The Jopenkerk: Haarlem's Historic Brewery in a Church

Haarlem's Premier Brewery

31/03/2024

Nestled in the heart of Haarlem, the Jopenkerk offers a unique blend of rich history, traditional brewing, and a vibrant atmosphere, making it a must-visit destination. This article delves into the essence of Jopenkerk, from its historical roots to its modern-day allure as a brewery and restaurant housed in a beautifully restored church.

The Historical Roots of Jopenkerk

Jopen's journey traces back to 1407 when the recipe for Jopen Adriaan was first registered by the Haarlem Guild of Brewers. The brand's name, "Jopen," refers to the 112-liter wooden barrels used for shipping beer in the past. Officially established in 1994, Jopen revitalized Haarlem's brewing tradition by recreating old council recipes from the 16th century, starting with its first brew, Hoppen.

A Brewery in a Restored Church

What sets Jopenkerk apart is its setting in a former church, offering beer enthusiasts and casual visitors alike an unforgettable experience. The transformation of the old Jacobskerk into Jopenkerk in 2010 was a significant milestone, blending the city's brewing heritage with architectural marvel. Today, Jopenkerk not only serves as a brewery but also hosts a café and restaurant, providing a wide selection of beers and meals that incorporate Jopen's distinctive flavors​.

The Brewing Tradition Continues

Haarlem's history as a principal beer-brewing city is celebrated within the walls of Jopenkerk. The brewery showcases the impressive copper kettles where Jopen's "liquid gold" is brewed, allowing visitors to witness the brewing process up close. From the grand café and restaurant 'floating' above the brewing activities, guests can enjoy a range of delicious entrees paired with Jopen beers, enhancing the dining experience​.

A Hub of Events and Culture

Jopenkerk plays host to various events, enriching Haarlem's cultural scene. During the summer months, "Kanen bij de Kerk" ("eating at the church") brings locals and visitors together to enjoy great food amidst a collection of food trucks in the Boerenplein next to Jopenkerk. This initiative exemplifies Jopenkerk's role in fostering community spirit and offering a space where history, brewing, and socializing converge​​.

Visiting Jopenkerk

For those planning a visit to Haarlem, Jopenkerk stands out as a prime attraction, offering insight into the city's brewing history, architectural beauty, and the ongoing innovation in craft beer production. Whether you're a beer aficionado or simply curious about Haarlem's heritage, Jopenkerk promises an experience that combines the best of both worlds.

Jopenkerk represents the heart of Haarlem's brewing tradition, encapsulating centuries of history while continuously innovating to offer new and unique beer experiences. Its role as a cultural hub and gathering place showcases the enduring appeal of combining tradition with modernity, making it a cornerstone of Haarlem's vibrant community.


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