Brouwerij De Molen
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4.8/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
this place became my beer home. Pp, the shop,bar and restaurant owner is an extremely nice guy and very passionate about beers and cooking with them. Having said that, the menu in the restaurant is changed on a regular basis all the products are locally produced. Especially the dishes made with the molens beers make this restaurant unique! On draft there are on general 5 de molen beers,sometimes limited beers that will never be bottled. The best for me is still the beershop tough. Pp made a beautiful selection of de molen beers, dutch, belgium, scandinavian, french, italian and american brews. Sometimes one can find extremely rare bottles here!! Unique in the netherlands!
06-06-2011 14:44:42 | More by rvdoorn
4.7/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was there two times now, the first time with the Borefts festival and the second one a few weeks ago to trade some beers with Peter Paul of the brewery.
The Molen is located a bit outside the place of Bodegraven and is a very good place to go to to drink some great beers and eat some great food. You can easily go there by train from The Hague or Utrecht. A five minte walk and the you are there.
The beer bottles are a bit pricy when you know the prices of the beers when you are in Belgium.
The quality of the beers are very very good and there is possibility to get a tour in the brewery when you are there. They are building a new brewery nearby and i don't know how this will work in the future.
03-24-2011 21:16:46 | More by Brabander
4.64/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A-Excellent brew/pub built under an old Dutch windmill.
Q-DeMolen brews are quality!
S-Great service, very helpful and knowledgeable of available items
S-Excellent selection; bottle shop on premises
F-Only had a few snacks but they were awesome. Great selection of beer cheeses, beer bread and beer sausage!
V-It's the Netherlands so everything is overpriced.
We only stopped for a couple beers on the way to Amsterdam. But couldn't stay long as friend was ill. I will go back again at first opportunity!
03-20-2013 16:42:15 | More by mtbdonn
4.63/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Awesome! Beer pairings with cheese and sliced meat plates make an awesome combination (even though I was sick....sorry Donn et al....I had an IPA and some bread and beer sausage). Then, when you are finished having lunch and some great beers, they have an attached bottle shop with De Molen's finest brews in addition to some other beers from local and international favorites. I love De Molen and am looking forward to going back!
02-02-2014 02:58:49 | More by 4thelvofbeer
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Peter Paul & Jose were fantastic hosts. Food was tasty and very reasonable. We didn't have a big look around but the drive in made Bodegraven look like a clean and beautiful town. We were debating stopping here on our way from Amsterdam to Belgium for the weekend. So glad we decided to take the time. We planned on lunch, a couple beers and a look in the bottle shop. A couple hours later and I left with a box full of goodies. We were there shortly after opening so were able to chat them up for quite a while. Bottles may be a bit high but they have plenty of unique offerings...sometimes you have to pay to play, right? As Brabander said, they are building a new brewery 200 meters down the road so shouldn't really affect the set up. Going to start with viewing days for the new brewery I believe next week. Although, I hope they leave remnants from the old brewery because people need to see the small set up that they run with. It's impressive in how small it is. A great way to start a beer-cation! Bring bottles to share with Peter Paul.
04-25-2011 23:45:04 | More by crosamich
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Been coming here for one reason or another for the last 4 years or so, but never bothered to write a review of the place. Not quite sure why. Anyways, we had a really nice time here (again) this past weekend, so I thought I'd write something up.
First of all, it is useful to mention that the pub / bottle shop and the actual brewery are seperately owned. They used to occupy the same building, but in 2011, the main brewery moved just down the street. I'll try to say a few things about both places and give an average score.
I usually come down from Utrecht or Amsterdam, which is about a 25 or 50 min train ride respectively, then make the 5 minute walk down to the windmill. Once I got hopelessly lost and it took me a whole 15 minutes. Luckily Bodegraven is relatively small and everyone knows where De Molen is.
The brewery itself is a medium sized set-up and the 100% Dutch brewmaster's name is Menno. He basically stays at the brewery and rarely shows his face at the pub. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen him in the pub in the 4 years I've been going there. Anyways, Menno is a experimenter extrordinair and will do anything you can possibly imagine. This means that some brews don't turn out all that well, but that others shock the shit out of me. Their stout beer is usually top notch and their barrel aging program is vast, expansive, and world class. Lots of barrels, and lots of awesome stout and barleywine to put in there. This is where I think De Molen shines, as Menno definitely has the best barrel program in Europe, and perhaps the best in the world.
