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Stadshaven Brouwerij offers a new bold craft beer brewery concept with gastropub.
In the Rotterdam Makers District, Stadshaven Brouwerij, a craft beer Brouwerij has been built on the Merwehaven. In a 100 year old, fully restored fruit warehouse of more than 5,000 m2, approximately 2 million liters of craft beer will be brewed annually and either bottled, canned, or casked.
Stadshaven Brouwerij, among the largest independent breweries in the Netherlands, also offers tours, beer tastings, and a gastronomic experience at our trendy horeca area with seating for about 350 people.
Learn more about the history of Stadshaven Brouwerij and Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H)
The Vierhaven area (Keile-, Lek-, IJssel- and Koushaven) was developed between 1912 and 1916. Building on the success of the Vierhavens, construction of the Merwehaven began as early as 1923 and was completed in 1930.
The Merwe-Vierhaven area (M4H for short) was developed as a general cargo port. These ports were equipped with sufficient wharf areas to store general cargo in crates, bales, barrels and bags on the wharf.
Rotterdam Fruit Wharf
Modernization took place when Velleman & Tas (V&T), one of the largest fruit importers, took over our warehouse from Quick Dispatch. V&T have been the driving forces behind developing Rotterdam Fruit Port.
In addition to a block of five large cold stores in our warehouse, in 1976 a substantial climate warehouse, capable of holding 400,000 packages (boxes, cases, or crates) of citrus fruit, emerged.
Rotterdam Fruit Port (RFP)
The Rotterdam Fruit Wharf soon proved to be too small, as new forms of fruit transport, such as larger ships, pallets and containers had made their appearance. Fruit Terminal Rotterdam (FTR) was then the result of a successful joint venture between Rotterdam Fruit Wharf (50%) and Fruit Stevedores Rotterdam VOF (50%).
In the short term, all the warehouses would disappear and make way for three new modern climate-controlled warehouses. Merwehaven became the world’s largest fruit port.
Makers “Innovatie” District
With the advance of fruit transport in reefer containers ("reefers") and the construction of the Second Maasvlakte, the port industry is slowly moving away from the Merwe-Vierhavens.
M4H, an area in transition, forms together with RDM (Rotterdamsche Drooghok Maatschappij) the Rotterdam Makers District: the region’s home to the innovative manufacturing industry.
The five secret ingredients for our sustainable craft beer.
The Merwe-Vierhavens area (M4H) is the incubator, testing ground and showcase for the circular economy of the future for the entire region. Innovation runs through our blood and brewing vessels. Stadshaven Brewery is not just a place where you can eat and drink, sustainability is also an important part of the menu.
We want to make our brewery as sustainable as possible, which is why we use the most modern techniques in the brewery that waste as little water and energy as possible
A super-efficient and economical brewery installation
We have a hypermodern brewery installation from the renowned German supplier Braukon with all kinds of sustainable features. For example, heat released from the cooling water is reused as preheated brewing water.
We’re fully powered by solar panels
There are 1,700 solar panels on the roof, which together produce 400,000 kWh annually.
Discarded e-scooter batteries get new life
We have entered into a partnership with Stored Energy. They are going to build a large battery with batteries from discarded e-scooters from the city, which will become the storage for the surplus energy from our solar panels. We'll soon be running tap systems and lighting on that
Floating Farm cows feast on brewery spent grain
Beer spent grain is a valuable rest product. The floating farm picks it up, and uses it as animal feed for their cows. It is very nutritious. The cows that eat this spent grain produce 2.5 more liters of milk per day. Also, Jordy’s Bakery can use it to make brush bread which we also feature on our menu.
Brewing water from purified wastewater
Our innovative neighbors Rainmakers have gained some fame making water from thin air or by purifying seawater. As part of a pilot, our wastewater is collected by them, purified and reused for brewing water.
We’ve had the privilege to work together with some great brands in the past. Here are some of them.
Interested in a guided fearless brewery tour?
Enter our world through one of our fearless brewery tours and get a behind the scenes look at the brewing process, the ingredients we use, our beers, sustainability, and history. Experience Rotterdam Fruit Port (RFP) up close and personal, take part in Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H) first hand as a new city district in the making, and much more