A guide to Paris craft beer bars and bottle shops
Brewers’ Renaissance: where art meets craft beer
Art meets craft beer: a unique project featuring renowned brewers who have had a significant impact on the (craft) beer world.
A visit to the Trappist brewery in Zundert
A unique visit to the Zundert Trappist brewery and monastery, where the wonderful Zundert 8 and 10 Trappist beers are made.
Behind the scenes at Brouwerij IJssel
An interview with Erik Terlouw at Krimpen aan den IJssel's first brewery, Brouwerij IJssel
Rotterdam’s craft beer scene
My favorite craft beer places in Rotterdam
Noordt LagerLab: Pre-Prohibition Series
Brouwerij Noordt recently launched the second LagerLab series based on four American pre-prohibition beer styles.
The growing Dutch beer market: an export opportunity for American breweries
The Netherlands is one of the fastest growing beer markets in the world and an appealing export opportunity for American breweries.
Tis the season! Festive beers
Festive beers to put a smile on your face or give you inspiration for a beery holiday!
Beer experience: picking fresh hops
In the new series Beer Experience I will share more fun background information on the different elements of the beer making process. The first episode is about hops!
The beer crisis: how to support your Rotterdam locals
Bars closed, but still thirsty? Here is where you can find your favorite beers during the Corona crisis.
The Ultimate Guide to Dutch Beer
Whether you are a Dutch beer enthusiast or a beer lover visiting The Netherlands, Tim Skelton’s beer guide to Dutch breweries and bars is all you need to find your way in the Dutch beer landscape.
Behind the scenes at Bier & zO
Bier & zO is the biggest and the oldest craft beer store in Rotterdam, and one of my favorite places to visit. I got to chat with them while doing a mini 'internship' at the store recently. What a fun experience! Read more here for a behind the scenes look.
One of my very first blog articles when I started writing about beer in April 2017 was about the local breweries in my hometown of Rotterdam. That was two years ago. In the rapidly evolving craft beer world that is like an eon! Time for an update on the Rotterdam brewing scene!
Delftse Brouwers revives brewing in Delft’s historic center
Beer café Delfts Brouwhuis and brewery Delftse Brouwers have teamed up to bring craft brewing back to the historic center of Delft.
A Tallinn Craft Beer Experience
A craft beer guide to Tallinn's breweries, craft beer bars and bottle shops
Carnivale Brettanomyces: a celebration of wild beers
This article is a celebration of the wild ale Celebration and a take on my impressions of Carnivale Brettanomyces in Amsterdam. If you are genuinely curious about beer – and these styles in particular – I can highly recommend Carnivale and hopefully this article will entice you to attend and create your own experience!
Bronckhorster and Hertog Jan’s revival of witbier Witte Raaf
Review of Bronckhorster and Hertog Jan's collaboration Witte Raaf
A Texas Craft Beer Experience
On my recent visit to Texas I did my best to maximize my craft beer experience and managed to visit 10 breweries and 11 craft beer bars, enough to give you a few awesome tips in case you make it to Dallas, Fort Worth or Austin!
Becoming a beer sommelier – Part 3
The last and final part of the beer sommelier course! With a group of enthusiastic fellow beer students from all parts of Holland I spent an exciting two days in Austria learning more about German and Austrian beer styles, barrel aging, glassware and beer and food pairing. An experience to never forget. Here are a few highlights from that inspirational...
Alvinne’s Fellowship of Exceptional Ales
Last month I got one of the best Christmas presents ever: I went for a weekend trip to Belgium to visit the Alvinne brewery and watch them brew. It was a special invitation for members of the Alvinne Fellowship. Here is the story of the Fellowship, their excellent beers and why this brewery has become one of my favorites.
Make your own winter warmer
Sometimes, if you’ve been walking around a Christmas market all day or you’re just plain cold, you may need a little something extra to warm you up. How about a hot drink! Here are a few ideas to make two of my favorite winter warmers.
