Meantime and Chase join forces for Botanical Beer

Meantime brewery and Chase distillery have teamed up to launch a beer that replaces essential hops with gin botanicals.

The brew, which the producers are calling Botanical Beer, is said to “expertly marry the distinctly delicate floral undertones of gin with a blend of rich and sumptuous malts” and use the botanicals to add spice and bitterness to the brew.

Chase made its name with its cult potato vodka, but its gin also has a strong following and Meantime decided the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, almond, coriander, cardamom, cloves, liquorice, lemon and of course juniper it uses would complement the beer perfectly.

It will be unveiled at Meantime’s Brew Fest on August 23-25 and then make an appearance at Chase’s Rock the Farm music festival on August 30-31.

Rich Myers, marketing director at Meantime, said: “The ethos at Meantime is one that draws on the sense of adventure that innovation instils, something we feel is strongly shared by Chase’s team of master distillers who, like us, pride themselves on pushing the boundaries and breaking new ground.

“Our shared passion for flavour has resulted in the creation of Botanical Beer, something we are certain will delight the drinker by offering them a truly unique and full-bodied brew that stands as the perfect example of how far modern craft has come.”

James Chase, marketing director at Chase, added: “Being the first craft distillery to open in the UK for more than 250 years, we have constantly strived to push boundaries and to exceed expectations.

“Our gins are like no other and being the only distiller to run our process from field to bottle we pride ourselves on having the best ingredients available. Craft gin, much like craft beer is undergoing a huge revolution and we are proud to be joining forces with Meantime, the UK's most forward thinking brewer.”

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