We often get asked the question what comes first. Is it the story of the Lowlanders and their trade and travel adventures? Or is it the specific flavour and botanicals we use? Well frankly speaking that really depends.
The Lowlander Approach To Flavour
Sometimes we start with a very specific idea about the flavour we try to get into our beer. Take our Poorter for example. Here I had a very clear vision that I wanted to combine a robust Poorter style with its hearty flavour of roasted caramel, coffee and sweet espresso tones, with something very Dutch. Quite quickly it brought me back to when I was a kid and my mum gave me liquorice roots to chew on. We tried that in combination with our Poorter and voila, our third beer was (almost) born. We just needed some vanilla, predominantly on the nose, to match the roasted dark flavours and the sweet and earthy tones of the liquorice.
The same is true of our very exciting alcoholic ginger beer were we have been working on for the last year or so. We really have a very strong idea what that should taste like and which botanicals will give us the best flavour. It is just quite hard to get it right otherwise we would have launched it already. But good news, we are now on the right track and have our minds set to launch this uniquely Lowlander beer this spring.
Having worked in a gin distillery we always used something called a botanical flavour wheel. To aid our on going recipe development we decided to create our very own Lowlander Beer flavour navigator. This neat little compass really helps us to decide which botanicals we might use to deliver the desired flavour direction we have in mind.
Botanicals Or Bravery
Sometimes it’s a specific story which really helps us to get to the right botanicals. Take our IPA for example. There we realised that the Brits coined the phrase IPA for their pale to survive the longer journey to India. But we realised that the Dutch, aka the Lowlanders ventured more to Indonesia. So we set out to create our own “Indonesian” pale ale. And once we went through some old ship logs we discovered that ketoembar (Indonesian coriander) and tea were very often brought back to the trading ports here in the Lowlands. So no real surprise those these ended up in our IPA, right?
If you’re interested in knowing more about the nitty gritty of our brewing with botanicals techniques don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our brewmaster David is happy to chew your ears off explaining how Lowlander Beer gets its exceptional flavour.