THE FIRST DROP

Founded in 1983 and still alive and kicking!
A lot has changed over the years. Curious?
Read our rich history!

1992- 1995

Takeover Oranjeboom and Inbev. This marked the end of De Raaf. Inbev also had Hoegaarden Wit, making it unprofitable for them to still produce De Witte Raaf.




1996

Birth of Brewery de Hemel! Craft and local beer. The styles and ideals remain the same, but the brewery is independent, and locally oriented. De Hemel provides Nijmegen and the surrounding area with delicious beer, and anyone who wants to can visit us.





1996 – 2000

It was hard work reviving the brewery. From 2000, there has been stable growth.

2020 – 2022

This was a difficult time for De Hemel and brewers in general. By necessity, we were selling more through retail. Corona has pretty much ended the craft beer hype. Craft beer is now normal. Years of experience, steady clientele and, of course, great beer have given De Hemel a place in the world of craft beer.





1983

Birth of Brouwerij de Raaf, and thus for a long time the first Dutch brewery focusing on craft beer. Founded by Herm Hegger in Heumen, a village near Nijmegen.

Late 1980s

De Witte Raaf, the first Dutch white beer, popular across the country. In some beer pubs, the placard of the Witte Raaf still hangs.

2010

From the USA, the craft beer hype blew over to the Netherlands. Breweries opened all over the country and people increasingly switched from lager to craft beer. This also caused enormous growth for our brewery.

2016

Thieu, Herm Hegger's son, took over the brewery. Again, the beer styles and ideals remained the same, but now with more focus on modern times.

1983

Birth of Brouwerij de Raaf, and thus for a long time the first Dutch brewery focusing on craft beer. Founded by Herm Hegger in Heumen, a village near Nijmegen.

Late 1980s

De Witte Raaf, the first Dutch white beer, popular across the country. In some beer pubs, the placard of the Witte Raaf still hangs.

1992- 1995

Takeover Oranjeboom and Inbev. This marked the end of De Raaf. Inbev also had Hoegaarden Wit, making it unprofitable for them to still produce De Witte Raaf.




1996

Birth of Brewery de Hemel! Craft and local beer. The styles and ideals remain the same, but the brewery is independent, and locally oriented. De Hemel provides Nijmegen and the surrounding area with delicious beer, and anyone who wants to can visit us.





1996 – 2000

It was hard work reviving the brewery. From 2000, there has been stable growth.

2010

From the USA, the craft beer hype blew over to the Netherlands. Breweries opened all over the country and people increasingly switched from lager to craft beer. This also caused enormous growth for our brewery.

2016

Thieu, Herm Hegger's son, took over the brewery. Again, the beer styles and ideals remained the same, but now with more focus on modern times.

2020 – 2022

This was a difficult time for De Hemel and brewers in general. By necessity, we were selling more through retail. Corona has pretty much ended the craft beer hype. Craft beer is now normal. Years of experience, steady clientele and, of course, great beer have given De Hemel a place in the world of craft beer.





1983 - 2023

History has made us what we are today. A small-scale, Nijmegen-based brewery that stands for tasty beers you'll want more than one of. In the coming years, we want to remain independent from large parties and financiers in order to continue brewing our own beer for Nijmegen and its surroundings. Cheers!

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