

The result?

A clean & crisp Cool Earth Lager brewed with zesty lemongrass.

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The Dutch Seagrass restoration project

With our Cool Earth Lager, we support marine ecologist dr. Laura Govers and the Dutch Seagrass Restoration Project – right in the middle of the Wadden Sea. Led by ‘Natuurmonumenten’ and The Fieldwork Company, Laura is taking impressive steps to increase the growth of the Dutch seagrass meadow in collaboration with University of Groningen. The ambition? To add 100.000 plants in 2022 with the goal to increase the population size to 500.000. In total, we want to restore 300 hectares of meadow over the next 10 years.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Welcome to the wonderful world of botanically brewed beers and its impact on our planet. To create the below frequently asked questions we have talked to marine ecologists, B-corp communication experts, nature conservation organisations and have done our own fair share of research. We don’t claim to be climate change experts, we do claim to brew naturally delicious beers that do good too. If you feel a question is missing or we haven’t answered a question 100% correct we’re more than happy to talk to you and learn from you! Simply get in touch by sending Suzana an email, thank you!

At Lowlander we brew naturally delicious beers with botanicals – herbs, spices, fruits and everything else nature has to offer. 

January 7th 2016 we sold our very first bottle of Lowlander beer.

While working in a gin distillery, ‘Chief Botanical Officer’ Frederik fell in love with the use of botanicals and the fascinating world of cocktails. Having basically grown up in beer it was only natural that he started wondering what would happen if you would brew rather than distil with these botanicals. To his surprise he discovered that The Lowlands actually have a very intriguing history in brewing with botanicals. Being pioneering seafarers, the Lowlanders traded all over the world. Inspired by their travels we explore the world of herbs, spices and fruits and brew with these botanicals to create unique and naturally delicious beers. And so the idea for Lowlander beer was born.

 A little bit of ingenuity combined with the power of nature creates limitless possibilities. Our purpose is to broaden the horizons of beer by brewing with botanicals.

80% of beer sold in The Netherlands is lager (pilsner), but a premium, naturally delicious AND gluten-free lager is hard to find. That’s why we have launched our 4% and 0.3% Cool Earth Lager, both brewed with zesty and refreshing lemongrass.  It was a strategic choice to specifically link this beer to a climate goal. Because when we discovered that seagrass is such a powerful ally against climate change, capturing carbon 35 times faster than tropical rainforest, we immediately made a commitment. To make beer. For every can of (0.3%) Cool Earth Lager sold we’ll add another seagrass plant to the seagrass meadows in the Wadden Sea, making (more) impact while fighting climate change becomes both easy and tasty for you! 

A true fan ;-)! You’re right, our 4% Cool Earth Lager was released October 2020. At that same time we formalised our commitment with both 1% For The Planet and The Seagrass Foundation. Which means from the very first can sold we are adding a plant to the seagrass meadows. You can check our impact so far on our Cool Earth Lager page.

Our love of botanicals and nature runs deep so we’ve formalised our commitment to plants and the planet where they grow by supporting the 1% For The Planet foundation. Through a contract, this foundation ensures 1% of our Cool Earth Lager turnover goes to The Seagrass Foundation, which we have officially submitted as our partner. 

Seagrass will probably not be used in any of our upcoming beers soon, as firstly, its taste is not very…distinct. Furthermore, as we are trying to save and create seagrass, it would not be very logical for us to use it in our beers!

By law products are allowed to have a gluten-free claim if they contain less than 20pp (parts per million) of gluten, which is 20mg per liter of beer. ‘Normal’ beers contain a lot more than this minimum but there are processes to remove those gluten from the beer; which is what we have done too. Making both Cool Earth Lagers safe to drink for people with gluten intolerance. 

Another more sustainable decision we made is to only offer our Cool Earth Lager beers in cans: easier to recycle, lower weight and volume for a smaller footprint. The cans are packed in FSC cardboard boxes that are easy to recycle too. Nice to know: the cardboard shippers for our webshop stock are shredded and used to protect our webshop shipments! 

With every can of Cool Earth Lager we sell, both the 4% and 0.3% version, we’ll add another plant to the seagrass meadows in the Dutch Wadden Sea. No matter if you buy that can on a terrace, at Albert Heijn or in our webshop. All you have to do is enjoy this uniquely crisp and exceptionally refreshing pilsner. 

