Backwards through beer history

Amsterdam is an evergreen in the top-5 lists of ‘European beer cities’. The city is home to over 45 breweries, and this number is still growing, just like the number of specialized beer cafes. The development of modern-day Amsterdam beer culture has gone so fast that it might be called a revolution. However, this did not happen overnight. The exhibition guides visitors from the present to the past: from the recent craft beer revolution, through the era of industrialization and the rise of pale lager in the late 19th century, to the late-medieval foundations of Amsterdam’s later trade successes that were laid with the import of German hopped beer.  

Busy brewers

Amsterdam is buzzing with brewing activity. 'Visitors of Beer. Amsterdam, city of beer and brewers' will be introduced to many well-known and lesser-known local breweries such as De Prael, Kleiburg, Mokums Mout, Walhalla, Zuidas Bier, Bruut, Gebrouwen door Vrouwen, Brouwerij ‘t IJ, Oedipus, and of course the large player Heineken. 


During the run of this exhibition, the Amsterdam Museum will organize various activities relating to beer and brewers. There will be lectures on themes such as low-alcohol brewing, the book launch of ‘Van brouwhobby tot succesvol biermerk’ by the all-female brewers of Gebrouwen door Vrouwen, and beer tastings guided by professional beer sommeliers. 

The exhibition is compiled by guest curators Irma Enklaar and Edo Dijksterhuis. Dijksterhuis has written several books about beer and brewers.