Darling Brew has launched Spirited Flight, a new line of healthy beer-mix drinks inspired by a Flight of Dragon Flies. The line aims to provide a drink which is refreshing, light-in-alcohol and a delicious healthy alternative to artificially flavoured beers and ciders.
The line kicks off with the Golden Tail, a lemon radler, inspired by the Gold Ringed Dragonfly. With flavours of lemon and lime derived from natural essential oils, the 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 the 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 mouthfeel.
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 is highly water-stressed, says Philippa Wood, Co-owner of Darling Brew, Despite our dependence on freshwater, 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 this, Darling Brew have launched a series of informative graphics and tips on saving water and the importance of water health in drought-stricken South Africa. Follow the hashtag #spiritedflight to find them on social media.
Spirited Flight is now available at selected retail outlets.