Lowlander Cool Earth Lager is available in the better bars and bottle shops around the Lowlands; our webshop and  at Albert Heijn and Stach supermarkets. The recommended retail price is €1,99 for the 4% Cool Earth Lager and €1,79 for the 0.3% Cool Earth Lager. Want to recommend your favourite bar or bottle shop? Send us an email

At Lowlander we aim to offer you beers that not just taste good, but also do good. So if you choose to drink a beer, why not choose one that has a positive impact on our most important ingredient: nature? 

Seagrass are flowering plants that grow underwater. Despite their name, seagrass are actually not ‘grasses’ at all, as they flower. Seagrass fields are one of the most productive and rich coastal ecosystems in the world. Next to capturing loads of carbon, seagrass protects coastlines, are hotspots of biodiversity and purifies the water. 

Globally there are about 50 different species of seagrass, growing everywhere around the world. Our own Dutch Wadden Sea used to have one of the biggest seagrass meadows in Europe while at the same time those meadows disappeared faster than anywhere else. Between 1930-1935 100% of all ‘submerged eelgrass’ (Zostera marina) disappeared; that’s about 150km2! The main reasons for this are the construction of the ‘Afsluitdijk’ and algae disease.

Seagrass can be considered a natural climate buffer: it captures carbon 35 times more efficiently than tropical rainforest! The efficiency of seagrass as a so-called “blue carbon” sink is mainly due to the fact carbon is stored in the soil; storing the carbon for much longer than forests, where the carbon is mainly stored in trees (above-ground).  Depending on the species and location, carbon can be stored in seagrass beds for 10 to thousands of years.

Over the last century an average of 19% of all seagrass meadows around the world has disappeared and still, every year there’s a loss of 2-7% of all seagrass. Our very own Dutch Wadden Sea comprises the largest intertidal seagrass area in Europe yet it also has the highest rate of seagrass loss in Europe: 100% of all submerged seagrass (Zostera marina) disappeared between 1930-1935, which equals 150 km2, or 22.500 football fields! The reasons for the disappearance are the construction of the Afsluitdijk, a seaweed disease and poor water quality due to large amounts of fertilizers in the surface water (leading to abundant algae growth coking the seagrass plants) since the 1960s – 1970s.

The current seagrass restoration project in the Wadden Sea is called ‘Sleutelen aan zeegrasherstel’ (2018-2022) and is subsidised by ‘Het Waddenfonds’ and the coastal provinces. ‘Natuurmonumenten’ is leading the project; The Fieldwork Company and ‘Rijksuniversiteit Groningen’ led by marine ecologist Laura Govers run the research. The main objectives of the project are:

  1. Identifying key factors for tidal seagrass recovery in the Dutch Wadden Sea
  2. Solving the main bottlenecks related to seed production plant loss for seagrass recovery (setting up a seagrass nursery)

An important part of the recovery research is the planting of seagrass beds; this is where Lowlander (and you!) contribute.

Our Nature Positie by 2030 vision means we’re constantly looking for ways to either take less from nature or to give back to nature. When we found out seagrass is such a powerful ally against climate change, and a successful and big restoration project could be found just around our corner we made a commitment. To make beer. By supporting this specific project we’re staying close to our roots while creating the biggest impact possible.

You can find all the info you need on zeegrasherstelwaddenzee.nl. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us of course. 

As a land below sea level, we “Lowlanders” grow up with a healthy respect for nature. Yet it is a matter of balance. Just like finding the perfect balance of botanicals we brew with, in nature it works the same way: when more is taken than is given back, the balance must be restored. We are aware that we must treat nature well in order to enjoy it for as long as possible. That is why Lowlander is committed to a ‘Nature Positive’ impact in 2030. We do this, among other things, as a proud partner of 1% For The Planet, with which we support special initiatives that contribute to a better climate and the protection of biodiversity.

By reducing, reusing and recycling where possible, we compensate for the flavour we took from nature. We give new life and meaning to valuable ‘waste’ that still has great taste. This ranges from reusing leftover orange peels from bars and restaurants to brewing with spruce needles from discarded Christmas trees. In addition, we are proud members of “1% For the Planet” and we donate 1% of our turnover to a series of nature causes that are close to our heart. In this way, we can support initiatives that combat climate change, preserve biodiversity and protect wildlife. You can follow our initiatives towards Nature Positive at https://www.lowlander-beer.com/sustainability/

Of course! We’re than happy to get in touch and chew your ears off on anything beer, botanicals, flavour and nature. Just send an email to annemieke@lowlander-beer.com.