September 2 - Queen Máxima 'raises a glass' at Gulpener brewery
Queen Máxima paid a working visit to beer brewer Gulpener in Gulpen (in the Dutch province of Limburg) on Thursday.
In 2020, the brewery won the Koning Willem I Prize in the sustainability category. This is a prize that is awarded every two years.
Harvesting hop cones
First, various growers were visited. The Majesty talked to them about how barley and wheat are grown, among other things. They then harvested ripe hop cones in the fields in Reijmerstok. The plants are used as a preservative and flavoring agent in the preparation of beer. This happened in the company of acting governor Johan Remkes and mayor Nicole Ramaekers-Rutjens van Gulpen-Wittem, among others.
The working visit moved to Gulpener's brewery around 1:00 PM. There, the Queen received more information about new brewing techniques and the processing of local raw materials. But it didn't stop there: she also got a history lesson about the beer brewer.
The day was dominated by beer and that is not surprising when you visit a beer brewery. The previously harvested hop cones were allowed to hand over the majesty to the microbrewery, where special beer was made. Everyone ended the day there.