Lindemans Brewery launches first Gins made with beer distillate

Thursday, July 2, 2015 — Two of Belgium's top quality labels have found each other and present the fruit of their collaboration: the first 2 Lindemans premium distilled gins. A premiere since the two gins have the special feature of having been made with Old Kriek distillate. First, these bottles will only be sold at Lindemans Brewery in numbered bottles as a limited edition. Exclusively for this occasion, gin expert Manuel Wouters will create cocktails based on these extraordinary gins.

Lindemans and De Moor, both high-quality Belgian brands that share the same values, join hands to create two distilled gins: a clear gin and a red gin. Both are made from Old Kriek-based distillate and unite artisan and family traditions. They are genuie local products: Lindemans Kriek beer originates from the Pajottenland and is distilled in Aalst.

De Moor distillery operates on a small scale and thinks in terms of quality and originality rather than volume. De Moor is specialised in making exclusive products in small quantities, always following traditional distillation processes. Patrick Van Schandevijl, who has been leading the distillery for the last 30 years, has always been a big fan of Lindemans Lambic beers, hence this perfect match to create these unique gins together.

Lindemans Premium Gin

The clear Lindemans premium gin is the result of a infusion of 15 well-chosen botanicals and a distillate of the delightful Old Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René. The latter is brewed with whole cherries, according to Belgian lambic tradition. The gin itself is double distilled in small quantities (a batch of up to 250 litres) in a copper cauldron or alembic. Thereafter, each bottle is filled with this unique gin and corked and sealed by hand. According to Manuel Wouters, this gin matches perfectly with a straight tonic, lots of ice and a grapefruit garnish.

Tasting Note: Citrus notes that are first savoured while tasting this gin add a refreshing touch. The gin is dry and the first taste of citrus is gently softened by the warm taste of cardamom seeds and the refined taste of cherries. Combined with tonic, this gin creates an explosion of flavours while keeping the intense aftertaste of cherries. 700ml - 46% Vol.

Lindemans Clear Gin & Tonic recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4,5 cl Lindemans Gin
  • 125 ml Tonic
  • Pink grapefruit
  • A few rosemary needles

Material:

  • Double Collins glass or copa glass
  • Measuring cup
  • Cocktail spoon
  • Whisk

Preparation:

Fill the glass with large ice cubes and then pour the tonic slowly over the ice. Garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit and some rosemary needles. Always serve the entire tonic water bottle along with the glass, so that the guest can adjust the drink strength her/himself

 

Lindemans Premium Gin Red

The red gin is distilled with the same process as the clear gin. Its bright red colour is due to the pure sour cherry juice added to the Oude Kriek Cuvée René Lindemans. This gin is double distilled in a copper kettle and hand bottled. According to Manuel Wouters, this gin is best experienced as a cocktail, for example mixed with prosecco.

Tasting Notes: The fresh subtle citrus aromas in the nose are a harbinger of the citrus flavour in the mouth. Herbs provide a balanced gin with some softness making it perfectly mixed with neutral tonic waters. The specific, refined aftertaste of cherries is also present. This gin can be experimented in cocktails, for example with Prosecco as summer aperitif. 700ml - 46% Vol.

Recipe René Royal

Ingredients:

  • • 3  cl Lindemans Red Gin
  • • 3 cl fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 cl of liquid sugar
  • Sparkling wine
  • Lemon zest

Material:

  • Glass
  • Measuring Cup
  • Boston shaker
  • Strainer
  • Peeler
  • Cocktail spoon

Preparation:

Add the gin, the grapefruit juice and the liquid sugar in an ice-filled mix glass. Close the shaker and shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into the wineglass and gently pour in the sparkling wine. Cut the zest into thin stripes and place them on the surface of the cocktail. This way, the aromatic oils can disperse over the glass.

Gin: back to 100% Belgian

Whereas many people think that gin originates from the United Kingdom and more specifically London, the origin of gin lies in the Netherlands and Belgium. It all started during the 16th century when our ancestors drank brandy, distilled alcohol from wine, and brandy beans, distilled alcohol from corn mash. This popular drink was distilled using native herbs such as juniper, but also exotic ingredients such as cinnamon and pepper. This is where the origin of gin lies, the current national drink of the Low Countries.

Then during the Eighty Years' War, British soldiers found out that local fighters drew their courage from jenever. They shortened the name and renamed it "gin". When returning home, they did not only take the gin with them, but also some Flemish distillers, who then sniffed a chance to boost their business in London, a city with many technology professionals, grain and spice merchants, and millions of potential of consumers. Gin was then born.

Axelle Cannaert Ogilvy Public Relations Brussels