Do you know who's behind your favourite craft beer? Do you know the genius, the brewmaster? Discover the brains behind the beers in our Brewery of the Month series.
Episode 7: Affligem
Few breweries today can boast a history as rich or colourful as Affligem. A group of Belgian knights first founded the Affligem monastery in 1074, before building an abbey in the Belgian municipality northwest of Brussels. Beer quickly became an important source of income for the abbey, sparking the brewing of the Affligem beer we now know and love.
This rich brewing tradition has carried Affligem to the present day, with much of the original flavour being preserved: "We still brew according to the authentic recipe, but with very modern methods," Master Brewer Wouter tells us. Come taste the tradition for yourself.
Episode 6: Brussels Beer Project
Sébastien Morvan and Olivier De Brauwere founded Brussels Beer Project in 2013 having met while travelling in Canada. Today they're known for experimenting with the likes of flowers, chili peppers and discarded bread, for brewing a new beer every 10 days, and for recycling waste. Thanks to their Babylone beer, 1000 kg of bread is recycled every month.
Episode 5: Jopen
The Jopen brewery is a great exampe of how beer can give a whole new look to a community. Jopen was founded as part of the 750'th anniversary of Haarlem, a town in the northwest of The Netherlands.
Two centuries-old recipes for beer were found in the city archives and dusted off for the occasion. Koyt was brewed out of a recipe from 1407. Another recipe from 1501 was for Hoppenbier. Today, the brewery sits in a location referred to as 'the most beautiful bar in The Netherlands: the old Jacob Church in Haarlem.
Episode 4: Het Uiltje
Brewery Het Uiltje from Haarlem has one clear mission: “to brew f*cking good beer!” Het Uiltje is the brainchild of Robbert Uyleman, a beer lover in heart and soul. Robbert started brewing in 2012, and last year his brewery joined some of the best brewers in the world in the respected RateBeer top 100 list.
What’s the secret behind Het Uiltje? It lives by no rules - everything’s possible. The brewery goes to extremes to create interesting, wacky and tasty beers, with equally insane artwork to match. That’s why, this month, we’d like to introduce you to this rock ‘n’ roll brewer of the highest order.
Episode 3: First Chop
From Manchester warehouse raves to a devastating fire that burned the brewery to the ground, the story of First Chop isn’t one for the faint-hearted. Founder Richard Garner started brewing in 2012 as a passion project, with the aim of combining his love for creating recipes and drinking good craft beer.
Today, Richard and his team brew up to 80,000 litres of award-winning beer a month from their new location in Salford. First Chop are on a mission to educate people that gluten-free beer means one thing: great beer that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Episode 2: And Union
And Union has a clear motto: "Analogue beer for a digital world." In cooperation with a group of Bavarian master brewers, this team of a father, son and an old business partner has been selling beer for more than 10 years. Classic beer styles, brewed according to the German purity law - the "Reinheitsgebot" - interpreted in a modern way and promoted through fresh new channels such as Instagram.
Co-founder Rui Estevez is a born Portuguese and passionate surfer. He is our second brewer of the month. We visited him in Erding, in the Bavarian countryside, to learn more about what brought him to Germany and where his passion for beer comes from!
Episode 1: Kompaan
Kompaan is an innovative brewer with beers that are hugely popular among beer geeks everywhere. Their Russian Imperial Stout, Bloedbroeder, was named Best Beer in the Netherlands. An that's not all. Vrijbuiter - an asthonishing Porter - won silver.
But who is the master behind these medals? Allow us to introduce the first episode of Brewer of the Month. Come with us as we unveil the secrets behind one of the best breweries in the Netherlands...