History of De Molen
Brouwerij De Molen was founded by Menno Olivier in 2004. The brewery started in a small historic mill called De Arkduif, built in 1697. Before founding the brewery, Menno started as a homebrewer and then worked in the brewery Stadsbrouwerij De Pelgrim. In 2006, Menno became friend with John Brus, who started homebrewing when he was 17 years old, and joined the brewery in 2009. De Molen was one of the first breweries in Netherlands to focus in the new trends of craft beer, moving away from traditional Dutch and Belgian ales. As the demand for their beers soon started to grow, they soon moved their brewery to an industrial building close to the mill, and in 2016 they had to expand their current building with the objective to reach a 25.000 Hl. De Molen's artwork is characterized by having a unique template for all his labels. Its beers are named after traditional Dutch proverbs, like like Hell & Damnation, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Fire & Flames, Heaven & Hell, Beautiful & Ruthless or Moord & Doodslag (Murder & Manslaughter). De Molen is famous for its top quality stouts and barrel aged brews. Since 2009, they host in their facilities in Bodegraven a yearly craft beer festival called Borefts (a slang for Bodegraven).
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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!”