Witte Klavervier brewery
In the Hanseatic town of Zwolle, the Netherlands the old Witte Klavervier brewery was reopened early 2011. One goal of the brewery is to bring assertive Dutch craft beers to the public. Another is to spread knowledge of the old brewing history of the Dutch. A third is to promote the reestablishment of the old brewing infrastructure of old in the form of hop gardens and the local production of brewing malts.
As a natural outcome of our research into Dutch beer history we now have a true Koyt beer. The beer was brewed after standards set by the Campaign for Netherlands Beer styles CNB. Our earlier beers merely referred to beer-history but now our Kuyt is a true 15th century styled beer brewed with modern process technology.
Our Blond Hoppenbier and dark Poorter are both unique but more modern beers after our own recipe.
Best Koyt beer of the Netherlands
Our Koyt was awarded 'Best Koyt of the Netherlands'. The test was done in Amsterdam, official and blind, with accredited beer-sommeliers and chaired by Derek Walsh. This is about as good as 'Best of the world' because the beer is, as yet, nowhere else to be had. Next brew is scheduled for 2014. Importers are hereby invited to make an inquiry for this unique and nice summer beer.
Researching beer history
We found Poorter beer in various cities in the Low Countries and published an article about it. We found clues to extra durable beer in a marvelous book from 1671, long before the IPA. Peter Kolbe was stationed at Cape of Good Hope from 1705 - 1713 and gives interesting details of the beer of his time.
Campaign for Netherlands beer-styles (Campagne Nederlandse Bierstijlen) or CNB in short.
CNB is an initiative meant to generate an awareness of the almost forgotten Dutch beer history and beer styles. Read more.
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'Long before I ever drank beer, let alone devoted my life to it, I knew that Porter was a mystery.'
'No style of beer inspires so many questions:
What was the original Porter like?
Why was it so called?'
Michael Jackson (Beerwriter 1942 - 2007)
Back then there were 17 breweries in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
Those were the days!