Lowlander is an Amsterdam-based company that brews an Imperial Pale Ale (IPA) of the same name. Brewed with coriander and white tea Lowlander, you may find this beer a refreshing alternative to face-twistingly bitter, heavily hopped IPAs.

TEXT & PHOTO: STUART FORSTER

The brewery was founded in 2016 by Frederik Kampman, who refers to himself as the company’s Chief Botanical Officer. Following work at a distillery in the United Kingdom, Kampman began experimenting with botanicals in brewing. Lowlander has established itself as an eco-friendly, craft-orientated brewery whose beers feature eye-catching, arty labels.

The label of Lowlander IPA features a cap-wearing monkey with a pipe in its mouth and a bottle in hand. The backstory is a tip of the hat to the Netherlands historic ties with Indonesia. IPAs were brewed to survive sea journeys and monkeys, according to the light-hearted blurb on the label, and were brought back by sailors who would sell them to bar owners to clear drinking debts.

Gold in colour, this is a beer with hoppy aromas and a herby flavour with citrus tones. The white tea is lost beneath the coriander and hops. This brew has been measured as having 45 European Bitterness Units (EBU), a term that’s interchangeable with International Bitterness Units —a standard for measuring the bitterness of beers. That’s relatively light for an IPA, yet notably more tangy than lager, which typically measure less than half that.
This is a beer that you may well see served in the Netherlands’ Indonesian restaurants. It is an IPA that pairs well with spicy food.

Brewer: Lowlander Beer Co.
Strength: 6.0 per cent

Stuart Forster was named Journalist of the Year at the 2015, 2016 and 2019 Holland Press Awards. Five generations of his family have been actively involved in the brewing industry.