We welcome our newest brewery to our wholesale portfolio – Brouwerij De Molen from The Netherlands. Included in Ratebeer’s ‘Top 100 Brewers of the World’ last year, we can look forward to some world class brews in coming months.
First cab off the rank is their famous Vuur & Vlam (Fire & Flames).
Each year, De Molen organises a beer festival called ‘Borefts’, where they invite a handful of similar artisanal brewers from Europe to share their favourite beers. In 2010, they shared their recipe to this beer with the invitees, who all made their own version of the beer.
(Members may recall De Struise’s Ignis & Flamma from the Nov 2014 beer pack!)
The beer is a delicious American-style IPA. Very hop-driven with Galena for bittering, late hopping with Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo and also dry-hopped with Cascade.
But for all the fruity and resinous hop flavours, there is a lovely balance with a caramel malt body to carry the bitterness.