My name is Roel Mulder and I am a historian, creative and beer lover, and this is my weblog on the history of beer in Holland, Belgium and elsewhere. Holland was once home to dozens of beer types that have now vanished. In Belgium, many beers from the past have been preserved, but what is the story behind them? From time to time, I look at other countries as well.
All this makes you look differently at the beer you’ll find in your glass at the pub today: where does it come from, and why does it exist? At the same time, I have a critical look at the existing historical narrative: are the beers really as old as their labels suggest? Have other beer writers done their homework, or have they been fooled?
Also, I want to know what those historic beer tasted like. Threfore, my research includes researching recipes, brewing methods and ingredients. After all, beer history is more fun if you can taste it. I make small test batches of some of these beers, practical history in action.
In 2017 I published my book on the history of Dutch beer. Most articles on this blog were published previously on the Dutch-language version of this website. For more information on my other activities, take a look at my website roelmulder.nl.