Gras & Graan by Brouwerij De Molen
New England IPA, 5.9%
A juice bomb of a NEIPA from the most highly regarded craft brewery in the Netherlands
The live tasting of this beer was on 26th August 2021 #BeerBods
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Located in the town of Bodegraven in The Netherlands, about a 30-minute drive south of Amsterdam is Brouwerij De Molen. In Dutch, de molen means 'The Mill' and it is in this, a picturesque 17th-Century gristmill, on the banks of the Oude Rijn, that the brewery began back in 2006
After 12 years in the industry, brewmaster Menno Olivier decided it was time to start a brewery of his own. He began by holding tastings of his brews in his garage, known locally as ‘De Salamander’. It wasn’t long before the garage was bursting at the seams. In 2004, Menno was able to expand, taking advantage of a recently vacated windmill to set up his brewhouse.
Just over 15 years on and De Molen continue to set the standard when it comes to brewing in the Netherlands. Rated No.01 'Top Brewery" in The Netherlands for 10 years by RateBeer.com users as well as placing in the top 100 rated breweries worldwide by the same website for the past 11 years, a competition that heralded around 24,000 entrants across the globe. We can’t argue with that.
For tonight’s beer we have Gras and Graan, De molen’s take on a New England IPA. They have categorized the beer as a crystal NEIPA, due to it possessing all the tropical notes you’d expect from the east coast style, but with little to no haze. The juicy aromas and flavours are balanced against a distinct spiciness and warmth that lingers on the palate. This is a NEIPA re-imagined and we love it!