Rooie Dop? Rooie Dop!

Rooie Dop is a craft brewery from Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rooie Dop wants to make awesome beer. Flavorful, powerful beer, sometimes experimental. Brewers and craft beer drinkers are passionate about beer and want to have a good time and good beer. And we totally agree on that.

A wharf cellar in Utrecht was found where more experimental beers could be made. In the wharf there were EPIC tasting events called Fab Fridays in the small bar inside the cellar, nicknamed “the brew dungeon”. In March 2015 we moved to Maarssen to build our own brewery.

What do we brew?

We like to brew flavorful, interesting beers. American beer styles, such as a hoppy India pale ale and a full bodied imperial stout, farmhouse ales and sours, are our favorites. However, we like to make what we like the best and that changes all the time. We like to experiment. We dont’ care about style guidelines, we care about flavor.

Also Rooie Dop does a lot of collaboration brews. We’ve already made collaborations with breweries from the Netherlands, United States, England, Denmark and Brazil. It’s fun to develop a recipe together and to learn from each other. And of course having fun with what you like most, brewing, talking about and drinking beer.

But.. who?

Rooie Dop was started by three friends years ago. Nowadays there is only one that calls the shots, Mark Strooker. IBU extremist, also known as The Dude.

Being a craft beer enthusiast for a long time, he finally decided to brew his own beer. A lot of the styles that Mark likes were almost not available in the Netherlands at that time. Styles like intense hoppy india pale ales and massive barrel aged stouts.

After experimenting at several places, including a local squat, Rooie Dop was started in 2010 and brewed commercially since 2012.

Always trying to find the borders of extreme brewing, whether it’s in IBUs or in crazy ingredients. Check his passport: he’s been crossing the borders too many times.

Mark 'the dude' Strooker (photo Angeliek de Jonge)

Mark ‘the dude’ Strooker
(photo Angeliek de Jonge)

Where do we brew?

Since early 2012 the batches of Rooie Dop beer are brewed at various breweries. In our wharf cellar in Utrecht we brewed experimental test brews in small quantities.

Since early 2015 Rooie Dop moved to Maarssen were they’ve teamed up with RUIG brewery. We are working on expanding our brewery. Meanwhile we are also still gypsy brewing and doing lots of collaborations.



By exporting our beers to other countries, we show the rest of the world that craft beer is growing in the Netherlands. And with success: early 2013 Rooie Dop was awarded the title “Best new brewer in the Netherlands” by the international website

Rooie Dop is now exporting to over 30 countries and is one of the better breweries in the Netherlands. 😉

Dutch Small Brewers Association