At the beginning of this year, the Netherlands had almost a thousand beer breweries.

This is more than twice the number of five years ago, according to figures from the Chamber of Commerce (KVK).

The breweries are certainly not only Heinekens, but also not all hobbyists.

The Dutch beer brewing landscape is diverse.

There are multinational Heineken, a slightly smaller but equally global player as Grolsch, and companies with a few dozen employees and "serious brewing installations".

"Up to the hobbyist who does it as an extra income", says Raymond van der Laan of Craft, the trade association of independent brewers.

In any case, according to the connoisseur, you should not brew beer to get rich.

"But there is a good living to be made in it."

In volumes, the local brewers range from a few hectoliters to tens of thousands of hectoliters.

Van der Laan: "At Heineken it goes in millions of hectoliters."

With the 983 Dutch breweries covered by the Chamber of Commerce, the top seems as good as reached.

"The growth has leveled off in recent years," says the Craft expert.

Regionally brewed beers are still gaining ground on lager.

"There is a need for more variety. You can also see that in the supermarket, where serious shelf space has been created for regionally brewed beer."

All national supermarket chains now have locally or regionally brewed beers on their shelves.

"That certainly does not have to be from your own region," explains Van der Laan.

About 150 brewers are affiliated with his trade association.

All smaller breweries together account for an estimated market share of 3 to 5 percent of the beer market.

Especially IPA is popular, a very hoppy beer

A locally brewed beer is in any case more expensive than regular lager.

"That's because of the ingredients, especially the other types of malt and hops."

Because that is the big difference with lager, which is becoming less and less popular.

Locally brewed beers vary in taste, color and alcohol percentage.

"From a few to 12 percent."

Especially IPA, India pale ale, is very popular.

"Almost every new brewery has an IPA in its range, a very hoppy beer."

With more than two hundred breweries, the focus of the breweries is clearly in Brabant, according to the KVK figures.

Brabant has eight builders per 100,000 inhabitants.

Looking at places, Amsterdam has the most brewers, followed by Utrecht and The Hague.