Friday’s ad is for Heineken, from 1977. In the year I graduated from high school, Heineken was considered “the good stuff” by my step-father’s friends and relatives, which in retrospect is rather sad and indicative of the state of beer at that time. This is also at a time when Holland seemed mysterious, and people really didn’t know much about the European nation. So using such cliched images in their ads like tulips and windmills probably made sense, but looks really dated now. Even the beer glass has a windmill on it.
Today is the 58th birthday of Ron Pattinson, a brewing historian who writes online at Shut Up About Barclay Perkins. Ron lives in Amsterdam but is obsessed with the British brewery Barclay Perkins, which is what the title of his blog refers to. I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Ron in person, though we’ve corresponded several times. Lew Bryson had a chance to go drinking with Ron a few years ago. Join me in wishing Ron a very happy birthday.
Today is the birthday of fellow beer writer Brian Yaeger, author of Red, White & Brew. Brian also writes online at his Red, White & Brew Beer Odyssey blog. Until recently, Brian and his lovely bride Kimberly lived in Portland, Oregon (having moved from San Francisco), but they’ve moved to Amsterdam. Join me in wishing Brian a very happy birthday.
Today’s beer film is a commercial for a Dutch beer, Bavaria Beer, in this case for their Radler. The hilarious spot imagines that Elvis Presley is not dead, but today lives on a desert island along will fellow not dead celebrities Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Lee and Marilyn Monroe. When a ship wanders close, with practiced ease they sound they alarm and strike the set, so there’s (almost) nothing to see as the ship speeds by, training their binoculars on the now empty-looking beach. Luckily, you don’t really need to know Dutch to figure out what’s going on.
Though contracting ALS (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is relatively rare, according to a new Dutch study, your risk is cut in half if you drink moderately, when compared to abstainers. Better known, at least in North America, as Lou Gehrig’s Disease — since the New York Yankees first baseman famously contracted it in 1938 — the ABMRF is reporting about the new study. According to their information, the Risk of ALS Seen to be Lower in Drinkers than Abstainers. Their full article is below:
A Dutch population-based case-control study of the rare but devastating neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) suggests that the risk of such disease is increased among smokers, as has been shown previously. However, surprisingly, the risk of ALS was seen to be markedly lower among consumers of alcohol than among abstainers.
The study conducted between 2006 and 2009 included surveying 494 patients with incident ALS, a large sample for the rare disease, and 1,599 controls. Investigators compared results with those from cohorts including patients with prevalent ALS and referral patients.
Results highlight the importance of lifestyle factors in the risk for ALS. Current smoking is associated with an increased risk of ALS and a worse prognosis. However, alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of ALS, as the risk among drinkers was about one half that of non-drinkers.
You can see the abstract for the study itself, Smoking, Alcohol Consumption, and the Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Population-based Study, at PubMed.
Tuesday’s ad is for Heineken. It looks like it’s from the 1960s or so, but it was definitely before 1991, when Heineken bought their importer, Van Munching & Co. One interesting thing I’m pretty sure isn’t on their neck label any more is the suggestion to “Serve at 45°-50° F.” Not sure about their claim of tasting “tremendous,” that’s not been my personal experience.
Netherlands or Dutch Breweries
- Alfa Bierbrouwerij
- Amelander Brouwerij
- Amersfoortse Stadsbierbrouwerij De Drie Ringen
- Apeldoornse Stadsbierbrouwerij
- Berghoeve Brewery
- Arcense Bierbrouwerij
- Bavaria N.V.
