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Brewery De Prael: environment-friendly, socially-conscious

Amsterdam brewery De Prael

Located at Oudezijds Voorburgwal, De Prael — on the left, where you see the Amsterdam flag — is supplied by ship

Amsterdam brewery De Prael is located alongside the Oudezijds Voorburgwal — one of the oldest canals in the so-called Old Side of medieval Amsterdam.

Supply and shipping at this location is a logistical nightmare. Stopping a truck on the narrow, one lane street quickly results in traffic backing up for several blocks.

But at De Prael that doesn’t happen, because the micro brewery is continuing a centuries-old tradition at this very spot: Receiving supplies and shipping products by boat.

Rederij Kees

Bags of grain and hops, beer barrels, crates filled with bottles — the men on board of the IJzeren Hein deliver everything the De Prael needs to create its traditionally-brewed beer.

The 10 meter long barge is made of aluminum and has an electric motor.

It belongs to Rederij Kees, a shipping company operated by social organization De Regenboog.

The company is staffed by people who — for one reason or another — face major obstacles to entering the job market.

Amsterdam brewery De Prael

Interestingly, The Brouwerij de Prael foundation also offers employment opportunities for people facing major difficulties to entering the job market.

It offers people the opportunity to learn a new trade in practice and, at the same time, undertake an apprenticeship through the brewery’s associated practical school.

Tours, Tastings, Meals

Founded in 2002, De Prael has gained a dedicated and growing following of beer (and food) enthusiasts.

Interested in tours, tastings, or meals? Visit the Amsterdam brewery De Prael’s English-language website.

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This post was last updated: Mar. 9, 2019