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Alfa Bierbrouwerij, Schinnen

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Brewery
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.AvailabilityUntil 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.Brief detailsThe 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 Only a certain amount of water is permitted to be withdrawn each year, and this has led Alfa to number their beer bottles to ensure that only the authorised amount is used.AwardsRoyal Warrant by Royal Decree from HM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 the opportunity to see all facets of a brewery and not have to go on some giant tour that the bigger brewers have. This is a lovely local beer and the tasting room is outstanding!  more »
  • Been together here and what a nice surprise! It is a small brewery where the employees are very excited about. At weekends there is unfortunately to see because the factory less than quiet lies. The enthusiasm of Mariëtte makes that totally good! What a cozy Limburg woman. Welcome with a cup of coffee and cake, after the tour to get back in the tasting room to the Alpha to ' preuven ' beer. You can get as much as you will, of empty glass they keep here. Also, you get no trial glasses, but ordinary full glasses. There is also a nice sandwich at and get yourself a nice gift if you go home. Tip: ask for a Sagar or half-um. Typical Limburg with a surprising taste.
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  • A day with rain and a family weekend away. But then beer tasting! Super fun and can recommend it to everyone. First you get a tour of the brewery which no hours but nice and short and powerful to a very relaxing way to then the beers themselves. Super fun and even doing good with a baby.
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  • Beer tasting and tour of the Alfa brewery was a great fun experience. Promotion on an alpha beer crate. Welcome with coffee and limburgse vlaai, tour of the brewery with fine explanation and a film about the history of +-25 min after several beers on tap could be tasted with some savoury snacks, lasted a total from 12:30 to 3 p.m., very nice afternoon, our compliments and very worthwhile.
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  • Great tour of the brewery and the beer may taste heerlijkr alfa! Excellent!
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  • It's always a treat to visit with the family Meens. First a cup of coffee with pie, then the tour of the brewery. The only Dutch brewery which the spring water (without filter processes) directly in the boilers pumping. Incredibly tasty Lager ... and that preuf ste.
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  • The Alfa brewery brews good beer o a Alfa Dortmunder is good.
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