Tasting Seven Virtues at Brouwerij de 7 Deugden in Amsterdam

As part of this business trip, my company arranged for a group beer tasting at Browerij de 7 Deugden (aka the Brewery of 7 Virtues) just outside Amsterdam.  This was a true small business at it's best.  The operation was being run out of the owner's garage!
A Dutch flag waved outside the door.
We were ushered in and up the stairs to the light-filled tasting room.  Plates of cheese stood at the ready.
We were given a matrix and it was explained that we were going to taste three different beers paired with three different cheeses.  We'd then take a break, do a tour of the brewery, and then do three more beers with three different cheeses.
We started out with a very generous pour.
The beers were distributed at each table via large pitchers.  It was fun to compare the different flavor notes of the beer and discuss how they paired with each cheese.  In some cases it was a perfect match.  In other cases, the cheese was too strong for the beer or vice versa.
We then crowded into the downstairs tasting room for an explanation of the brewing process.  We also got to hear more about how the owner started the business to pursue his passion and also provide employment for folks with disabilities that might otherwise sit at home with nothing productive to do.  It was definitely a brewery with heart!
We moved on to the actual brewing facility in the garage where they are able to brew 1000 liters a day.  It was fascinating to see the full life cycle of beer production.  We've done a number of tours like this over the years but this is the first small, family owned operation that we'd seen. It was fantastic to see someone follow their passion and make a success out of something they love.
Back inside, we were ready for round two...The cheeses were much more pungent this time to match the heavier beers.
We finished up with this really dark stout.
My personal favorite from the day was Arm+Zalig which had an amazing smoky flavor and tasted like bacon.  I picked up a couple bottles to take home with me (I'd decided to check a bag after all...) and we rode off into the sunset toward Schipol Airport, our adventure in Amsterdam coming to an end.

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