A letter for you
The story of Dutch speculaas cookies began in the ‘spice’ islands – once the only source of exotic ingredients like nutmeg. Back in Amsterdam, then the centre of spice trade, bakers created secret mixes using clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to make luxurious cookies known as speculaas. These were given as gifts in winter, a tradition that Lowlanders still follow, exchanging initials in the form of cookies, chocolate – or now in bottles of spiced Winter Ale.
Inspired by the bakers who experimented making spice mixes, we have given warming Winter Ale a botanical twist. Our spiced American brown ale has been dusted with our own secret speculaas mix containing, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger, to name a few (but not all – there’s a reason this recipe tastes so good – the rest is a secret).
RICHLY SWEET, SMOOTH WITH A HOPPY BITE & WARMING SPECULAAS SPICE FINISH
The pale dried cinnamon bark once brewed in our ale creates a sweet and light woody flavour that gives our ale that typical speculaas taste.
Original brought back to the western world by the Dutch nutmeg adds a festive pungent and complex lingering spice note to our Winter Ale.
Native to the Moluccan islands – a group of islands in Indonesia also known as the spice islands – these buds give a strong aromatic scent, a slightly sweet taste and produce a pleasant warming sensation.
This fiery knobby root – one of the worlds oldest spices – adds a rich, rounded warming sensation to our Winter Ale beer.
BREWED WITH CINNAMON, CLOVE, NUTMEG & GINGER
Nothing better evokes the warm feelings associated with home, winter and holiday season than cinnamon. Once brewed in our Winter Ale cinnamon creates a sweet and light woody flavour for that typical speculaas taste.
Not So Nutty Nutmeg
Without nutmeg The Lowlands would have fallen into a national culinary depression: it’s the spice that gives our ‘stamppot’, chicory with cheese sauce and overcooked cauliflower at least some flavour. Traditionally Dutch speculaas gets it unique flavour from using nutmeg in the secret spice mix; no surprise we’re using it in our Winter Ale.
Native to the Moluccan islands – a group of islands in Indonesia also known as the spice islands – these buds give our Winter Ale a strong aromatic scent, a slightly sweet taste and produce a pleasant warming sensation.
‘The smell of ginger restores devastated yang’ the Chinese say. In their classical medicine, divided into “cool” and “warm” elements, ginger naturally belongs to the warm, hence it makes the perfect ingredient for a warming Winter Ale.
FIND YOUR WINTER ALE
Ready for a sip? Lowlander Beer is available in ‘The Lowlands’ and abroad.
ABOUT BOTANICAL BREWING
Want to find out more about brewing with botanicals?
The Lowlander approach to beer and food pairing is simple: beer is even better with food and food is even better with beer.
Shorter days, longer nights; for us it’s the perfect time to stay indoors, light some candles and invite family and friends around the table for comfort food and warming drinks. Dusted with typical Dutch speculaas spice the depth of this beer extends way beyond opening a bottle after a long and cold day. So have your Lowlander Winter Ale beer… and cook with it too! We have created some finger licking recipes to pair and cook with our Winter Ale.
It’s time to expand your horizons if you tend to only drink beer straight from the bottle. There’s an exciting world of beertails waiting to be explored.
The Lowlander beers are all about bravery and botanicals, so are the Lowlander beertails. They combine the best of both worlds: liqueur and beer – win win. The result is a smooth, brave blend of beverages, perfect for anytime, really.