Hoi! I’m a Dutch guy that moved from Amsterdam to Oxford, UK a few years ago. I’m a big fan of beer which I also like to brew in my spare time. Dorst is a small as beer brewing gets and you just stumbled upon its presence on the Internet.
So why the name Dorst? Dorst is a Dutch word and has several meanings. This is what the most famous Dutch dictionary says it means:
dorst (de; m)
- behoefte aan drinken (The need to drink)
- hevig verlangen (intense longing)
It is a reference to the roots and the purpose of Dorst; making beer I love and want to drink myself. I believe that beer should not be made more complicated than that. It’s also my creative outlet to make beers that are hard or impossible to get commercially. I’ll leave it up to the reader to determine if that’s a good thing..
The origins of Dorst lie in Amsterdam. After an evening of drinking beer at cafe Gollem with a good friend we got the idea to start brewing. Horribly unprepared we made our first few steps into the wonderful world of beer brewing. After a few batches of brewing we even managed to make the end result drinkable! We were steadily improving our skills – but it was not to last. I got the opportunity to move to Oxford and brewing took second plan for a while.
After getting settled in Oxford I quickly started to ramp up to start brewing again. I bought a Speidel Braumeister, drove over some equipment from the Netherlands and got some swanky stainless steel fermenter tanks. I now brew quite regularly and post my ideas and recipes on this page.
If you feel like reaching out, are interested in my brews, or have any other questions please feel free to contact me. I regularly attend meetings of the Oxford Brewers Group and like to hang out at the BrewUK forums.
Also there have been some rumblings about gypsy brewing lately..