This year, the Jopen brewery in Haarlem celebrates its 30th birthday! Which is fantastic, however: where does that name come from? From the Medieval 112 litre barrels once used to ship Haarlem’s beer, or so the story goes. Let’s check that…
The Bock beer book has hit the stores. But what is Dutch bock beer exactly? And was it always an autumn beer?
Recently, I was invited to talk about saison history on the Chicago-based Beer Temple podcast. Why don’t you give it a listen!
Last week, I found a new starting date for one of my favourite beer types: lambic. And it has everything to do with a magic lantern.
The beautiful old town of Lier currently does not have its own brewery. It does however have a story to tell about historical beers.
It’s the summer holidays. Time for reading, for instance on Belgian beer. Unfortunately, there are many books out there that teach you not that much, full of falsehoods and fastidiously repeated hogwash. So, which books can actually tell you something useful?
The end was more sudden than expected, we now say goodbye to… Wieckse Witte. Heineken is killing off this Dutch white beer. Time to look back on the life of a beer that may be a symbol of an era.
Gent 1847. A brewer claims to have found the recipe for a Medieval beer called ‘crabbeleer’. And people’s hero Jacob van Artevelde drank it. Hmm… do you mind if we check the facts first..?