Sydney’s Lotus Dining and White Bay Beer Co have collaborated on an Australian Rice Lager that’s been specially designed to pair with the restaurant group’s contemporary Chinese dishes.

The Lotus ARL is available now for pick-up and delivery for Sydney-siders stuck at home, and will be available across Lotus’ eight separate restaurants once restrictions allow.

“Beer is one of the most popular drinks across our Lotus venues, so creating one of our own was a natural step,” said Matthew Stewart who heads up the beverage program at Lotus Dining Group. “Our new Lotus Australian Rice Lager is all about putting a local twist on the classic combination of dumplings paired with an ice-cold beer.

“Working with White Bay was a no-brainer. We really believe in what they’re doing, making specialised products using quality methods and ingredients.”

White Bay’s David Lamb said: “The beer is cold fermented for five weeks under pressure, which enhances its gentle fruity flavours of apple and pear, matching really well with oily, spicy foods. Using rice gives it enough body to hold up when you’re eating spicy food, but it is still refreshing enough to cut through something like an XO sauce”.

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