Going to Texel Island
While I was in Holland I had a day off to visit local breweries. We have two options:
- Go south and visit the famous Brouwerij de Molen, in the middle of nowhere.
- Go north to an island to visit lighthouse and Texels Brewery, No. 9 largest microbrewery in Holland.
Since the island sounded more fun we chose option #1. We first traveled north and took the ferry near the harbor town Den Helder.
One of Holland’s Naval school buildings.
The ferry port.
A swag European crow.
Some naval ships and coast guard ships.
The ferry travel time was just 15 minutes. On the Texel island we first went grabbing some lunch.
Many small (retirement?) houses.
The restaurant we went on Texel island was local and naturally served many seafood dishes.
Texel island specialties. Top: small shrimp sandwich. Left: a kind of salty sea weed. Middle/down: raw whole herrings.
Raw whole herring. It tasted pretty nice like salty sashimi, while it was a bit slimy.
And some Texels beer of course. “SkuumKoppe” literally means “foam head”, describing the white foams of the waves. The beer did have a bit sea wind smell.
After lunch, as we still had some time before the brewery tour, we decided to go visit the Texel island landmark (also the main object on Texels beers’ label): the Texel lighthouse.
Texel lighthouse at the northern tip of island.
Nice beach near the lighthouse.
The lighthouse was first built in 1863 and further enhanced in 1945.
The passage between the original (1863) inner wall and the newer (1945) outer wall.
The inner wall still had bullet holes from WWII.
Just a Dutch joke…
Lighthouse’s top control room.
Texels Brewery Visit
Having enough of the Texel lighthouse we went to our main goal of this trip: the Texel Brewery!
Nice cozy front entrance with outdoor seating.
Amazingly, Texels Brewery utilized lots of modern automation tool, like this robotic package placement arm.
Our first meeting was an introduction video and speech (in Dutch). Texels Brewery used many of the island ingredients to brew their beers.
Radio speaker for in-factory communication.
The three packaging labels.
Keg filling machine.
The main broth making place. Just like Anchor Brewery the equipment here was made with copper.
The floor was kind of wet though.
After touring the brewing factory, we are ready to have some beer tasting!
4-sample tasting card.
From left to right: Wit, SkuumKoppe (the one we tasted at the restaurant), Vuurbaak (“lighthouse” Irish red ale) and SpringTij (When high tide and low tide difference is the greatest. Blonde Saison). You can find more information here at Texels’ website.
Ahh, feels great!
Noorderwiend, a spiced winter ale.
It says “Beers free tomorrow”. So the free beers never come…
After visiting the brewery we started head back to the ferry terminal.