Behind the scenes at Hop-In beer store
Teun and Chris run Hop-In beer store located in Noord, one of Rotterdam’s up and coming hip neighborhoods. Since last year I’ve started visiting their store and attending their beer tastings, and have gotten to know them as two young, ambitious beer connoisseurs who are set on helping people discover the wonderful world of craft beer.
Nevel Artisan Ales – Sintel & Jubel
Review of Nevel's winter festive beer editions Sintel and Jubel
Grand Prestige: Hertog Jan’s crown jewel
Recently I had the opportunity to tour the Hertog Jan brewery and taste different vintages of their Grand Prestige, including the new barrel aged version. Here is a short recap of that wonderful day with a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery.
Trending: Beer Podcasts
There are so many beer podcasts out there; it’s pretty tough choosing one in the cornucopia of beer banter and opinions on beers and breweries. Here are my favorite ones on beer science, beer reviews and behind-the-scenes interviews with beer industry professionals.
The conundrum of Saisons and Farmhouse Ales
Have you ever noticed on beer menus that beers are sometimes listed under the beer style Saison/Farmhouse Ale, as if this was one and the same thing? True, beer styles generally are a bit fluid, rolling with the punches of modern beer tastes and brewers’ freewheeling notions. But piling it all together seems a bit lazy, not to mention confusing...
Behind the scenes at Verward
010 Beer Blog is back from summer break with a behind-the-scenes look in Café Verward, a unique beer hot spot in Rotterdam. For beer fans who love off the beaten path adventures.
Becoming a beer sommelier – Part 2
The adventure continues! In March I started Stibon level 2 in Amsterdam. Here is a short account of our brewing experience at Brouwerij Klein Duimpje.
Five things you didn’t know about French beer
You most likely know France as a wine country, but did you know that they have more than 1200 breweries in France? Here are 5 fun facts about French beer.
A taste of popular French craft breweries
An overview of the French craft beers I've tried this year.
Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen
One of Europe’s biggest (and perhaps best?) craft beer festivals, the Mikkeller Beer Celebration has long been on my wish list. This year I finally got the chance to check it out! The festival is absolutely deserving of its reputation, but Copenhagen itself is also a delightful city, so if you decide to visit, don’t miss out on all the...
Behind the scenes at Eurotrash United
Eurotrash United is a unique combination of craft beer bar, live music venue, and exotic Surinamese and Caribbean cuisine all in your favorite vintage living room. I had the chance to talk with René Stoop, the floor manager, and learned all about how he came to work for Eurotrash and how art fueled the Eurotrash concept.
How to know if your beer is vegetarian (or vegan)
Fish bladders in beer? Isn’t beer typically made from barley malt, water, hops and yeast? Not always! Read on for tips to find out if your beer is veggie or vegan!
Cheers to the Liebster award nomination!
Just a few weeks shy of my blog’s first anniversary I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! What a wonderful compliment from my fellow bloggers of Vrouwen Die Bier Drinken (girl power!). What is the Liebster award? By nominating fellow bloggers you can pay it forward and repay the compliment of being nominated yourself. What a great way to...
Trending: Craft Lager
Craft beer – meaning trendy and bold flavored ale – is on the rise. Sales are up and microbreweries are thriving. Does this mean the end of lager? For those of us who still like easy going beers, you can rest assured. The craft beer revolution isn’t only about overhopped IPAs and experimental stouts. Craft brewers are now jumping into...
Five things you didn’t know about stout beer
Stout is just one of those delights in life that never tires. But do you know all there is to know about stout? Here are 5 fun facts about this tasty dark beer.
Rotterdam’s newest beer festival
One of the things I love most about Rotterdam is its innovative spirit and how it embraces new developments and sustainable solutions. Uit Je Eigen Stad, which literally translates as ‘From Your Own City’ is one of those great initiatives, an urban farm that grows its own produce to serve in their restaurant. What better place to have Rotterdam’s first...
