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Great collaboration with Pampus Island

We always love it when one of our partners gets creative and comes up with a great idea to deepen the collaboration that we have and challenges us to think along. At Pontus Brewing we have a deep appreciation of creativity and we always do our best to support inventive initiatives.

Recently we were approached by the Pampus Island, a fortress island, museum, event location and appreciated partner of us with the message that due to the Corona crisis they decided to pursue a new line of additional products.

Our curiosity was stimulated and they soon revealed to us that where they normally focus on festive and culinary events, they now decided to sell “kerstpakketten”, boxes filled with Christmas gifts that companies traditionally hand out to their employees as a token of appreciation at  the beginning of December.

The team of the island showed great agility and created a fantastic box filled with treats made by their (local and artisanal) suppliers. We brewed their very own house beer and others like Saru Soda and Van Eigen Deeg (just to name a few) delivered beautiful products like a fantastic lemonade syrup and delicious cookies.

The products included in the box were selected with the greatest care. They are of the highest quality, with the best flavours and locally produced with a focus on sustainability.

We fully support this great initiative. Make sure to take a look at their site to get the complete picture and if you feel curious about our contribution you can have a look at the video below.

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Let us introduce: Beach Boy

Discovering flavours is exciting and at Pontus Brewing we offer people the opportunity to expand their horizon and enhance their flavour pallet by brewing exciting beers. Furthermore, we believe that the right flavours at the right, special moments enrich people’s lives and contribute to great memories.

With this in mind we recently brewed a new beer called Beach Boy, a Tropical Lager of 4,7% brewed in accordance with a broad history of pale lagers. We did this because a good lager is suited for many great or festive occasions like drinking with your friends in your favourite bar or celebrating life at birthday party!

From all the lagers, or bottom fermented beers, Pilsner is now by far the most consumed style of beer and the image of what it should be is dominated by big brands that operate internationally. The most well-known variations are Czech, European, and German. The first one is high in carbonation and foam, brewed with hops that impart mild floral aromas. It has a deep golden colour and a crisp, bitter finish. European variants tend to be more sweet and the German ones are more bitter and earthy in taste with a pale, golden colour.

To make pilsner strict fermentation procedures are required and carefully balancing your ingredients is a must since they need to result in a perfect and harmonious combination of delicate flavours.

Brewing Beach Boy was a challenge because of the finesse that is required. However, we were clear in our goal of creating the perfect party beer for all the happy moments when a tasty refreshment is needed and our brew master simply nailed it!

Beach Boy has a very pale appearance and is mild in carbonation as not to fill the drinker with gas.  When consumed you notice a mild malty sweetness with a medium mouthfeel. Contrary to the older pilsner styles that are more floral or earthy hoppy, ours is characterized by more fruity, lime-like aroma’s and taste. As like many other pilsners it has a crisp and clean finish.

Make sure to get your Beach Boy to make those festive moments a little more celebrative. In the meantime expect more tasty brews coming soon.

Keep drinking the good stuff!

Pontus Brewing


Happy Customers!

With the COVID-19 virus crippling our economy we had to be inventive in our efforts to bring our tasty brews to all those thirsty flavour fanatics out there. Here you can read how we succeeded in that effort by successfully launching a fantastic looking and easy to use online shop. We have been working tiresomely to keep up with demand and since quality service, next to producing great flavours, is a core value of our company we decided it was time to investigate how satisfied people were with their purchase and use of the site.

To get the answers we needed we sent out a questionnaire containing eleven questions and loads of people voiced their opinion! The great number of people responding was a clear indication of how involved they were and that on its own was heart-warming to see. We asked them questions concerning the ordering and payment process on the site and we also checked how happy they were with the offered selection of beers and the delivery of the ordered products.

We are proud to say that of the all the replies no less than 96,7% said they were happy to extremely happy with the offered selection of beers on the website. Almost everybody (97,2% to be exact) experienced the ordering and payment process as smooth to extremely smooth. However the number which made us the proudest is the one relating to the question whether or not someone would recommend our online shop to a friend. No less than 99% answered yes!

The results of the survey made us happy and have shown us we are on the right way in bringing our beers to you at home, so you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own houses. To continue to path taken we have now also opened a small shop in our taproom where people can drop by to purchase all of our tasty treats and take it with them immediately or place an order and get it delivered to their homes in just a couple of days.

If you feel curious about our shop after reading this, make sure to pay it a visit and click here.

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Let us introduce: White Wave

With Pontus Brewing we aim to brew the best and tastiest brews. We try to enrich the lives of people by offering delicious beers, to make those moments when a toast to life is appropriate even more special.

Sometimes brewing great beer has everything to do with creating the perfect balance, to bring different, delicate flavours together. One of the beer styles that is harmonious and easy to drink, yet offers depth of flavour is a Belgian witbier. It’s a style our brewmaster wanted to make for quite some time and now he did with the creation of White Wave of 4,7%.

Witbier was the dominant beer style in Brussels during the 17th and 18th century. It was brewed mainly in Leuven and Hoegaarden from where Brussels was supplied. The beer style was almost extinct after WWII but was revived by Pierre Celis with the well known Hoegaarden.

