We all know the story of India Pale Ale but Bob asks in the comments whether the Dutch ever did a similar thing:
Bob Schneider [11:37 PM June 25, 2007]Good enough to be brought up to the surface for a little bit more of a think....or a thunk if I can't come up with anything. I will check through Unger's texts but if anyone else has any ideas, please share.
I realise that this is a review of a book but I was wondering if you could satisfy my curiosity. When I was brewing professionally in Holland, MI, I was trying to come up with a beer name and tagline that connected with the Dutch East India Trading Company (correct name?) similar to India Pale Ale shipped to British troops stationed in India. I did some research but ended up making an IPA with our house German ale yeast. When I put the beer on tap at the brew pub, the owners renamed it anyway. It was still one of the best IPAs I have made.
So my question is; Did the Dutch traders ship beer as a commodity in trade for Asian goods? If yes, what years, what style? Were hops used in any manner then?