Darling Brew has launched Spirited Flight, a new line of healthy beer-mix drinks which provide a beverage that is refreshing, light-in-alcohol and a delicious healthy alternative to artificially flavoured beers and ciders.
The range kicks off with “Golden Tail”, a lemon Radler, inspired by the Golden-Ringed Dragonfly. With flavours of lemon and lime derived from natural essential oils, this beer-mix is refreshing and light with just the right amount of sweetness to balance the bitterness of the slow-brewed beer.
Radler, which in German, translates to “cyclist”, was originally invented as a refreshing drink for people commuting by bicycle who wished to drink beer, but couldn’t drink a full 5% alcohol beverage. The Radler has come to be known and loved in South Africa as a beer shandy and is most often a combination of beer and lemonade. “At 2.6% ABV Golden Tail is perfect for those looking for a low-alcohol alternative,” says Darling Brew’s brewmaster Rene Du Toit. “It is also sweetened with fructose instead of sucrose, making it healthier, not too filling and giving it a better mouth feel.”
In line with Darling Brew’s ethos of conservation, Spirited Flight has not only been inspired by the dragonfly, but the dragonfly has been specifically chosen based on what it symbolises.
“Dragonflies are known as a flying ‘green’ flag of good environmental quality. They have been employed successfully as indicators of ecosystem health in environmental impact assessments and monitoring programs globally, thus providing an effective tool to monitor the health of freshwater. Water security is a global issue, with South Africa being one of the many developing countries in the world which are highly water-stressed,” says Philippa Wood, co-owner of Darling Brew. “Despite our dependence on fresh water, we lack awareness of the need to protect these systems. For us, the dragonfly is a symbol for awareness around water security and climate change action.”
In line with the new range of beer-mix drinks and the message they symbolise, Darling Brew have also launched a series of informative graphics and tips on saving water and the importance of water health in drought-stricken South Africa.
Spirited Flight is now available at selected retail outlets. Go to www.darlingbrew.co.za for more information.
Spirited Flight: Golden Tail
Style: Radler (Beer Shandy)
Real fruit essence makes this a healthier alternative to artificially flavoured beers
Flavour: Lemon-lime, fairly sweet base
Aromas: Sweet lime with lemon background, faint hop aroma
About Darling Brew
Darling Brew is one of South Africa’s first well established and award-winning microbreweries since 2010. They brew a wide range of great craft beers that are loved for their flavour, high quality ingredients and slow brewing process.
Each beer in the range has unique characteristics and an inspiring story dedicated to the endangered creature it honours and supports through various conservation programs.
Darling Brew is available across South Africa in bottles and available on tap at approved outlets. 5L Party kegs are also available from selected distributors. Their range represents great value for money, superior quality, excellent taste and a magical experience.
Find Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery on the West Coast Way Culture & Foodie Route.
Distance from Cape Town: 76km
Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery: 48 Caledon Street, Darling
Brewery, Restaurant, Tastings & Sales, open-air kids play area, MTB-friendly, Live Events
School Holidays & Flower Season: Open 7 days a week.
Tasteroom operating hours:
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 am to 5 pm Kitchen closes at 4 pm
- Friday 9 am to 7 pm Kitchen closes at 6 pm
- Saturday 9 am to 5 pm Kitchen closes at 4 pm
- Sunday 10 am to 4 pm Kitchen closes at 3 pm
- They are also open for private functions. The restaurant works on a walk in basis but large groups are encouraged to book
They are also open for private functions. The restaurant works on a walk in basis but large groups are encouraged to book.
West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. South Africans and visitors can explore a unique collection of themed routes to do adventure-filled Cape West Coast self-drive trips or a West Coast Holiday. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route – as well as the newly launched West Coast Way Wild Route, all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many. For more information on West Coast Way’s #WestCoastTwist and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit www.westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.