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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Ersatz beer from Breda

9 March 2017 by - No comments

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


Fact check: The Belgian Beer Book

The Belgian Beer Book is an impressive edition. Unfortunately, it contains the worst collection of glaring bollocks on beer history I’ve ever seen put together.

What is Holland’s oldest beer?

What is the oldest beer in The Netherlands still in existence? Beers where you can draw a straight line between their origin and today? The answer comes from 1872, and it is nicely appropriate for this time of the year…

Tigre Bock

It’s autumn: bock beer time in Holland. Lost Beers therefore brings some historical beer news: French bock beer is back. You didn’t know it existed? Well now it does, once again.

Was John of Brabant a beer god? (2)

Yesterday I congratulated Belgian beer writer Luc de Raedemaeker on his new enormous ‘Belgian Beer book’. Then I opened it and the first thing I read was: ‘Duke John of Brabant, also called Jan Primus…’ Are people still repeating this nonsense?

Was John of Brabant a beer god? (1)

You may have noticed him on the European mainland: the legendary beer king Gambrinus. Where does this ‘Santa Claus of beer’ come from? Was he the same person as duke John I of Brabant, as is often claimed?

Princesse from Zwijndrecht

Historical princesse beer by d’Oranjeboom is now available, in two flavours: brown and white. And for this white princesse I have now found a historical recipe. In a place called Zwijndrecht.