Rotterdam’s newest beer festival

One of the things I love most about Rotterdam is its innovative spirit and how it embraces new developments and sustainable solutions. Uit Je Eigen Stad, which literally translates as ‘From Your Own City’ is one of those great initiatives, an urban farm that grows its own produce to serve in their restaurant. What better place to have Rotterdam’s first beer festival this February, featuring only local beers?

Becoming a beer sommelier – Part 1

After spontaneously starting this blog in April last year, things took a more serious turn when I signed up for the Dutch Stibon beer sommelier training in September. I learned a lot of new things and it actually made me even more enthusiastic about the world of beer. If you’re thinking about following the Dutch Stibon beer sommelier course or are just interested in what you learn on the road to becoming a beer sommelier, here are some of the cool things I discovered.

Trending: The Beer Can

Brewers have started making a switch to cans and there is no stopping them. Are beer cans the future? According to the latest 2017 figures of consumer research firm Nielsen, cans now make up a quarter of the beers sold in the UK. There are, however, still several arguments against using cans. Here are some pros and cons regarding beer canning. I’ll let you be the judge!

Tips for a sour summer

I never thought I would say this. I recently discovered sour beer and I love it! You are now probably making the same yucky face as I did when I had my first taste of sour beer a year ago. Sour beer, really? Like all good things in life (coffee, smelly cheese, sauerkraut) I believe it’s a question of opening your mind, and your taste buds. Here are some of my favorites.

World’s longest beer garden

A mile long beer fest, wouldn’t that be phenomenal? It exists! Although not a local Rotterdam beer event, this experience was so special, I had to include it in my blog. The International Berlin Beer Festival, also called ‘the beer mile’, is an amazing 2,2 kilometer beer festival right in the heart of the city, near Alexanderplatz. According to the Guinness Book of Records it is the longest beer garden in the world.

Blue economy beer

If you live in Rotterdam or occasionally visit, you most likely will know the glass dome of Tropicana on the Maasboulevard. Formerly a tropical swimming pool, it has stood abandoned for many years. What you may not know is that it is back in use since 2016 and is thriving as a circular economy experiment called BlueCity. There are over 30 social entrepreneurs active within BlueCity, one of which is the brewery Vet & Lazy.