Walking Tour

Groningen Beer brewery, from the Middle Ages till now

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This tour is available in English and Dutch.

Groningen Beer brewery, from the Middle Ages till now


Beer brewing was in the Middle Ages very important for the economy of the city of Groningen. The city had 80 breweries at the end of the 16e century. Everybody drinks beer in this period, Beer was “volksdrank” number one. De local government decided 1467 that is was prohibit to brew beer in the region “de Ommelanden” to protect the export. People who like to have or sell beer from Hamburg they have to pay tax. The water in the City, special from de Aa was very suitable for brewing beer. At the embankment of de Hoge der Aa were 10 “putstoelen” to bring in the water for the breweries.

During the tour, we visit an old pub.

During the walking tour, you see many old middle Ages buildings, which were Breweries, like the ship museum (Noordelijk scheepvaart museum), also Batavia an old brewery and from 1687 a local famous “inn” , now a beautiful restaurated house.

We visit the Sleutel, a pub with a rich history, since 1659 also the place of an old brewery. In the building, you see parts of the old wall of the city Groningen and a “well” in the basement.

New Brewery

The tour ends with a visit to a new brewery in Groningen Martinus. The brewery starts some years ago in an industrial building from the 20e century (architect F.Klein).

Beer tasting (optional at location)

In the last part of this beer tour it is possible to taste five small beers from the brewery, of course the gold medal winner “Smoked Porter” (2019).

  • Extra service: Beer tasting – 10 euro per person
    (price not included by booking)

Your Guide

I am 63 years old, I was a teacher at different schools, History, Geography and Biology. Now I like to brew my own beer named Black Devil. In my garden, I have my own Hop. I like to tell you about the city, the pubs and how to brew Beer.


  • Extra service: Beer tasting is not included (10 euro per person).
  • Drinks are not included during and after the tour.
  • Drinking alcoholic drinks after the tour is your own responsibility.
  • Price €5 per booking
  • Location / Region Netherlands/ Groningen
  • Tour duration 2 hours
  • Hotspots Noordelijk scheepvaart museum, De Sleutel, Lage en de Hoge der A, Martinus Brouwerij.
  • Languages English, Dutch


Remember the guides work under donations. Only we ask €1 per person (booking costs). Feel free to tip the guide after the tour!

The minimum number of persons to book this tour is 2 persons.


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