In 2019 De Efteling launched two new beers, this time for the Efteling hotel. These beers are also brewed by a local Brewery, Brouwerij Opener, so of course I had to go there to check it out.
As soon as I heard that I passed the level 1 exams I signed up for level 2. Level 2 consists of 12 (actually 13) detailed lessons about everything you can imagine beer related, but like every course in the end you have just scratched the surface.
In June 2018 the Guild for Dutch Biersommeliers organised the first Dutch Championships for Biersommelier. The Champions were partly meant to figure out which three contestants would participate in the World Championships on behalf of the Netherlands.
Back to 2015. I just visited Hertog Jan, I tried a different beer every time I went to a pub, I used Untappd for over two years by then, and I hadn't begun StiBON yet. Somehow Beer in a Box came to my attention
The interesting part about Schneider is that they hold their fans in special regard. They even have fanclubs all over the world which they support and every year there's a fanclubtreffen. This year the treffen was in Eindhoven.
In september 2017 I began with the StiBON course, level 1. Little did I know that what was in store for me was much more than just that little bit of extra knowledge about beer I though it would be.
This year 15 years ago Axel Kiesbye from Obertrum am See near Salzburg, Austria established the course for Diplom Biersommelier in a collaboration with Doemens-Akademie in Grafelfing near München, Germany.…