“Welcome to De Proefzaak van Brouwerij Kleiburg in Amsterdam, where people gather around beer and food. Let’s share and enjoy!”
In the middle of the Amsterdam Southeast, between grey concrete office buildings, you’re able to find a green hangar surrounded by a bit of nature: a green oasis in a concrete jungle. It is here, where the only beer of the Bijlmer is brewed by Brewery Kleiburg. It is a real monastry beer, connected to the Kleiburg monastry.
De Proefzaak is a place where people come together, to meet each other, to enjoy life… and enjoy their historical beers! The staff is clearly passionate about beer and could talk about all of their offerings. This is a brilliant find in what appears to be an area of Amsterdam which is heavily populated with office blocks!
And what is a beer tasting room without good snacks? A cheese platter or some dried sausages, typical dutch snacks or some fries: enjoy these bites next to your Kleiburg beer. Based on the unique taste of their different craft beers, they have carefully created a dinner menu.
Their story began in the flat Kleiburg, a Bijlmer flat that would be demolished, but got a new lease of life as a ‘handy apartment’. In 2015 a small group of people settled here to live as a Christian community: the Clay Monastery. The monks dedicate themselves to a spiritual and hospitable life in the Bijlmer. In the monastery, people meet each other, eat and pray together. The Clay Monks are inspired by the old city traditions in everything and cast them in a new light. In the past, monasteries made water drinkable by brewing beer. Brouwerij Kleiburg is still covering the costs of the Clay Monastery today!
It is precisely in the anonymity of the big city that Clay Monastery and Kleiburg Brewery want the same: connect people by sharing life sustainably. As a Clay Monastery, they are proud to be able to brew and serve their own beer in the Bijlmer. It may not be as necessary as before, but good monastery beer makes life more beautiful, just like paying attention to each other!