The Maallust Brewing Company, based in the Drenthe village of Veenhuizen, is celebrating after its Weldoener Blond beer was proclaimed the top tipple in the prestigious Dutch Beer Challenge.
The pioneering cask-conditioned Weldoener ale emerged victorious as the best beer in a challenge for the country’s 144 brewers, participating in the annual Dutch Beer Week festival. With beers judged by dozens of professional tasters, the Weldoener Blond took the title in the hotly contested Blond / Meibock category.
The victory is a great boost for the company, Henk Timmerman, co-owner of Maallust brewery, told the Dagblad van het Noorden. “I think about 500 beers took part in the contest. For our blonde ale to win this competition is a major achievement.”
The Weldoener Blond (6.7%abv) is a pale and hoppy beer, authentically brewed to premium strength with special yeast and Dutch malt. It is cold matured for several weeks to develop a rich, bittersweet flavor. This beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized.
The Weldoener’s popularity with ale drinkers has grown rapidly since the Veenhuizen company began brewing in 2011. Maallust has now built up a strong following for all its core brands among discerning ale drinkers all over the Netherlands.