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Review: De Molen Op & Top
De Molen Op & Top
Posted: 22 May 2015
In 2004 in Holland, this "mindblowing craft beer" probably made heads turn. But it ain't
2004 anymore. Now everyone, his cousin, and his pet is
brewing craft beers. The most memorable thing I can say about De Molen Op & Top is that it's brewed in a windmill.
Avg price/liter: USD 13.32
ABV %: 4.5
A Dutch brewery finally
appears on the Beer Republic. De Molen from Bodegraven.
De Molen has its origins in 2004 in the historical windmill
De Arkduif. Molen actually means windmill in Dutch.
No. I didn't look this up in a translator a few
minutes ago. I
learned the word back in 1985 when I first went to Holland
and never forgot it. In fact, it's the only word of
Dutch I still remember.
De Molen has a lot in common
with Birra del Borgo, the Italian microbrewery making waves
started in a small location, then moved to larger quarters
very close by, but continue to use the original location as
an experimental brewing lab.
I tried De Molen's Op & Top
at a bar owned by a friend. He has a mail order
business distributing over 400 types of beers in bottles and
Op & Top is one of the few he has on draught but not in
bottle form. Since I prefer to try a new brew in
a bottle, chilled to perfection in my own refrigerator,
sampled at my own table, and Op & Top wasn't an option for
bottle sipping at home, I decided to order it on tap.
Op & Top is categorized as an
English style IPA. Some sites call it a bitter. I
call it average.
In 2004 in Holland, this "mindblowing craft beer" (De Molen's description of itself) probably made heads turn. But it ain't 2004 anymore.
Now everyone, his cousin, and his pet is brewing craft beers. I read somewhere that there were 16,000 craft breweries worldwide now. Just after I typed that sentence, there's likely
16,001. For a brewery to insure I remember it, it has to be more than competent today.
The most memorable thing I can say about De Molen Op & Top is that it's brewed in a windmill.