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!

Pontus Brewing

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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,

Pontus Brewing

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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’.