The last and final part of the beer sommelier course! With a group of enthusiastic fellow beer students from all parts of Holland I spent an exciting two days in Austria learning more about German and Austrian beer styles, barrel aging, glassware and beer and food pairing. An experience to never forget. Here are a few highlights from that inspirational trip.
Last month I got one of the best Christmas presents ever: I went for a weekend trip to Belgium to visit the Alvinne brewery and watch them brew. It was a special invitation for members of the Alvinne Fellowship. What an experience to see them doing their thing up close! I took some great shots of the brew day, so I thought I would share them with you, including the story of the Fellowship, their excellent beers and why this brewery has become one of my favorites in a relatively short time.
Review of Nevel’s winter festive beer editions Sintel and Jubel
Recently I had the opportunity to tour the Hertog Jan brewery and taste different vintages of their Grand Prestige, including the new barrel aged version. Here is a short recap of that wonderful day with a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery.
The adventure continues! In March I started Stibon level 2 in Amsterdam. Here is a short account of our brewing experience at Brouwerij Klein Duimpje.
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.