- Bavaria 86
- Bierbrouwerij 3 Horne
- Brouwerij de 7de Hemel
- Bierbrouwerij de Eem
- Bierbrouwerij de Halve Maan
- Bierbrouwerij De Keyzer
- Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven / La Trappe
- BierBrouwerij De Pauw
- Bierbrouwerij Het Brouw Café
- Bierbrouwerij Hoeksche Waard
- Bierbrouwerij Kasparus
- Bierbrouwerij Maallust
- Bierbrouwerij Oirschots
- Bierbrouwerij Sint-Servattumus
- Bierbrouwerij ‘t Kuipertje
- Bierbrouwerij’t Vølen
- Brand Bierbrouwerij
- Brouwerij De 7 Deugden
- Brouwerij Bourgogne Kruis
- Brouwerij Cafe Restaurant Jopenkerk
- Bierbrouwerij Cambrinus
- Brouwerij De Beyerd
- Brouwerij De Boei
- Brouwerij de Emelisse
- Brouwerij De Gulzige Gans
- Brouwerij De Heerlijkheid
- Brouwereij De Koperen Kat
- Brouwerij De Leckere
- Brouwerij De Lepelaer
- Brouwerij De Molen
- Brouwerij de Natte Gijt
- Brouwerij de Prael
- Brouwerij de Praght
- Brouwerij De Schans
- Brouwerij De Snaterende Arend
- Brouwerij De Witte Leeuw
- Brouwerij D’n Hopper
- Brouwerij Erve Kots
- Brouwerij Geilings
- Brouwerij Gradus Nikkelen
- Brouwerij Hettinga Bier
- Brouwerij Heusden
- Brouwerij Huttenkloas
- Brouwerij Kinhem
- Brouwerij Levenswater
- Brouwerij Liefde
- Brouwerij Maximus
- Brouwerij Mommeriete
- Brouwerij Restaurant Grand-Café De Drie Koningen
- Brouwerij ‘t IJ
- Brouwerij ‘t Koelschip
- Brouwerij Vat No 13
- Brouwerij Zeeburg
- Budelse Browerij
- Burg Bier Brouwerij
- B.V. Gulpener Bierbrouwerij
- B.V. Gulpener Bierbrouwerij U.S.
- Café-Restaurant-Brouwerij De Beijerd
- De Bekeerde Suster
- De Bierfabriek
- De Fontein
- De Friese Bierbrouwerij Us Heit
- Dommelsche Bierbrouwerij
- Dorpsbrouwerij De Maar
- EleganT Brouwerij Leiderdorp
- Florindia Brouwerij
- Graaf van Heumen
- Groningse Stadsbrouwerij
- Grolsche Bierbrowerijen
- Grolsche Bierbrowerijen U.S.
- Haarlems Biergenootschap Jopen
- Hanze-Stadsbrouwerij Zutphen
- Heineken: ‘s Hertogenbosch, Zoeterwoude
- Heineken Nederland (Amstel)
- Huisbrouwerij De Natte Cel
- Huisbrouwerij de Peelander
- Huisbrouwerij Klein Duimpje
- Jantjes Bierbrouwerij
- Leidsch Bier
- Lindeboom Bierbrouwerij
- Museumbrouwerij De Groese Zwaluw
- Museumbrouwerij De Roos
- Museumbrouwerij Het Goeie Goet
- Stichting Noordhollandse Alternatieve Bierbrouwers
- Olivier’s Bieradvies
- Phetradico Bieren
- Ramses Bier
- Rebels Bierbrouwerij
- Rodenburg Brouwerij
- Sallandse Landbier Brouwerij
- Sint Christoffel Bier BV
- Speciaalbierbrouwerij Duits & Lauret
- Speciaalbierbrouwerij Oijen
- Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel
- Stadtsbrouwerij De Pelgrim
- Stadsbrouwerij de Romein
- Staatsbrouwerij Dordrecht
- Stadsbrouwerij De Kromme Jat Groningen
- Stadtsbrouwerij van Kollenburg
- Stadsbrouwerij Wittenburg
- Texelse Bierbrouwerij
- Twentse Bierbrouwerij
- Utrechtse Stoombierbrouwerij Oudaen
- Valleibieren Brouwerij
- Walhalla Brouwerij
- Wispe Brouwerij
- Witte Klaverview
Netherlands Brewery Guides
- CIA World Factbook
- Official Website
- U.S. Embassy
- Wikipedia’s Beer & Breweries in the Netherlands
Guild: Centraal Brouwerij Kantoor
National Regulatory Agency: Not Known
Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: See European Union requirements
Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%
- Full Name: Kingdom of the Netherlands
- Location: Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany
- Government Type: Constitutional monarchy
- Language: Dutch (official), Frisian (official)
- Religion(s): Roman Catholic 30%, Protestant 20% (Dutch Reformed 11%, Calvinist 6%, other Protestant 3%), Muslim 5.8%, other 2.2%, none 42%
- Capital: Amsterdam
- Population: 16,730,632; 64th
- Area: 41,543 sq km, 135th
- Comparative Area: Slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey
