The Latest

An Evolution of Craft Beer in Amsterdam and The Netherlands

We asked Hayo Fink, blogger at Bestetotnutoe in The Netherlands, to send us a review of beer in his country. Hayo is on the EBBC Advisory Board member and has attended all five European Beer Blogger & Writers Conferences. He gives us an unadulterated account.


BesttotnutoeWe are slow….

Slow, that would be a fairly decent description of the Dutch beer scene. Where other European countries had jumped on the craft beer wagon early, we in the Netherlands were more stand offish. But who can blame us? For years the Dutch beer drinker had everything he (or she) could ever want.

And in this corner

Major lager brewers dominated the beer landscape in the Netherlands, and even the world. Heineken and Grolsch both produced (and still do) decent pilsners. Why look any further if these two giants are omnipresent?

And on the other side of the spectrum we had Belgium. A true beer Valhalla just around the corner. Duvel? Our supermarkets stocked it in abundance. Rochefort? A quick trip to the off license and problem solved. Feel like an Orval? Pop around to the pub and drink as many as you want.

Baby steps

So yes, it took us awhile to take the first careful steps in the craft beer revolution. And to be brutally honest, the first steps were shaky at best. Some excellent beers were brewed by Dutch craft beer pioneers but, unfortunately, quality changed from batch to batch. Drinking the early Dutch craft beers was kind of like playing Russian roulette. You never knew…

But in recent years the Dutch craft brewers have stepped up to the plate. Quality is consistent, the output is increasing almost on a weekly base. And new and exciting breweries are starting up all around the Dutch country side. Now that we have really started we are not to be stopped.

On one side we have brewers who are experimenting with new techniques, different styles and some strange and weird ingredients.

Other brewers are looking to classic styles and recipes, brewing great dubbels, tripels and IPAs.

One of the perks of living in a small country? Everything, and we mean everything is very close. So for us it doesn’t really matter who brews where, it is never far away. Craft beer is growing and growing, and the end is not in sight.

It’s time

The European Beer bloggers conference 2016 not in Amsterdam? Unthinkable! Yet, it is the best place it could be held.

We have everything. Classic pilsner, age old tradition and a whole lot of exciting craft breweries all to be found in a country the size of a large shoebox.

We are very excited to have the conference in the Netherlands. It gives us a real chance to show you first-hand how far we have come, and to show you that we really are just at the beginning.

Register for EBBC today!

Recent Posts

Why You Should Attend the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference

There are three main reasons why our participants attend the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference: The Content: The Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference provides outstanding content that is applicable to bloggers, beer writers, and beer industry marketers. Content this year ranges from how to make money blogging to how to use social media more effectively […]


Let’s Have a Beer … in Jacksonville, Fla!

Where?  Craft beer popularity continues to grow all around the Sunshine State, and although the Tampa area may get the most attention, it’s time to take a look at the craft beer movement in Jacksonville that’s been steadily gaining steam. After all, Jacksonville (known as “Jax”) is home to eight craft breweries, a macro brewery, […]

EBBC16 Call for Content is Now Open

We are pleased to start the process of determining content and speakers for the 2016 European Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference by opening a Call for Content. If you are interested to present at the conference, please fill out the form by April 15. Content sessions can be related to beer, the beer industry, writing, […]


We Invite Pro Basketball Player Chris Bosh to Attend the Beer Bloggers Conference!

I admit, I am impressed. Professional basketball player Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat has a very classy blog with some interesting, well-written, thoughtful articles about various aspects of his life. He even provides a nice motivation for why he started blogging. In fact, I play right into the issue he is trying to correct with […]

Stan Hieronymus

Stan Hieronymus of Appellation Beer to Keynote BBC16

Stan Hieronymus, long-time beer writer and blogger at Appellation Beer, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, scheduled for July 8-10 in Tampa, Florida. Stan started his writing career with the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette but ultimately left behind a steady paycheck to write on his own account. He writes for […]


2016 European Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference to Take Place in Amsterdam

The 2016 European Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference will take place in Amsterdam, August 19 & 20.  As many know, the city is amazing for tourism, has an outstanding beer culture, and is, therefore, a great location for a beer writing and blogging event like ours. The city is the base of around fifteen breweries and plenty of […]


Tap Into Tampa’s Top Breweries

Not only is this years Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference packed full of great speakers and informative sessions, we also have loads of tasting opportunities coupled with fun excursions in Tampa and beyond planned.  From our hosts at Visit Tampa Bay, we have a post Live Beer Blogging tour arranged that is sure to knock […]


What’s New With Green Flash? An Exciting Expansion to the East Coast

  San Diego has been been home to Green Flash Brewing Company since 2002, and in 2013 they announced their second brewery location in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This summer will mark the opening of a world-class brewing facility that will allow Green Flash to deliver fresh beer to loyal fans along the East Coast. The […]

View all Posts