Typically witbier has an alcohol percentage between 4.5% and 5.5%. With White Wave we wanted to create a refreshing variant of the style and with 4,7% ABV we are at the lower end of the spectrum. Because of that, we had to be extra careful using spices like sweet orange peel and coriander seeds which are common to the style but tend to dominate a beer when used wrong.

Our White Wave is brewed as a typical example of the style. It has a very light banana like sweetness, complimented with lemony and orange citrusy aromas and flavours. It is a beer with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, a hazy, pale, whitish appearance and a refreshing fruity finish.

Order it now in our webshop or keep an eye out for this tasty brew, as it will find its way to shops quickly.

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Let us introduce: Red Surfer

At Pontus Brewing we don’t shy away from making unknown beers and experiment with flavours. We like to dive into history in search of lesser known styles and are keen on trying out new ways to produce beers.

In our everlasting exploration of the world of beer we often find ourselves in a dusty beer store in the Netherlands or somewhere in Europe in search of unknown beers. We regularly go on the internet, hunting for scraps of information about beer styles of times long passed or draw inspiration from obscure fellow brewers. Sometimes, that hunt results in something beautiful like our tasty new Red Surfer, a raspberry fruit beer based on a traditional Gose. I hear you say: “What is a Gose?”

In the last few years this unknow beer style has been going trough somewhat of a revival. It’s a type of beer that uses the concept of sour and saltiness in elegant way. It is a style that, due to the use of special microbes in combination specially selected herbs like coriander and certain malts, is refreshing, floral and slightly tart.

It is a style with an interesting history that started over a 1000 years ago and has it’s roots in the town of Goslar in Germany. The name derives from the river Gose that runs through the town of which the surrounding area was rich in minerals like salt. This salt got mixed with the groundwater that was used for brewing and not surprisingly had a major impact on the character of the beer. The wort made during the brewing was then spontaneously fermented with a mix of yeast and Lactobacillus that descended into the open fermenters and provided the beer with the clean crispy sourness.

With the passing of time the style went into decline but survived in the city of Leipzig where, despite the heavy bombings of WWII and the communist regime that followed the style was kept alive.

A Gose in general is crisp, moderately sour, with a slight hint of salt and spiciness from the coriander in the background. You may expect citrusy flavours such as lemon and bitterness is low and the mouthfeel is dry. Reading about this style we immediately felt like brewing it and we wanted to give it a modern twist so decided to enhance the natural fruitiness of the beer with the addition of raspberries.

Despite the fact that at the brewery we don’t do spontaneous, open fermentation we managed to mimic the results through a more modern process called kettle souring whereby we pitch the wort with the same microbes that normally would enter the beer naturally in an open fermentation vessel. The wort is than soured overnight and then brought to a boil to halt the process. The result is a clean and stable sour wort, ready to be fermented with a yeast of the brewer’s choosing.

Our red surfer turned out great! She looks amazing with her bright red colour and she manages to seduce every beer drinker and what the look promises the smell and taste deliver. The first thing you notice is a wonderful raspberry scent and flavour, complimented with a mild lime like sourness. The small addition of salt has enhanced the flavours and blended them together to form one whole. With her 4,7% ABV she is an easy drink but the tart and raspberry give her a definite bite! Make sure to try her out!


Drink our beers at home

The 15th of march was a historical day. Never before have we in our lifetime been faced with the challenge presented to us by the Corona pandemic and the shutdown of our economy with the closing of the cultural and hospitality sector.

For many people and especially entrepreneurs it was a confusing time, also for us. Suddenly we saw many of our loyal partners forced to close their doors. And just like them, we also had to terminate our hospitality services and closed our Taproom ANNA. Places of laughter and joy turned quiet and we all had to spend as much time at home as we could.

It forced us, like many others, to be creative and get out of our comfort zone. Sure, the government offered help, but it just wasn’t enough. We had to find a way to keep serving our drinks to all you beer loving maniacs out there. Luckily, we have a great and dynamic team with a diverse skillset.

We decided to launch a webshop with beers from both brewery brands, Pontus Brewing and Naeckte Brouwers, because together we enjoy the benefits of a wide range of completely different beers. We made sure the ordering process on the site was an easy one, we reorganised our logistics to make sure we could deliver quickly when ordered, and finally we launched fantastic different, thematic beer boxes with yummy snacks like a Summer Box. With these boxes we offered people the possibility to enjoy the Dutch “gezelligheid” in the comfort and safety of their home that they normally found in their favourite bars.

We got to work with some great new suppliers for the snacks in our boxes. Especially memorable was the meeting and photoshoot with sauce master and wrestling fanatic El Jefe, creator of the finest salsa sauce in the Netherlands and the partner with whom we bring to you the perfect plate of Nacho’s to accompany our summer beers.

So far it has been a hectic but inspiring journey and the flexibility and drive shown by the team has been humbling. People who normally served drinks now made fantastic product pictures, worked on the webshop, dove into the world of e-commerce and digital marketing and collectively launched a massive flyer campaign to get more traffic on our site.

