For many, the decision to set up a new brewery is born out of a passion for beer. For our Dutch customer, Brouwerij Egmond, the motivation is more than just the beer. This is a brewery which has sustainability very much front of mind and really does give something back to its community.
Head brewer, Albert Hoffmann explains the brewery’s rich history.
“The brewery’s founder, Peter Lassooy, used to run walking trails in Egmond, home to a beautiful Abbey – but unfortunately there was no Abbey beer to drink at the end of the walk! Legend has it that in 690 AD, a monk named Adelbert came to the region to spread faith. When he died, he was buried in the sand dunes which is now the site of a source of sacred water. Peter had the idea of creating Sancti Adalbert beer twelve years ago with sacred water from the spring used in every brew.”
Initially, Sancti Adalbert was brewed at the Prael brewery in Amsterdam. Now there is a brand-new brewery in Egmond making six different organic Abbey beers - Egmond Blonde, Egmond Weizen Egmond Double, Egmond Triple, Abbey Bock and Pastoral in cooperation with the Abbey of Egmond. There’s a license agreement with the Abbey in Egmond which means that part of the brewery’s proceeds also benefit the Abbey.
It currently brews 1,400 hectoliters a year and expects to brew 2,000 hectoliters by the end of this year as its beers become more and more popular. The brewery is also the only organic, Skal Certified, Benedictine Abbey beer brewery in Europe and is focused on ensuring its operations are as sustainable as possible.
The brew house is heated by a steam generator and the brewery has chosen 20L KeyKegs as its draught beer packaging rather than steel kegs because they require no cleaning, they use oxygen rather than chemical CO2, dispense with air, and there’s no costly return logistics. The kegs are so simple and easy to use that Albert and his team can hand fill 90 kegs in just two hours. They also have the advantage of being good for export and sending the beer further afield to markets such as Scandinavia without the problem of getting them back.
However, perhaps one of the most unique features of the brewery is the way it interacts with its local community. Not only does it donate part of its profit to the Abbey, but as soon as there’s a rhythm of weekly filling it will also work with a team of disabled volunteers who help with various stages of the brewing process – from filling to packaging. This is a hugely important part of the brewery’s culture and philanthropic ethos and a motivation for all who work there.
Sustainable packaging solution
The family owned business OneCircle has an eye for the long term and especially for the environment. For this reason the recycling initiative was launched to create and implement collection networks in a number of countries and, where possible, adding to the existing waste streams. To date, the initiative has started successful collection and recycling projects in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France and Belgium and is exploring effective networks in other countries around the globe.
OneCircle’s activities are continuous work in progress, but we are committed to taking responsibility for the end of life of our kegs and to partnering with relevant businesses to create a circular economy.More information