New look,
same taste

 

New look,
same taste

a royal reward

originally appointed to the Dutch court in the 1800s, royal Dutch is now one of Holland’s most respected export beers.

A higher class of beer

Crafted to authentic recipe from a local brewpub two centuries ago, Royal Dutch’s classic taste has now been translated into a wide range of different beer varieties.

premium Lager

A clear, golden lager with a smooth, creamy head and refreshing feel, ideal for quenching your thirst

premium Strong

A longer and more complex fermentation process creates a naturally brewed 8,5% beer

Extra Smooth

A mid-strength, pure and effervescent looking lager with a light body, fruity aroma plus hints of citrus

0.0% Lager

Want the taste but not the alcohol? Here’s the perfect crisp and refreshing Royal Dutch alternative

Hefeweizen

A hazy, golden beer with a smooth taste giving hints of banana and the sweet-sour tang of wheat

New look,
same taste

To remind people of Royal Dutch’s rich heritage, we have updated the branding. The logo is more elegant, emphasising the year of origin. Gold coins and light colours add to the quality feel while the brand story and brew master’s signature showcase our craftsmanship. But something definitely hasn’t changed: our recipe. It’s still the authentic Royal Dutch you trust. Hope you like our new designs.

New look,
same taste

To remind people of Royal Dutch’s rich heritage, we have updated the branding. The logo is more elegant, emphasising the year of origin. Gold coins and light colours add to the quality feel while the brand story and brew master’s signature showcase our craftsmanship. But something definitely hasn’t changed: our recipe. It’s still the authentic Royal Dutch you trust. Hope you like our new designs.

200 years in the making

From its beginnings as a tiny local brewpub 200 years ago, Royal Dutch has become a global brand today
– respected as an icon of brewing excellence.

200 years in the making

From its beginnings as a tiny local brewpub 200 years ago, Royal Dutch has become a global brand today – respected as an icon of brewing excellence.

Hand crafted beginnings

The brewpub in Tilburg where it all began was owned by Jacob van Roessel. He set up business in 1806 with a small malt house, brewing facility and inn next to the town’s post office. Fittingly, its sign featured a post horn. Everyone came together at the Post Horn: some waiting for packages to arrive, others waiting for coaches to take them far and wide.

Royal visitor

The brew pub’s first brush with royalty occurred one night in 1847 when the Dutch King, Willem II, happened to be in Tilburg. Strictly incognito, he joined other revellers in a night of spirited drinking. A few days later, to the rousing sound of a post horn, a letter arrived at the inn. It was from the King to thank the brewery and its host for the fine beer and pleasant evening.

Staying cool

Around 1892, the Post Horn brewery built special ice-, beer- and yeast-cellars which meant it was able to cool its beer during fermentation all year round. In winter, local farmers would hack ice from the surrounding fields and bring it in carts to the brewery gates for unloading. It took between 800 and 1000 full carts to fill the cellars and, in this way, beer production became non-stop.

Royal recognition

The company expanded further in 1895 with a whole new brewery building, complete with kettle room, engine room and new-fangled steam engine. That year marked another royal milestone for the Post Horn. The Dutch queen, Emma, appointed it as a royal warrant holder making it the preferred beer supplier of the royal household.

Exports begin

Not long after its royal approval, the brewery looked to new markets beyond Holland’s borders. The UK was the first of many export destinations it would conquer. To emphasize its origins and royal connections, the brand name was changed at this time to ‘Royal Dutch Post Horn’. It was even recognized with an export award by the British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1984.

A worldwide reputation

Today, Royal Dutch Post Horn beers are enjoyed in over 70 markets throughout the world. People everywhere love the story of how a craft beer could become a global icon. Just as the first customers enjoyed a refreshing glass together over 200 years ago, Royal Dutch has remained true to its brewpub roots right up to the present day. Crafting beers that are, quite literally, fit for a king.

Hand crafted beginnings

The brewpub in Tilburg where it all began was owned by Jacob van Roessel. He set up business in 1806 with a small malt house, brewing facility and inn next to the town’s post office. Fittingly, its sign featured a post horn. Everyone came together at the Post Horn: some waiting for packages to arrive, others waiting for coaches to take them far and wide.

Royal visitor

The brew pub’s first brush with royalty occurred one night in 1847 when the Dutch King, Willem II, happened to be in Tilburg. Strictly incognito, he joined other revellers in a night of spirited drinking. A few days later, to the rousing sound of a post horn, a letter arrived at the inn. It was from the King to thank the brewery and its host for the fine beer and pleasant evening.

Staying cool

Around 1892, the Post Horn brewery built special ice-, beer- and yeast-cellars which meant it was able to cool its beer during fermentation all year round. In winter, local farmers would hack ice from the surrounding fields and bring it in carts to the brewery gates for unloading. It took between 800 and 1000 full carts to fill the cellars and, in this way, beer production became non-stop.

Royal recognition

The company expanded further in 1895 with a whole new brewery building, complete with kettle room, engine room and new-fangled steam engine. That year marked another royal milestone for the Post Horn. The Dutch queen, Emma, appointed it as a royal warrant holder making it the preferred beer supplier of the royal household.

Exports begin

Not long after its royal approval, the brewery looked to new markets beyond Holland’s borders. The UK was the first of many export destinations it would conquer. To emphasize its origins and royal connections, the brand name was changed at this time to ‘Royal Dutch Post Horn’. It was even recognized with an export award by the British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1984.

A worldwide reputation

Today, Royal Dutch Post Horn beers are enjoyed in over 70 markets throughout the world. People everywhere love the story of how a craft beer could become a global icon. Just as the first customers enjoyed a refreshing glass together over 200 years ago, Royal Dutch has remained true to its brewpub roots right up to the present day. Crafting beers that are, quite literally, fit for a king.

A story of craftsmanship

Crafting a Royal Dutch beer takes time, effort and skill. Meticulously selected ingredients
are lovingly combined in a process that has barely changed for 200 years.

malting

Everything begins with high quality barley. In a process called malting, we warm it up and add moisture which encourages the grains to sprout. This germination process is halted in a drying kiln where the malted barley is heated to around 80°C. Now it’s ready for the next step.

brewing

We grind up the malted barley and mix it with water to form ‘wort’. When heated, this converts the starch into sugars. The sprouting from the first stage helps release more starch. Now hops are added for flavour before the liquid is filtered, cooled and oxygenated.

fermentation

Next, we pump the cooled wort into stainless steel fermentation tanks and add yeast. Fermentation takes about a week as the yeast converts the malt sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). Once fermentation is finished, we have what’s known as ‘green’ beer.

Filtration

The final step is to filter the beer, removing any remaining yeast or sediment. The beer now takes on its familiar bright and clear hue. We store the filtered beer in pressurised tanks before it is bottled ready for shipping to Royal Dutch fans all around the world.

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