Lost Beers

The history of beer from The Netherlands (Holland), Belgium, France, and elsewhere. Looking for beer types of the past, now long gone. How did they taste? What did they look like? And why have they vanished?

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Gruit: nothing mysterious about it

13 July 2017 by - No comments

Gruit, the Medieval beer ingredient, is not the big riddle some people claim it is. We actually know quite a lot about it. It’s just a question of looking inside the right ‘Gruthaus’…


Fact check: where did gruit occur?

Beer historian Richard Unger claims that gruit occured from the Bay of Biscay all the way to Poland. But did it? It’s time for a fact check.

Lost Belgian beers: Uitzet

Belgium too has quite a lot of lost beer types. One of them is uitzet from Gent, which for one thing, apparently prevented dysentery. Here’s a 1798 recipe.

Dutch beer renaissance? Not yet, but…

Kuit, princesse, Loender, more kuit… It’s not yet a complete renaissance, but all in all there’s more and more Dutch beer history on the market. Time for a recap.

The book is here

There it is right in front of me, and how great it looks: the book. The story of Dutch beer from beginning to end, interwoven with recipes. I think it’s the most beautiful beer book to be published this year, but of course I’d find that.

Poesiat & Kater

On this blog I do not often write about me visiting breweries. But in Amsterdam, a new brewery opened recently that is not be missed if you are slightly nuts about historic beers. With princesse beer, an a-typical munich, East Indies pale ale and a classic renowned stout.

Ersatz beer from Breda

Sometimes brewers used quite remarkable ingredients in their beer. In Breda, they used skimmed milk.