Recently a few things changed for me. I did it. I took the adventures’ road and I started a brewery. Commercially.
My first commercial brew is a collaboration with De Natte Gijt. My homebrew adventure started with them as well, back in 2013. I remember the day that I contacted De Natte Gijt brothers and just asked if I could come over next time they did a new homebrew, just to watch and learn. Because of them I started homebrewing as well. I built my own setup and kept improving it. At this point, four years later, I’m happy with it as it is.
But then, I brewed a decent amount of beers on my homebrew setup. Had some failures and learned from them. But most importantly, I had some hits as well, and I’m very proud of them. Even now there are people asking me if i still have some beers left of those brews. The interest of other people kept feeding my ambition to brew big batch volumes (to be honest; which homebrewer doesn’t have that?). Over the years those ambitions took shape, and with the opening of the Weerter Stadsbrouwerij around the corner, it all came very close. I helped the guys from De Natte Gijt every now and then, so I became familiair with the brewing setup in Weert.
My ambitions were still growing and the urge to go commercial was so big that it kept me awake at night, thinking about recipes, branding and everything around it. My girlfriend supported me, and she knew how happy it would make me to feed the urge. That was it for me, I took the chance and decided to go to the Chambre of Commerce. Next day I spoke with Rudy and asked him if they were down for a collab. And the second chapter of my brewing story started.
Let’s see how the story continues.