The swallow is amongst them. It’s the symbol of the arrival of summer, and is often referred to as the ‘bird of freedom’.
It featured on the national postage stamps of Belgium in 1989, 1992, 1994 and again last year in 2016.
For us, the best beer for the summer season is one that’s low enough in alcohol to facilitate easy drinking, refreshing enough to quench a thirst in warmer weather and full-flavoured enough to accompany the joy of the season.
‘Zwaluw’ is grassy, fruity and bitter, but subtely so, with rye malt delivering a body to defy it’s low ABV and a heavy dosing of Amarillo in dry hop to equip it with a stone-fruit and citrus juiciness.
One swallow does not a summer make.
So, drink two.
TECHS & SPECS
Malt: pils, carapils, rogge
Hops: hallertau mittelfrüh, amarillo
Yeast: english ale
Appearance: straw yellow
Aroma: grassy and stone fruits
Taste: bitter, floral and juicy
Serving Temperature Suggestion: 6°C
Top-fermented | Refermented in the Bottle | Unfiltered | Unpasteurised