Brouwerij De Molen

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Overtocht 43
Bodegraven, 2411 BT

+31 172 610 848 | map

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Reviews by jagadd:
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

To be fair I was here for Berfts and had the beer pairing dinner during the festival.

Peter Paul did an amazing job with the beer and food pairing, the serice was top notch.

If this is any indication of how this normal go at the resturaunt, this place is awesome.

Killer bottle shop attached to the resturaunt, selling all De Molen beers as well as beers from all over Europe & the USA.

Only about an hour from Brussels or Amsterdam, well worth a slight detour.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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."

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Brouwerij De Molen in Bodegraven, Netherlands
Brewery rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 4,332 ratings