Jopenkerk Haarlem, a brewery in a deconsecrated church in Noord Holland

There are over 600 breweries in the Netherlands, a tiny country roughly 1/3rd the size of the US state of Kentucky. Over the past 22 years I’ve made dozens of pilgrimages overseas to take the pulse of the beating heart of Holland’s craft beer scene.

The Dutch Beer Challenge was founded in 2014 by Becomev, and in the ensuing years has become a major player in Europe’s craft beer competitions. Last month in Rotterdam, 70 Dutch breweries submitted 441 beers for consideration.

I’ve appended a list of the gold medal winners as well as a hotlink at the footer if you want to delve into the silver and bronze winners. On May 16th a Grand Champion of the competition will be announced.

Categorie Blond : Pils Gold | Oedipus Pilsner |Brewed by Oedipus Brewing

Categorie Blond : Saison Gold | Wittekop | Owned by Brouwerijbelgica

Categorie Blond : Licht blond Gold | Feeks |Brewed by Naeckte Brouwers Bovenkerk B.V.

Categorie Blond : Blond-/Meibock Gold | La Trappe Blond | Brewed by Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven B.V.

Categorie Blond : Zwaar blond Gold | Duits & Lauret Extra Blond | Owned by Brouwerij Duits & Lauret

Categorie Blond : Tripel Gold | La Trappe Tripel | Brewed by Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven B.V.

Categorie Amber Ale : Pale ale/Speciale Belge Gold | Amsterdam Pale Ale | Owned by Amsterdam Brewboys

Categorie Amber Ale : IPA Gold |Bird of prey IPA | Brewed by Uiltje Brewing Company B.V

Categorie Amber Ale : Double/Imperial IPA Gold | Dr. Raptor | Brewed by Uiltje Brewing Company B.V

Categorie Donker : Licht Donker Gold | Dubbel Vandeoirsprong | Brewed by Brouwerij Vandeoirsprong

Categorie Donker : Bock/Dubbelbock Gold | Sancti Adalberti Abdijbock | Brewed by Brouwerij Egmond BV

Categorie Donker : Stout/Porter Gold| Brouwhoeve Stout | Brewed by Brouwhoeve

Categorie Donker : Zwaar donker Gold | Zundert Trappist 10 | Brewed by Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit bv

Categorie Donker : Gerstewijn (Barley Wine) Gold | Hertog Jan Grand Prestige Vatgerijpt Bourbon 2018 | Brewed by AB InBev

Categorie Donker : Imperial Stout Gold | Russian Imperial Stout | Brewed by Crooked Spider

Categorie Innovatie/speciaal : Fruit Gold | Luxe Frambozen Stout | Owned by Lux Brewery

Categorie Innovatie/speciaal : Houtgelagerd Gold | GROM BBA | Owned by Brouwerij Bliksem

Categorie Innovatie/speciaal : Rook Gold | Smoked Porter | Brewed by Brouwerij Martinus

Categorie Innovatie/speciaal : Speciaal (minder dan 6 ABV) Gold|Alm | Brewed by Brouwerij Neve

Categorie Innovatie/speciaal : Speciaal (meer dan 6 ABV) Gold | Waerse Brut | Brewed by De Brouwsch

Categorie Innovatie/speciaal : Alcoholvrij/Alcoholarm Gold | Jopen NON IPA | Brewed by Jopen BV

the winners

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