- National Food: Stamppot, Hutspot
- National Symbol: Lion; Tulip; Willibrord; Windmills
- Affiliations: UN, EU, NATO
- Independence: Liberated From Nazi Germany, May 5, 1945 / 23 January 1579 (the northern provinces of the Low Countries conclude the Union of Utrecht breaking with Spain; on 26 July 1581 they formally declared their independence with an Act of Abjuration; however, it was not until 30 January 1648 and the Peace of Westphalia that Spain recognized this independence)
- Alcohol Legal: Yes
- Minimum Drinking Age: 16 (under 15% ABV); 18 (15% ABV and over) [Note: If the person is under the age of 20, an identity card has to be shown before buying. Drinking in public is banned by local ordinance in most municipalities. Selling alcohol to underage customers carries a fine of €900–3,600.]
- BAC: 0.05%, 0.02% for drivers with less than 5 years’ experience
- Number of Breweries: 117
- How to Say “Beer”: bier
- How to Order a Beer: Un beer, ahls-yer-bleeft
- How to Say “Cheers”: Geluch / Proost
- Toasting Etiquette: N/A
Alcohol Consumption By Type:
- Beer: 50%
- Wine: 34%
- Spirits: 16%
Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):
- Recorded: 9.55
- Unrecorded: 0.50
- Total: 10.05
- Beer: 4.72
WHO Alcohol Data:
- Per Capita Consumption: 9.6 litres
- Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
- Excise Taxes: Yes
- Minimum Age: 16
- Sales Restrictions: Time, places
- Advertising Restrictions: Yes
- Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes
Patterns of Drinking Score: 1
Today’s work of art is by a contemporary Dutch artist, Jos Van Riswick, who for most of his life worked at a university as a physicist before giving it all up to pursue an artist’s life in Nijmegen, Holland. After some experimentation, he found that traditional oils suited him best, and has been specializing in still lifes, such as this commission, done for someone in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The painting, Beer Still Life, was completed in August of 2010.
In his biography, van Riswick cites Rembrandt, along with Vermeer and Caravaggio, as influences and I have to agree that his work looks more timeless and older than many of his contemporaries. You wouldn’t look at this painting and immediately place it as having been done less than two years ago.
To learn more about Van Riswick, he has a short biography on his website. You can see many more of his paintings at Postcard From Holland, his blog Jos van Riswick — Painter, his Drawing Book and his eponymous website JosVanRiswick.com.
Today’s work of art is by the Dutch artist Adriaen van Ostade, a Golden Age painter of genre scenes. This is the second painting of his I’ve featured, the first being Ale House Interior. Like that one, van Ostade did a watercolor first, and it, too, is in the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. But eventually, in 1673, it was completed as an oil painting on a wood panel. It usually called The Violin Player, though some call it A Violinist at a Farmhouse Door.
A group of people are gathered in front of a simple house that seems to be a country inn. The atmosphere is one of gaiety, for an itinerant violinist has come to the door to play a tune, accompanied by the boy in the red jacket who plays the hurdy-gurdy. The music is enjoyed by young and old alike. In the middle of the picture, a man sits on a bench, his legs wide apart, holding a tankard of beer. In the doorway, a woman leans on the lower half of the door and two men look out, trying to catch a glimpse of the musicians. Some children hang about outside, enjoying the excitement. A tousled girl steadies a child wearing only one shoe, and a little boy makes contact with a dog.
