Witte Klavervier true Low Countries beers & styles
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.
For true Dutch beer we need a micro-malting, this goal is approaching fast and an important part of the funding is done. The malting should not only be able to make a small production, it should also be able to be used for research- and educational purposes. The facility will be combined with a tasting-room, so income could come from the mentioned four sources.
VLB certified maltster
Over the past years we have done tests with malting and collected knowledge about malting in a very broad sense. Recently we did an in-depth course on malting at the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin (VLB) and are now certified maltster.
Our beers are all about the brewing history of the Netherlands where hopped beers were made since early 14th century. Our Koyt was awarded 'Best Koyt of the Netherlands' and our other beers also don't fit into present-day beer-styles. Behind every beer there is a terrific amount of research and they were not made to resemble other beers, but to stand out and make a unique statement of character.
Researching beer history
I researched the mysterious and evasive gruit, grutt or grout. Apart from an old tax on beer it was a substance that was actually used for brewing. An article about this research was published by the Brewery History Society which you can find here together with an extended source page chronological ordered.
My friend Leen Alberts found an amazing series of Liege beer recipes in a 17th century notebook. To supplement that we collected sources on Liege beer covering three centuries. Out of this combined effort a completely new insight is dawning about this distinctive beer-style that was made predominantly with spelt. Please read about it in the history of Liege beer.
Lecture on beerhistory
The rapid increasing knowledge and changing insights on the history of Low-Countries beer are a beautiful subject for a presentation, workshop or master-class anywhere in the world. Lectures are in English and sometimes accompanied by a historic beer. Maybe this will fit your event too; ask for possibilities through the contact page.