In Alkmaar there's a small brewery museum. I went around it earlier this year with my son Andrew. It isn't huge, but the staff are friendly and enthusiastic. The location - the former De Kroon brewery - is both aposite and convenient, being pretty much in the centre of town.
This post isn't a travel report. What particularly caught my eye was a browned, paper-covered book entitled "Van Brouwerij tot Bierglas" ("From Brewery to Beer Glass"). Not the most inspiring title, nor one that promises much in the way of hard information. But you never know what you're going to find in a book until you open it up and have a look.
Blow me if there wasn't a table of analyses of lagers from the 1930's. Something I've never seen before. I had a fair amount of stuff about pre-1914 lagers, but nothing for the interwar years.
It worries me how poorly the history of British beer styles is documented. But for lager styles the situation is far, far worse. There's almost nothing sensible been written on the topic. That's why I'm always happy to find any new information. Luckily this happened before the book-buying moratorium and I was able to pick up a copy on Abebooks.
Here's my transcription of the data:
"Van Brouwerij tot Bierglas" by F. Kurris, Doetinchem, 1948, pages 26-27.
colour in cc 0.1 n. iodine
ABV my calculation
Should you the museum inspire a thirst, there's a pub in the basement that offers around 30 beers. It opens at midday every day.
These are the detail of the museum.
Biermuseum De Boom
1811 JL Alkmaar.
Tel: 072 - 511 3801
Opening times: Tue - Fri 13:00 - 17.00,
Sat 13:00 - 16.00,
Sunday and Monday closed
From the cellar: Whim Dr Johnson’s Definitive - Whim Ales, Derbyshire ABV: 5% Origin: Hartington, Derbyshire, England Website: www.whimales.co.uk Date: 6 November 2000 Another review from the archive ...
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