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De Molen Op & Top 
Posted: 22 May 2015  Beer Republic 5.0 
De Molen Op & Top from Holland 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  Type: IPA   
       


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 recently.  Both 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 cans.  Molen 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.

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