Brouwerij de Molen is a craftbeer brewery located in Bodegraven in the
Netherlands. About a 30 minute drive from Amsterdam. We are well known
for our endless growing and varied collection of craftbeers. We make it
our business to brew the beer styles we like best ourselves. Styles like
Stout, Porter, Barley Wine, Bitter, Pale Ale, Sour, Lager and Saison. We
set our standards high up there and try to create original and
progressive beers. We only use the best malts, hops and yeast as
probably a lot of breweries do as well. However our recipes and brewing
processes are very specific to accomplish what we strive for: the
aroma’s, the flavours and the bitterness that are unique to our beers and
so well appreciated around the world.
We have been honoured with a #1 position Top Brewer in the Netherlands by RateBeerBest for years now and always among the Top 100 of the world. In February we received news of a humbling #6 position of the world by close to half a million RateBeerians world wide.
Brouwerij de Molen is an experimental brewery. We aren’t satisfied if we
don’t manage to brew something off the charts quite regularly. Each six
weeks this results in a new beer witch we never brewed before and
probably never will brew again. So try to keep track of that! 😉 The
occasional experimental recipes occur along our steady range of 20
beers. We also participate in loads of collaboration brews with leading
craftbeer breweries around the world. All the arguments in the above
decide that Molenbeers exceed regular beers and craftbeers.
World conquering Brouwerij de Molen
In 2017 the brewery produced a bit over 10000 hecto litres. At this moment
about 50% of our beers are exported to about 30 countries. You can come
across Molenbeers in for example Japan, Brazil, Norway, Spain, India,
Canada, the US, Denmark, Poland and behold… even in Belgium! In the
Netherlands it is mostly available in beer shops and craft beer pubs.
The founding of Brouwerij de Molen
After 12 years of brewing experience brewmaster Menno Olivier started
a brewery and tasting room in his garage called ‘De Salamander’.
When in 2004 the local windmill ‘De Arkduif’ became available the brewery
was able to grow. The brewery was renamed Brouwerij de Molen for obvious
reasons. It was also the start of Eet- & Bierlokaal de Molen, a
beer-focused restaurant, tasting room and beer shop. In 2009 John Brus
made his entrance as Menno’s partner in crime and together they composed
the next phase for Brouwerij de Molen. In 2011 the new brewhouse was
taken into operation. It is located 60 meters along the road. In 2017 a
team of 19 people, including Menno and John, work to brew the beers and
deliver them into your glass. Where ever you are.
Brouwerij de Molen has an internal workshop for mentally disabled
people. In close cooperation with the Philadelphia foundation and
accompanied by their own monitor they support the production process of
Molenbeers. An average of about 14 of these colleagues assist us with
labeling the bottles, folding the boxes, cleaning up and what not.