Leeuwarden may soon be getting a new brewery in the heart of the city: in the former COC building on Zaailand, a boutique hotel and brewery are set to open in the near future.
Translation by Traci White
The building will be converted into an 11 room boutique hotel with a brasserie and small brewery on the ground floor. Willem Adema, who is behind the plans, told the Leeuwarder Courant that the brewery portion of the business would also include an on-site malthouse.
The planned renovations are projected to cost around 450,000 euros, and Adema says that the plans are still awaiting permit approval before moving forward.
Among other things, the building at Zaailand 94 used to house the Friesland branch of the COC, a Dutch LGBTQI organisation which is the oldest of its kind in the world. The COC left the building in recent years and is now located at Emmastaete 59 in Leeuwarden.
Leeuwarden’s beer scene
Leeuwarden is already home to several breweries, including Grutte Pier, Brouwerij Fier, Brouwerij de Kroon op, Brouwerij Redbad and Brouwerij Westeinder. Three Grutte Pier beers – their Bretttûne sour ale, Kracht in de Nacht imperial stout and Kuit heritage were chosen as the country winners in their respective categories in the 2018 World Beer Awards.
A number of popular Leeuwarden bars such as Paddy O’Ryan and Café de Stee also have their own in-house brews. In recent years, A Guide To Leeuwarden has offered a beer tour of the city in English on request.
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