Kaapse Story

The best Rotterdam beer in the world

Hi there!

We are Kaapse Brouwers. We are the brewers who introduced craft beer to Rotterdam, and Rotterdam to the world.

With our Kaapse recipes we brew non-conformist beers. We choose for bold recipes and love to experiment with different flavors to create contemporary craft beers. In our Brewpub on the Kaap (Fenix ​​Food Factory) you can taste our different beers from draft. At Kaapse Maria, a modern buvette, we go for surprising dishes in combination with craft beer. This is how the world gets to know distinctive flavors from our Rotterdam home base!

The Kaapse Brewpub is part of the Fenix ​​Food Factory: a collection of culinary entrepreneurs with a passion for craft and fair products. Coffee, cheese, beer, and so much more is produced and sold locally. Together we stand for a taste revolution in Rotterdam and we show how strong entrepreneurship can lead to extraordinary results.

Currently the old Fenix Food Factory is closed, but no worries! We are very busy with our move to the new location in Fenix I. Our new bar is scheduled to open medio March 2020!


Tsjomme’s idea to start his own brewery came to him after his time in England. Working in the first Craft Beer Bar in London, The Rake, he found that there was still a lot to learn about beer. He started to brew his own beer at home and decided in 2014 that he wanted go bigger.

“One day I ordered a beer somewhere and I could not order a nice beer (again!) and then someone said to me well then why don’t you start brewing yourself?”

Not much later he met Menno and John, owners of Brouwerij de Molen in Bodegraven, and told them his story. They taught him how to brew with one of their old brewing installations. Kaapse Brouwers was born.

With a number of other entrepreneurs a plan was developed: a food hall where several producers could sell their products. With this plan and a beautiful hangar (the oldest in Europe!) in Katendrecht as a location, Tsjomme moved to the Municipality of Rotterdam. Not much later the Fenix ​​Food Factory was a fact and the first beers could be tapped.

In addition to Katendrecht, Kaapse Brouwers also wanted to share their love for beer and food in the centre of Rotterdam. Tsjomme Zijlstra, together with Geneviève Vachon, who ran the Kaapse Kitchen in Katendrecht, started a search for a good, suitable place, that was found in an old tapas bar called Maria. This bar was known by many Rotterdammers and is also the name giver of Kaapse Maria.

“I have a great love for food and drinks and I think the quality should be really good.”

This beautiful, atmospheric old mansion is all about the combination of beer and food and you can enjoy honest, surprising and creative dishes, while being spoiled with a wide range of craft beer, natural wines and other special products.