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Sancti Adalberti
Miraculum Novum
Adelbert's latest Miracle

Summary

The rich history of Egmond Abbey and the historic fact that beer was once brewed there inspired the launch of an Egmond abbey beer. It would seem that the market itself is ready for a beer like this too. A clear shift is taking place from lager to speciality beers and the retail and hospitality industries and consumers themselves are showing a growing interest in local products. Added to the above, sustainability is no longer just an empty word and government, the business sector and consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the need for a transition to a different approach to production and consumption. All of the above come together at Brouwerij Egmond. This brewery's beer is brewed under licence from Egmond Abbey, has an inextricable link to history and is made from organic grains that are grown locally. The first beer was brewed at Brouwerij De Prael in Amsterdam in 2009. The strong growth achieved made it necessary to move brewing activities to the "proef" brewery in Belgium and a brewery will be built specifically for the abbey beer in Egmond in 2016. The brewery will generate its own power, will not produce any emissions or waste, will work with the care sector and offer a number of apprenticeships, amongst other things.

The past

Adelbert was a missionary who came to Holland from Ireland in about 690 AD. He settled in a small place in the dunes called Egmond, to convert the Frisians living there.
Adelbert died in 740 AD and was buried in Egmond. It soon became a place of pilgrimage. In 922 AD, the area became the property of Dirk I, the first Count of Holland. He had a small convent in Hallem (now Egmond-Binnen). Adelbert appeared in a dream to Wilfsit, one of the nuns at the convent, and said that his body should be dug up and reburied in the small convent in Hallem. Dirk then had Adelbert's bones disinterred and that's when the miracle happened.
A spring appeared at the place where they had found his body. This same spring has been there ever since and the claim for many years was that the water was able to cure eye diseases and madness. This spring water is one of the ingredients used in the Egmond abbey beer. Many miracles are attributed to Adelbert and were written down in 980 AD. The population soon came to regard him as a saint. Christians and non-Christians alike turned to him for help.

The wooden monastery was replaced by a stone abbey that grew to become a centre of knowledge and power. The abbey had property throughout the region and the monks were at the very heart of the organisation of the country. This all came to an end in 1573 when Diederik Sonoy destroyed all churches and large buildings in the area to stop them being used by the invading Spaniards. Egmond Abbey was one of these buildings. However, we know from historiography that Sonoy did remove the wort boiler first, to turn it into weaponry.
It is very likely that beer was actually being brewed there. At the time, beer was healthier than water and people drank it regularly.
Every place had its own breweries and one of the most popular trades in Haarlem was that of brewer. Beer brewers in Alkmaar even had their own dune water extraction point in Schoorl.
The ruins of the abbey were a feature of the landscape for many centuries, until the very last stone was sold. A new abbey was only built from 1935 to 1950. Today, the Saint Adelbert Abbey has 13 Benedictine monks, who live in accordance with the rules of our Holy Father Benedict.

The present

The rich history of Egmond Abbey was hardly visible at all in the area around the abbey itself. Even the residents of Egmond-Binnen barely knew who Adelbert was. Soon, the feeling emerged that an Egmond abbey-beer ought to be brewed again. In meetings with Abbot Gerard Mathijsen, it became clear that the Abbot, as the son of a beer brewer, would appreciate this very much too. The idea was not for the monks to brew the beer themselves, but to have it beer brewed under licence from the abbey. This makes Sancti Adalberti the only real Dutch abbey beer!
The concept was finalised: a speciality beer anchored in the past of the abbey. The 'Sancti Adalberti' beer contains water from the healing spring to be found in the Adelbertus field. However, this is not all: the beer also contains lime blossom in homage to the lime trees on the Abdijlaan and the Adelbertus field.
On 24 April 2009, the holy water was brought to Amsterdam in a jar that had been blessed by the Abbot, after which Brouwerij De Prael brewed it as a guest brew.
Each year on about 25 June, the death of Saint Adelbert is remembered by the parish. The same was true of 28 June 2009. However, on this particular year the Sancti Adalberti abbey-beer was presented too. Sitting astride a Frisian horse, Diederik Sonoy came to deliver the first cask of Egmondse Tripel beer to Egmond Abbey. He was the man who destroyed the abbey in 1573, after first making off with its wort boiler.
Abbot Gerard Mathijsen tapped the first glass of Sancti Adalberti for Hetty Hafkamp, the Mayor of the municipality of Bergen. The beer was a great success straight away and orders were placed by a number of hospitality enterprises. After three weeks, the whole 1,000 litres of beer produced had sold out. Sales grew slowly but surely. The beer found its way into both the hospitality and retail industries. In 2015, 60,000 litres of five different types of beer were brewed: the wheat, blonde, double, triple and Pastorale winter beer.

The future

Research has shown that it becomes profitable to brew a beer yourself at a volume of 50,000 litres. The search for a location started in 2014. It now seems likely that it will be possible to start construction of the 3,000-hl brewery in 2016, in accordance with current sustainability principles. The idea is for Brouwerij Egmond to be a sustainable and socially committed organisation. With an emphasis on People, Planet and Profit. A brewery that works with people from the care sector and offers a number of apprenticeships too. A brewery that is committed to the village, landscape and cultural history.
A brewery that generates its own power does not produce any waste and that sources raw materials from the local area wherever possible. Income is to be generated from the sale of beer and beer-related products, a tasting room and tours.
Day trips will be offered too and will form part of the Egmond Experience. These will include wagon rides and canoe, walking and cycling trips.
In short, Egmond history leaves you wanting more.




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Het enige Nederlandse abdijbier

Sancti Adalberti abdijbieren worden, in licentie met de abdij van Egmond, ambachtelijk gebrouwen met 100% biologische granen. De toegevoegde lindebloesem geeft een heerlijke geur en samen met het water uit de heilige bron van Adelbert maakt het van Sancti Adalberti een bijzonder bier, geworteld in het verleden van de abdij van Egmond.






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