The oldest recipe from the archives, a recipe for ‘gruit’ or mulled beer, dates from 1407. Gruit beers, crafted using herbs and spices including yarrow, rosemary and sweet gale, are the forerunners of all the familiar present-day beers. Adriaan is a dark blond beer with a highly refreshing taste. With the combination of freshness and a mellow, spicy aftertaste, Adriaan is an ideal thirst quencher. It is especially popular in summer for serving on restaurant terraces. With an alcohol content of 5%vol, Adriaan is a very drinkable beer.
The name Adriaan has been taken from the city mill, ‘Stadsmolen de Adriaan’, where the grain was milled for the brewers. The mill is a landmark in the centre of Haarlem. Part of this beer’s sales revenue is donated to the ‘Molen De Adriaan’-foundation.