With less than four years of professional brewing experience under their belts, Amsterdam locals Sander and Ward have already produced two award-winning speciality beers under the brand Bruut. Adding a modern twist to the beer tradition of neighbouring country Belgium, they are currently repurposing an Amsterdam industrial heritage site as an ecological brewing house and pub. In 2016, Bruut shook up the Dutch beer scene when its hoppy tripel Gajes was named ‘The Best Beer of the Netherlands’ in the Dutch Beer Challenge. The beer’s unique combination of an above average bitterness and a strong citrus flavour stood out and is still a favourite among the brewery’s fans.