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 centenary. 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 go to two local pubs.

We visit the Sleutel, a pub with a rich history since 1659 also the place of the brewery. In the building, you see parts of the old wall of the city. De 3 Uiltjes is a typical “bruin cafe” for 40 years in a Jugendstil building near the centrum.

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. It was built for a printing-trade. It is possible to taste some different local beers.

Your Guide

I am 62 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.


  • 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 De Sleutel, Lage en de Hoge der A, 3 Uiltjes, Martinus Brouwerij.
  • Languages English, Dutch


Remember the guides work under donations. Only we ask €5 booking costs. Feel free to tip the guide after the tour!


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  • Siebren – 2018/08/25

    Rating: 4 / 5

    De boeiende historische architectuur, anekdotes en locaties geven het bier nog meer smaak en beleving. Fantastische tour Nick!

  • ChidoTours

    Rating: 4 / 5

    Nick, great that you have a second tour in Groningen. ? Enjoy !

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