I’m no expert on Dutch architecture, but the building doesn’t look like a farmhouse to me, as the Morgan Library insists. To me, at least, it looks more like a tavern door, and that better explains the man with the big tankard of beer.
To learn more about Adriaen van Ostade, Wikipedia and the J. Paul Getty Museum each have a biography of him, and you can also see links to his works online at ArtCyclopedia. The Web Gallery of Art and the Wikimedia Commons also feature a number of his paintings.
Today’s work of art is by the Dutch artist Joseph de Bray, who’s more famous as the son of Salomon de Bray, also a painter, and for essentially just one work of art, his In Praise of Herring, which is also known as Eulogy to a Herring and Still-Life in Praise of the Pickled Herring. It was completed in 1656.
The painting also includes a poem, also titled In Praise of Herring by Jacob Westerbaen, who was de Bray’s brother-in-law. Unfortunately, I was also unable to find the full text of the poem, either. Say what you will about pickled herring — and I’m certainly not a fan — but if you’re going to pair it with a beverage, you can bet it’s going to be beer.
The Web Gallery of Art has this to say about the artist and his painting:
Fish still-lifes developed as a category during the seventeenth century — not an astonishing phenomenon when we recall that fishing, particularly for herring and cod, was a mainstay of the Dutch economy. A notable exponent of the type is Abraham van Beyeren. As the Dutch love for flowers, their love for seafood is proverbial. The Haarlemer Joseph de Bray, son of Salomon and brother of Jan, celebrated this taste in his picture, dated 1656, dedicated to the apotheosis of the pickled herring.
Resting behind the large, succulent herring and other objects in the painting’s foreground, there is an elaborate tablet, draped with a festoon of herrings and requisite onions, inscribed with a poem by the Remonstrant preacher and poet Jacob Westerbaen: ‘In praise of the Pickled Herring’ published in 1633. After telling of the herring’s delight to the eye, palette, and its other qualities, Westerbaen adds that consumption of it ‘Will make you apt to piss/And you will not fail/(With pardon) to shit/And ceaselessly fart…’ – proof, if it is needed, that plain profane messages are as likely embodied in Dutch paintings as spiritual ones. The painting was evidently a success. In the following year he painted another, somewhat larger still-life, now in Aachen, dedicated to the same subject. It includes the text of Westerbaen’s verse dedicated to the pickled herring, and a brief passage from his poem ‘Cupido’ on the page of an open folio accompanied by an ample display of herrings and onions.
And another source said the following:
Joseph de Bray came from a family of Haarlem painters which included the highly respected Salomon de Bray (his father) and Jan de Bray (his brother). Joseph is known for this curious still life in which the different elements — the jug, the glass of beer, the fish, the bread, the butter and the onions — are organized in a U-shape. In the centre of the composition is a manuscript where one can read a poem by Doctor Jakob Westerbaen, singing the praises of a salted and smoked herring!
To learn more about Joseph de Bray, sadly, there’s not much. There isn’t even a Wikipedia page in English for him, it instead forwards to his father’s page where Joseph is mentioned. There is, however, a short German page for him, and that translates as follows:
Son of the painter Salomon de Bray and brother of Dirck, Jacob and Jan de Bray. He was certainly younger than his brother, Jan, and older than his brother Dirck. Probably trained by his father, he specialized mainly on still life. In 1664, he died of the plague.
The earliest known evidence of his artistry is a small drawing of an Arcadian landscape dated 14th February 1650, classified because of the uncertain lines as an early work. There are only a handful of works that can be ascribed with certainty. The most famous depiction is “Still Life with a poem on the pickled herring” that has survived in several handwritten copies. Recently appeared on the international art market is another picture which is tentatively attributed to him. Besides the few oil paintings, there are some drawings, which are also brought in touch with him.
There’s not much else, beyond this article, Painting Family: The De Brays, about his family.