History of beer in Netherlands
Netherlands was a big brewing country back in the 16th and 17th century, with brewing centers like Delft—125 breweries with just 10.000 inhabitants—, Vlaandingen or Haarlem that exported beer to neighbouring provinces like Utrecht or Brabant. Since the 1930's, breweries like Heineken wiped out the market, and just after the WWII just 20 Dutch breweries were still operating so around the 1980's little was left from the Dutch traditional styles. In the 1980's, breweries like t'IJ started to focus in bringing back Belgian styles, but it was not until 2004 that De Molen started to bring the craft beer movement to Nethelands. After them, already existing breweries like Jopen started to expand from Belgian styles to international styles, and new breweries emerged, as Emelisse, Texels or more recently Frontaal.
De Molen Back and Forth
Bodegraven (Netherlands), 2017-03-10
John Brus (De Molen), “We are all about making beer, not about naked ladies or dragons or whatever on the label. This is beer!”