Alfa Bier, Schinnen

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Alfa Brewery is a family-owned independent brewery located in Schinnen, the Netherlands. Alfa was started in 1870 by Joseph Meens and is one of the few independent breweries left in the Province of Limburg.
Until 1960 Alfa beers were only available in the local area, but since then the brewery has expanded, and their beers are now available throughout the Netherlands. Since 1993 Alfa also expanded their distribution to Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Greece, Italy and Hong Kong.
The brewery follows the Reinheitsgebot and is the only brewery in the Netherlands that uses an officially certified underground spring. The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport certified the underground spring in 1995 and retests it every six months to ensure it continues to meet the stringent standards. It is one of only 10 such springs in the country and the only one used in the production of beer. The water is so pure that it does not require any processing before it is entered into the brewing process. Only a certain amount of water is permitted to be withdrawn each year, and this has led Alfa to number their beer bottles to ensure that only the authorised amount is used.
Royal Warrant by Royal Decree from HM Queen Beatrix (1995).Gold medal in the 31st and 33rd Monde Selections in BrusselsAward in the 1999 UK Beer and Cider Competition
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  • Loved this tour- family event at a family brewery. They have one production line, an a few staff which hosts the tour & after-tour drinks. Friendly staff, passionate and professional. Received a...  more »
  • Had booked a tour and tasting in this little family owned brewery in Thull. Very nice tour, presentation and great tasting. Love their beers especially the Dort  more »
  • Have visited the brewery several times already. Is one of the few independent breweries left in the Netherlands got their own source of water and brew several great beers. Nice sweeter pils, a great.....  more »
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  • #20Schinnen somewhat half way between Nuth train station and Schinnen is the perfect spot to stop for a beer. Unfortunately I could not get served without doing a tour. I didn't have time for tour as I was just passing by.....so they opened the gift shop and I grabbed some carry out and had a little look around as a tour group arrived. The cafe is very cosy ...I'd say the tour is worthwhile if you have time and are in the area. #railthetrails
  • Arrived after closing not aware of the hours. The man working still showed us around and opened the bar and gift shop for us and gave us a few coasters. My family bought beer here a couple of decades ago, so we went back. They treated us with the highest amount of hospitality. If you are in Heerlen, definitely pay this brouwerij a visit.
  • As a child I grew up with the scent of the Canisius syrup factory, Janssen's egg waffles which were baked on the Nutherweg at the time, the scent of freshly baked bread of Extra and the freshly brewed beer of the Alfa brewery. Especially in the years that I delivered the newspaper Daily in Schinnen and went to school, all these scents irritated my nose. Now I'm no longer in Schinnen, but visiting my mother is the Alfa brewery the first landmark followed two curves further through the St Dionysius church. Both are for me symbol for coming home where I grew up.
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  • Nice tour. Clear explanations and we got a nice vlaai plus coffee.
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  • A fun activity. Warm welcome with. Coffee and pie and then a nice tour with a beer tasting and snacks. Definitely worth the €12.50.
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