Becoming a beer sommelier – Part 1
After spontaneously starting this blog in April last year, things took a more serious turn when I signed up for the Dutch Stibon beer sommelier training in September. I learned a lot of new things and it actually made me even more enthusiastic about the world of beer. If you’re thinking about following the Dutch Stibon beer sommelier course or...
Trending: The Beer Can
Brewers have started making a switch to cans and there is no stopping them. Are beer cans the future? According to the latest 2017 figures of consumer research firm Nielsen, cans now make up a quarter of the beers sold in the UK. There are, however, still several arguments against using cans. Here are some pros and cons regarding beer...
How to celebrate New Year’s Eve with beer
New Year’s Eve is traditionally the night for bubbly. Not a champagne lover? Here are a few ideas how to have a festive NYE with beer.
Christmas beer traditions
What better way to celebrate Christmas than with gorgeous winter ales? Though it may seem like another marketing ploy, the real story in fact is much more interesting than that.
Borg Brugghús Icelandic beers
Review of Borg Brugghús tap takeover beers in Rotterdam.
Five things you didn’t know about Icelandic beer
Did you know Iceland makes great craft beer? Well, they do! Here are five other things you probably didn't know about Icelandic beer!
Trending: The Tap Takeover
Who doesn’t love fresh beer from the tap? The tap takeover is a great way to explore new beers, brewers and craft beer bars! Read more here about this new trend.
Behind the scenes with Hop in the Box
The story of two ambitious Brazilian beerpreneurs in Rotterdam. Eager, ambitious and full of inspiration, they have a compelling story. I made the bold move of inviting them to be my first interview for the blog. We spent a couple of hours talking about their business, their grand plans and of course trying out a few beers.
Five things you didn’t know about Bock beer
Tis the bock season! You probably have a few in the fridge right now. So while you are sipping one, here are five fun facts about bock beer.
The meaning of ‘hoppy’
It's time to set the record straight once and for all. If you've been using the word 'hoppy' to describe your beer, you've probably been using it wrong. So what does hoppy really mean?
The magic of Borefts
I finally made it to Holland’s most famous beer festival! My first time at Borefts Beer Festival didn’t disappoint. About 20 breweries were invited for the festival, spanning two days, September 22 & 23. If you're going to a beer festival for the first time, here are some tips to make it a great one!
NEIPA: a new beer style?
The haze craze has hit Holland. If you are a beer fan, it can't have gone unnoticed: the New England IPA. It's popping up in bars everywhere. But isn't IPA already a beer style?
Tips for a sour summer
I never thought I would say this. I recently discovered sour beer and I love it! You are now probably making the same yucky face as I did when I had my first taste of sour beer a year ago. Sour beer, really? Like all good things in life (coffee, smelly cheese, sauerkraut) I believe it’s a question of opening...
World’s longest beer garden
A mile long beer fest, wouldn’t that be phenomenal? It exists! Although not a local Rotterdam beer event, this experience was so special, I had to include it in my blog. The International Berlin Beer Festival, also called ‘the beer mile’, is an amazing 2,2 kilometer beer festival right in the heart of the city, near Alexanderplatz. According to the...
Best beer stores in Rotterdam
In Rotterdam we only boast a handful of beer stores, but the quality is excellent! Here are my go-to stores when I go beer shopping.
Made in Rotterdam! Discovering local brews
Do you know how many brewers there are in Rotterdam? Until recently I thought I knew. At least six. Most people I asked can name three or four. Then I did a little research. I counted fifteen! Here is an overview of craft breweries in Rotterdam.
Blue economy beer
If you live in Rotterdam or occasionally visit, you most likely will know the glass dome of Tropicana on the Maasboulevard. Formerly a tropical swimming pool, it has stood abandoned for many years. What you may not know is that it is back in use since 2016 and is thriving as a circular economy experiment called BlueCity. There are over...
Top 10 craft beer bars in Rotterdam
Rotterdam has become a trendy city for a number of reasons, not least of all because of the fun and diverse range of craft beer bars that are popping up all over town. Here is my personal top 10 of really awesome bars for the full Rotterdam beer experience.