Kompaan had humble beginnings, with just a few recipes and a whole lot of gusto. The brewery was founded by Jeroen and Jasper, two school friends that have known each other longer than not. They shared a zest for life and were ready to put The Hague on the craft beer map. The brewery name is based on this friendship, two companions drinking together. As a modern, young brewery making contemporary, exciting beers, the name is spelt in modern Dutch, as “kompaan”, and not “compaen”.
Beginning in 2010, Jeroen and Jasper began to brew alone and it took them two years before their first beer, now called the Bondgenoot, was born.
In 2012 Kompaan started producing 10hl brews. Kompaan introduced their first brew to the market a refreshing dry-hopped blond with a low ABV, the Kompaan 20, refering to the number of the recipe. These days it's known as the Bondgenoot, in 2012 this type of beer was something new on the market, and the beer was quickly sold out. Following this, they brewed the 070 Kameraad and the Kompaan 45 Vrijbuiter, creating the
first beers of the core range.
By 2013, as the brewery continued to grow, Jasper was able to quit his day job and go full-time with Kompaan. During this time, we finalised and rolled out our core-range, with the inclusion of Kompaan 58 Handlanger and Kompaan 39 Bloedbroeder. To celebrate, we hosted our first festival, the Kompaan bierFASTival", which took place on the grounds of F.A.S.T Surfdorp.
Kompaan finally moved to the Binckhorst area in 2014, an industrial area in The Hague that has come to represent Kompaan’s rugged aesthetic. After renovation, the microbrewery and storage first opened in the Ateliercomplex de Besturing. Thanks to various collaborations with the partners at de Besturing, the growth of Kompaan was able to continue. By now, Jeroen was also able to start working at Kompaan full-time, and two more successful festivals were organized: at F.A.S.T Surfdorp and within de Besturing. Meanwhile, the core range was expanded with the introduction of seasonal beers, collaborations and one-offs.
But it wasn’t until 2015 that Kompaan moved into its current home on Saturnusstraat. The larger building enabled us to enter into a new period for the brewery, with 950 m2 of commercial space and a 165 m2 terrace on the water. Thanks to a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign, €150,000 was raised to install the craft beer bar next to the brewery, with the stunning terrace and views which so many now enjoy. On August 20th 2015, Kompaan officially threw open its doors and employed its first three full-time staff
members. With our new space up running, Kompaan continued to grow.
Kompaan brews around 13 new beers a year. To accommodate this, we started on the design and construction of a bigger brewery installation in 2016. The puzzle was completed by the end of November, with a 4 kettle 30 HL brewhouse including fermentation tanks and a bottling line! With a potential annual volume of 8000 HL and 10 enthusiastic employees, we were able to continue working on our dream. We also introduced two more beer festivals inspired by the Kompaan core-range: the Bondgenoot Festival in June, and the Bloedbroeder Craft Beer Gathering in October. Finally, in secrecy, we worked on a new beer line that was to see the light of day in 2017…
That beer line was the “Foreign Legion”, a limited series of beers, with titles like Johnny Dogface and Joey Greenhorn. A couple of beers in this series picked up Bronze awards in the Dutch Beer challenge for the ‘Amber/IPA’ and ‘Saison’ categories. However, In 2017 came a big win with the imperial stout Bloedbroeder, grabbing a gold medal and Best Dutch beer title in the Dutch Beer Challenge. In addition, it also won gold in the Russian Imperial Stout category at the Barcelona Beer Challenge. And in end, the Bloedbroeder made Kompaan a household name.
2018 was a year of transition, in this year we worked hard to bring the professionalism of the brewery to the next level. The result is two international prizes. Bloedbroeder Imperial Stout won a certificate of excellence during the Brussels beer challenge, and the Badgast won a silver medal at the Barcelona Beer Challenge.
In 2019 we continued to optimize our quality. A laboratory has been built and a quality manager has been assigned. In 2019 various prizes were again won, 2 gold medals at the Meininger Craft Beer Awards for Joey Greenhorn IPA and the Bloedbroeder Imperial Stout. Last but not least 3 prizes were won during the World Beer Awards. Countries Best for Bloedbroeder and Kameraad Lager, and our Handlanger has been voted the world's best Double IPA !!
We continue to discover and release many new beers. On to the future.