La Trappe
Gedempte Voldersgracht 2,
2011 WD Haarlem,

Founded: 1985


Jopen is a beer brewery from Haarlem, Netherlands.

Jopen's beer is a result of the work of Stichting Haarlems Biergenootschap, which was founded in 1992. The mission of the Biergenootschap is to re-create traditional Haarlem beers and bring them to the commercial market. Two recipes were found in the Haarlem city archives that were used as a foundation for two initial beers. The first one was a recipe from 1407; the recreation of this was named Koyt, a gruit beer.

In December 1996, the commercial company Jopen BV acquired the beer. The name Jopen refers to the 112 litre beer barrels that were used in early times to transport the Haarlem beer.

Until the end of 1996 Jopen beer was brewed in the Halve Maan brewery in Hulst, after that it was made in the La Trappe brewery in Berkel-Enschot. Since 2001, the Jopen beer brands were brewed in Ertvelde, Belgium, in brewery Van Steenberge. The current brewer is Chris Wisse.

At the end of 2005, it was announced that the old Jacobskerk, in the Raaks area in the city centre of Haarlem, would be transformed into a brewery. In November 11, 2010, the "Jopenkerk" (Jopen church) opened its doors for the public. Besides the brewery it also hosts a cafΓ© and restaurant.

Jopen won two silver medals at the 2008 World Beer Championship.

Jopen has restored the age-old Haarlem brewing tradition to its earlier glory. A former church in the bustling centre of Haarlem has been transformed into a modern city brewery, grand cafΓ© and restaurant. It has put Haarlem back on the map as a city of beer.

Every visit to the Jopenkerk is an experience. You can witness the brewing process with your own eyes while you enjoy drinks, lunch or dinner. With our laid-back atmosphere, contemporary interior and excellent food, we hope to make you feel right at home. A wonderful venue for tasting, experiencing and enjoying.

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