150 years Die Port van Cleve The Discovery Magnificent that you’re here! If this document reaches you, it gives us the opportunity to tell you that we have a very special story to share with you in the text below. Allow us to take five minutes of your time, because it’s definitely worth reading it. Why? Well what you probably didn't know is that ‘Hotel Die Port van Cleve’ has an astonishing rich history. It’s a place full of amazing old stories, where ‘Die Port van Cleve’ was established on September 5, 1870, which is not by far the beginning. In other words, we are celebrating our 150th anniversary this year and would like to congratulate you as well, for the remarkable good choice for this narrative gem as a residence for your time in Amsterdam. As mentioned, ‘Die Port van Cleve’ has been founded in the year 1870, but the story takes us much further back in time, to the year 1592. After the death of her husband, widow Weyntgen Elberts successfully proceeds her husband's malt company elsewhere in Amsterdam, after which she decides to take it to the next level. One day she buys a piece of land with a house and a shed, right here on this very location, at the ‘Nieuwzijds Voorburgwal’. Take a look around and realize yourself, this location is beyond special. The shed on the plot would then be used by Mrs. Elberts to start a beer brewery, which she named ‘De Hooiberg’. Under the guidance of Mrs. Elberts and later her daughter Giert Jansdr, the brewery was experiencing enormous growth, that is accompanied by several expansions of the brewery complex. For these enhancements, a number of adjoined buildings are purchased, including in the year 1627 a house called ‘Huis te Cleef’. In the following years brewery ‘De Hooiberg’ was managed by either the capable or inadequate hands of a multitude of brewers and entrepreneurs, who sold ‘Hooiberg beer’ with varying success. Although brewery ‘De Hooiberg’ played a major role in the Amsterdam beer landscape for a long time, it had slipped into a questionable position around 1864. However, when things didn’t look too well anymore, the brewery was bought by none other than Gerard Ardiaan Heineken, who, as you might know, would conquer the world with his beer.