Dutch Beer


Oranjeboom (Dutch pronunciation: [oˈrɑɲəˌboːm]) is a Dutch lager brand owned by United Dutch Breweries BV. The main beer produced under the brand name is Oranjeboom Premium Pilsner – a 5% ABV lager. There is also an Extra Strong 8.5% ABV version, a Super Strong 12.0% ABV version as well as lower strength and alcohol free versions and a bokbeer sold under the brand name.

The name Oranjeboom literally translates as “Orange Tree” in English and symbolises the Dutch Royal Family tree.

The brand was originally brewed at the Oranjeboom Brewery in Rotterdam (founded 1671), but that closed in 1990 and production shifted to the Breda brewery. In 1995, the Breda brewery was sold to Interbrew. In 2004, it was closed by InBev, Interbrew’s successor. Production was moved to the Dommelsch brewery where production techniques shifted and new ingredients were used.

Oranjeboom

Oranjeboom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The lager is brewed in Faversham, UK under license by Shepherd Neame at a strength of 4.1%.

Oranjeboom pilsener brewed in Germany is labeled for US sales and exported to the US.

A high percentage Oranjeboom has been imported to the UK, in 50cl cans at 8.5% ABV

In New Zealand, Oranjeboom has been brewed under license by Lion Nathan since 2005.

Amstel Brewery (Amstelbrouwerij, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑmstəlbrʌwəˌrɛi̯]) is a Dutch brewery founded in 1870 on the Mauritskade in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was taken over by Heineken International in 1968, and the brewing plant closed down in 1982, with production moving to the main Heineken plant at Zoeterwoude.

The brewery was founded on June 11, 1870 in Amsterdam and named after the Amstel River, the waters of which also served for refrigeration. By 1872, Amstel was annually producing 10,000 hectoliters. For the purpose of storing the beer, winter ice from canals was kept in special double-walled cellars. Originally, the beer was mostly drunk in Amsterdam. From 1883, it was also exported to Great Britain and Indonesia.

The Beiersche Bierbrouwerij de Amstel (Amstel Bavarian beer brewery) was created in 1892 as a joint stock company. In 1915 the production of Amstel had increased twenty-fold and in 1926, Amstel consisted of a third of the Dutch beer exports. In 1941, Amstel, together with Heineken, bought up the Amsterdam brewery Van Vollenhovens bierbrouwerij, which was closed in 1961.

In 1954, Amstel built a brewery in Suriname. A few years later, Amstel was the first Dutch brewery to export beer in cans. At this time, the total exports of Amstel beer amounted to 101,000 hectoliters. In 1958 a subsidiary of Amstel produced its first beer in Jordan. In 1960, the third subsidiary of Amstel was opened – the Antillean brewery on Curaçao. 1963 saw the opening of two new breweries, one in Puerto Rico and one in Greece.

Amstel was bought out by Heineken International in 1968. In 1972 the Amstel Brewery in Amsterdam was closed and production was relocated to the main Heineken plant in Zoeterwoude. The building on the Mauritskade was torn down. Only the former administration building was kept and has meanwhile become part of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

Amstel Brewery

Amstel Brewery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heineken offers several beers under the Amstel brand. Amstel Lager uses predominantly light pilsner malt, although some dark malt is also used. It is sold in 75 countries. Amstel Light is a 3.5% abv pale lager. Amstel 1870 is a slightly dark 5% abv lager. In France a beer called Amstel Free, with minimal alcohol content – about one per cent ABV, is produced. A non-alcoholic version can also be purchased in The Netherlands.

Post by Roald Smeets

Alfa Brewery (Alfa Brouwerij) is a family-owned independent brewery located in

Alfa Brewery

Alfa Brewery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, the Netherlands. Alfa was started in 1870 by Joseph Meens and is one of the few independent breweries left in the Province of Limburg.

Until 1960 Alfa beers were only available in the local area, but since then the brewery has expanded, and their beers are now available throughout the Netherlands. Since 1993 Alfa also expanded their distribution to Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Greece, and Italy.

The brewery follows the Reinheitsgebot and is the only brewery in the Netherlands that uses an officially certified underground spring. The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport certified the underground spring in 1995 and retests it every six months to ensure it continues to meet the stringent standards. It is one of only 10 such springs in the country and the only one used in the production of beer. The water is so pure that it does not require any processing before it is entered into the brewing process. Only a certain amount of water is permitted to be withdrawn each year, and this has led Alfa to number their beer bottles to ensure that only the authorised amount is used.

Alfa has won a variety of national and international recognition. They were granted a Royal Warrant by Royal Decree from HM Queen Beatrix in 1995. Their beers have also won gold medals in the 31st and 33rd Monde Selections in Brussels and received an award in the 1999 UK Beer and Cider Competition.

posted by Roald Smeets