Two new beers in one evening
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We arrived in Ravenstein shortly after 9 pm and after having checked in we wanted to have some food. On a Monday evening there was only one place open in the city at that was the Stadsherberg De Keurvorst. We had learnt that it was a really cozy place and when we arrived at the small Town Square we could only confirm this. The Stadsherberg De Keurvorst was situated across the Town Hall and there were quite a lot people sitting outside enjoying the warm summer evening.
We decided to eat inside and the place was even cosier. The light was quite dim and there was really a great ambiance from the start. The served at least 8 different beers in the bar and I decided to taste the two that I never had tasted before; the best being a Hertog Jan, which was a great pilsner but they also had a Spelt bier that was local for the village and also quite good.
Hertog Jan ("Duke John") is a made on a Dutch brewery. Originally Hertog Jan was a brand only, owned by distributor De Kikvorsch in Deest. Under this brand several types of beer were released, of which the top-fermenting beers were all made at the Arcense Stoombierbrouwerij in Arcen. In the early 1980s the brewery had played a major role in the revival of beer culture in the Netherlands. In 1995 it became part of the international Interbrew; later InBev, and now Anheuser- Busch InBev Group. In 1998 the brewery was renamed to Hertog Jan Brouwerij, taken after John I, Duke of Brabant.
The second beer a Speltbier uit Ravenstein was brewed locally at the Speciaalbierbrouwerij Oijen. The beer has been brewed there since 2001 and it has an alcohol percentage of 6.0% and based on spelt that is locally produced in the Ravensteinse milll.