Published on March 4th, 2020 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Low land, high quality
Once upon a time Dutch beer meant a few near-identical lagers and a lot of dependable advertising. Not any more. In fact, the country’s craft beer scene has evolved so quickly over the past decade that it seemed impossible cover everything that was happening.
Beer In The Netherlands 2 by Tim Skelton proves that it can. The fully revised and updated second edition of this acclaimed comprehensive guide to the thriving Dutch beer scene carries personal reviews of 700 brewing companies, thousands of beers, and more than 550 specialist bier cafés and take-home suppliers.
Tim Skelton is an award-winning beer and travel writer and global expert on Dutch beer culture. A British-born Dutchman, he has been based in the Netherlands since 1989 and has spent more than three decades studying local life through the bottom of a glass. He doesn’t remember who it was that first weekend who gently prised the pils from his grasp and replaced it with a Koningshoeven (La Trappe) Tripel, but he is extremely grateful.
Beer In The Netherlands 2 provides invaluable insider’s tips for readers on where to go, how to get there, and what to order when they arrive. It will help first-time visitors find the best beer destinations from brewery taps and brewpubs, to cosy brown cafés and spectacular beer emporia, as well as offering a guide to the country and its beer festivals. And for old hands and residents it may help them discover new beery favourites.
Tim Skelton’s breezy, witty and often disparaging book takes the reader through the rapidly evolving Dutch beer scene, from Aalten to Zwolle and many off-the-beaten-track places in between. Whether visiting for a city break, touring the country by bike, or simply looking to try something new, this guide will become a trusted companion helping people to (re)discover some unexpected corners of a fascinating beer country.
“Quality is on the up,” he says. “Back in 2002, drinking a competently-made beer that wasn’t a mainstream lager more often than not meant ordering something Belgian. That no longer need be the case. Now with the words ‘Dutch beer’ and ‘scene’ are happily reunited in the same phrase and the country’s beer culture decisively renewed, the Netherlands can once again take its rightful place among the big league of brewing nations.”
“We want the world at large, including the owners of Dutch cafés, to realise that new Dutch beer is worth checking out and deserves respect.”
*Tim Skelton, pictured left, is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and also the author of Around Amsterdam in 80 Beers (Cogan & Mater) and Luxembourg: The Bradt Guide (Bradt Travel Guides).