The pub is a really cozy, quiet little place that is rarely too busy to be problematic. Whenever I've been in there, the staff, who are all 100% Dutch, as well as the owner Pieter-Paul, who is also 100% Dutch, have always been kind, courteous, and more than accommodating. We have shared beers with the staff and have even been given nice "secret-stash" surprise beers on the house. The beer list itself, however, is fantastic as it is. Usually there are 6 De Molen beers on tap, as well as another couple hundred beers from all over the world available in the shop that you can drink there as well. The service is speedy, attentive, and all the staff speak enough English to help out the non-Dutch tourist. Finally, the food here is also excellent, so I always look forward to a lunch or dinner here when the opportunity arises. Prices in the restaurant are perhaps a touch high, but not unreasonable for the quality of the product.
A quick word about the bottle shop. Essentially the whole De Molen line that is currently available is here. Things sell out obviously, but when something is released, it will surely be at the shop for at least a little while. That said, the prices are often €1+ more expensive here than in Amsterdam. As much as I love this little shop and try to support it all I can, my wallet dictates otherwise at times. Furthermore, besides De Molen beer, there is also a good selection of beer from Denmark, Norway, Italy, as well as some American craft. A good selection indeed, but just be sure you're not buying old product. I mistakenly bought an old, light-struck 75cl Raging Bitch once, which was totally undrinkable, and saw a 2+ year old Port Brewing IPA on the shelf the last time I was there. I generally stick to the De Molen stuff and things I know are new or resilient. Whenever I leave here, my trusty travel bag with Canadian flag attached is always way heavier than I wanted it to be.
All in all, the quality of the product and experience makes this place a must stop for any De Molen fan, or any beer enthusiast traveling through the low countries. While the prices can be a little higher than hoped, the selection and quality are top class, and the service is excellent. I am very happy that I can call De Molen my "local brewery."
02-19-2013 11:33:58 | More by Jeffo
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Came here as part of a tour of their newly built yet still nonoperational brewery. The tour was quick and simple yet still informative. The quality of the product De Molen is able to put out with the limited amount of space and equipment is a testament to their love of beer.
The town of Bodegraven is about an hour and a half trip from Amsterdam and well worth a day trip either by yourself or with a few friends. Being a small town/village/burgher?, the brewery is not hard to find being in walking distance from the train platform. You can sit outside and order from a menu consisting of 4 to 5 of the beers brewed on premise or head inside to the shop and pick up a few singles that range in style, price, and rarity.
The owners are nice and quick to respond to any question that you may have. You can tell they enjoy what they are doing. The food is also far beyond what one might expect to see at a brewery and the prices are fair as well. A nice selection of breads, appetizers, lunch, and dinner courses.
Lastly, the beer at this place is to die for and on par if not exceedingly better than all of the major European heavy hitters (mikkeler, norke, brewdog...etc, you get the idea). A rare find, much like their beers, with those even being a bit difficult to find in the main cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht.
10-02-2011 13:13:51 | More by jagadd
4.34/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
De Molen's beer store is a small beer store with a great selection of European Craft Beers (think Struise, Mikkeler, Nogne and sometimes even Narke). Also a fair selection of American Craft beers are to be found here but the main attraction to me are all the fantastic de Molen Beers on sale here. No BMC or any of other main stream beers in this store.
When Peter (the shop owner) is in he'll like to give you advise on some of the great beers he has in his store and point out new stuff you might like. He has also kept me informed about new de Molen releases through a personal e-mail.
I've bought a bottle of Raging Bitch here that wasn't outdated but also not as fresh as you would have liked it.
This is a small little beer store with a great selection. It has a welcoming atmosphere and invites you to browse all you want without ever feeling rushed. Prices are a bit high but the selection is wonderfull and some of the beers are just not to be found anywhere alse in Holland. If you are ever close by make sure you stop in and enjoy this great little shop.
02-26-2011 08:55:31 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Brouwerij De Molen in Bodegraven, Netherlands
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.