From the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, Haarlem was a city with a rich beer history. In the 15th century, the Haarlem Koyt beer was even the most popular beer in Antwerp! Between 1620 and 1640, there were no fewer than 52 breweries in Haarlem.
In 1995, to commemorate the 750 year anniversary of the city privileges of Haarlem, the first Jopen beer was brewed according to an old Haarlem recipe from 1501: the ‘Jopen Hoppenbier’. This proved to be so successful that its brewers were able to open their own brewery ‘Jopenkerk’ in the centre of Haarlem. In addition to a fully operational brewery, Jopenkerk also offers a Grand Café and restaurant. Visit Jopenkerk and try a delicious Jopen beer!