Beer drinkers all throughout our country have been ordering our beer boxes. Should you want to order your own box and enjoy our beers at home, please visit our shop. As always, we do our utmost best to deliver great beer and fantastic service. Stay Safe!

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Bronze medal for Allmouth

Sharing happy news in the midst of a crisis is always a pleasure. On the 11th of March 2020 independent (international) beer experts and judges tasted hundreds of different beers in an effort to select the absolute best beers our country has to offer during the Dutch Beer Challenge.

The foundation behind this challenge organises this yearly event with the purpose of promoting the Dutch beer culture and offering consumers a clear quality label so they can distinguish the true polished gems in the beer market from the diamonds in the rough.

With a total of 25 subcategories, many different styles were sampled in a blind tasting. Two years back we sent Allmouth as our champion to compete with others at the national stage and this year was no different.

In 2018 the Imperial Smoked Porter performed well with a silver medal in de category innovation/smoke and was later also reward with the title of best beer of Amsterdam in a blind tasting organized by national trade journal Misset Horeca.

We had high hopes that also this year this beast of a beer would succeed in pleasing the judges and we entered again in the category innovation/smoke. Our hope was not in vain. Today, April 2nd, we followed the livestream. To win a medal once is great, but to win twice is absolutely fantastic! This year we managed to win bronze and with this score we again belong to the best of the Netherlands.

We take pride in brewing consistent quality beers and to receive again this sign of appreciation from certified judges shows we are doing well.

We want to congratulate Brewery Kees and Morebeer Brewing with their silver medal collaboration, an Imperial Smoked Stout, and Duits & Lauret with their gold medal for their smoked Dubbelbock.

Next year we will be entering the Dutch Beer Challenge with more beers, yet to be brewed. Expect us to deliver more news of prices won by the same time next year.

Cheers and keep drinking the good stuff,

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Amsterdam’s best beer is back!

Our Imperial Smoked Porter ‘Allmouth‘ is back! Prepare to get your socks knocked off. This pitch black monster from the deep overwhelms you with a rich smokeyness and tastes of black fruits and choco deliciousness. Today is came fresh from the bottling line.

Allmouth got the highest score at the event ‘De Amsterdamse Bierkaart’ organised by Misset Horeca. During the tasting on January 13th, 2018 prominent beersommeliers choose the beer as the best of the 43 submitted Amsterdam beers. That same year the beer won the silver medal at the Dutch Beer Challenge. The Allmouth was particularly appreciated for its strength, sturdiness and smokiness. The Imperial Smoked Porter is “judiciously meaty and not overly sweet.” And now it’s back!


Naeckte Brouwers nemen aandeel in Pontus Brewing

In de afgelopen periode heeft de oprichter van Pontus Brewing, Nando Servais, gesproken met Jan Albert van der Veen en Michel Lagrand van de Naeckte Brouwers. Gesproken is over de toekomst van Pontus Brewing, want samen sta je sterker! De zeilen worden gehesen en Pontus Brewing gaat weer volle vaart vooruit!

De Naeckte Brouwers nemen een aandeel van 50% en verstevigen daarmee het fundament van Pontus. De samenwerking die al ontstond bij de oprichting van Pontus Brewing in 2013 (als Brouwerij Pampus) wordt versterkt. Het past in de strategie en filosofie om de samenwerking te intensiveren omdat beide brouwerijen elkaar op diverse gebieden aanvullen.

Pontus kan nu gebruik maken van het team van de Naeckte Brouwers en dus meer kennis delen op gebied van brouwen, marketing, sales en logistiek. Daarnaast kan Pontus constant beschikken over de brouwlocatie in Amstelveen-Bovenkerk en gaat daardoor van huurbouwerij naar fysieke brouwerij. Nando blijft het gezicht en de drijvende kracht van Pontus Brewing. Er komt een core range, welke het hele jaar beschikbaar is, aangevuld met seizoensbieren en specials. Daarnaast gaat Nando recepten ontwikkelen voor nieuwe Beach Brews (lichtere, zomerse bieren) en Monster Brews (zwaardere, donkere bieren) en gaat hij zich bezighouden met verkoop en marketing.

De core range bestaat uit:
* Lighthouse; saison/farmhouse ale van 6,5%,
* Sirens’ Song; American pale ale met jeneverbessen van 5,5%,
* Oceanic Flight; India pale ale van 6,5% en
* Gigantic Sailor; Double India pale ale van 8,0%.

Beschikbare seizoensbieren:
* Pricus; Doppelbock van 7,5%
* Captain Goatee; Ondergistende bock van 7,0%

Pontus Brewing is in 2013 opgericht door Nando Servais als Brouwerij Pampus. Op verzoek van een Belgische brouwerij werd de naam in 2016 gewijzigd in Pontus Brewing. De thematiek en nautische verwijzingen bleven. Net als de filosofie om uitdagende bieren te maken voor hen met een ‘Thirst for life’.