There is a new brewery in town (Amsterdam) and its aim is not less than make beers for the gods in the heavenly-place of Walhalla. Founded in the beginning of 2016, Walhalla Craft Beer is already an integral part of the Amsterdam craft beer landscape. Walhalla is „heavens naughty nephew. Where the songs are merry, the beer flows, and the neighbors complain about the noise“. Probably this is also the reason why all the beers of Walhalla have great-sounding names like Loki, Osiris, Shakti, and Wuldor – names of mythic gods.
Founder and brewer Aart van Bergen checks all the marks of a modern-day brewery founder: first inspired beer-geek, then enthusiastic homebrewer, and finally master of its own beerlable. Aart, trained jazz-musician, is a really good example of the people behind the current craft beer revolution.
However, what sets Aart and Walhalla apart from many other new breweries is their choice for the first beer they launched. For a lot of new and rising craft beer breweries, a Pale Ale or IPA is the first choice. Apparently lots of consumers and beer-fans associate this style as the archetype for craft beer. But, and I think very wisely, Aart decided to go a different path and started with a beer that definitely tastes as it was brewed for heaven: a Farmhouse Ale.
Since then, three more beers joined the Walhalla family. When asking Aart what beers will come next, he just smiles and says: I have a lot more ideas for beers to come. That sounds promising!
At the moment, Aart brews his beer as a guest-brewer at established breweries in Amsterdam. The dream of Walhalla is to have its own brewing facilities and small brewpub within two or so years.
If you want to try Walhalla beers, the easiest might be just to come to Amsterdam. A lot of pubs and bar in the Dutch capital list Walhalla on their beer menus. Also, you can buy it here in many of the good equipped beer shops (e.g. De Bierkoning). In addition, a growing number of shops and bars all over Holland serve the beers.
Finally, the probably best way to get to know Walhalla beers is by visiting a beer festival in Amsterdam or the rest of the Netherlands. Aart is very busy with visiting all these great beer fests and serve his beers. Trying a beer at a festival also gives you the opportunity to talk to the brewer and get to know more about the beer than just the taste. And isn’t this what craft beer is all about?
Walhalla Craft Beer
1021 EK Amsterdam
Watch the video of Walhalla’s double IPA beer launch party: