Pop Open A Grolsch To Toast Dutch-American Heritage Day
11 November 2008
Washington, D.C. (Nov. 11, 2008) - You don't have to be Dutch or American to celebrate Dutch-American Heritage Day. This year, adult beer drinkers are being called upon to pop open an ice-cold Grolsch and toast the date November 16, 1776 - the day a Dutch Island in the West Indies became the first to acknowledge and pay tribute to the flag of the newly independent United States.
Royal Grolsch, the Holland-based beer company that has been brewing quality beers for almost 400 years and is famous for its iconic Swingtop bottle, is proud to hoist a cold one in honor of this courageous act. On Nov. 16, 1776, the governor of the island of St. Eustatius ordered his fort's cannons to pay tribute to an arriving American warship, the Andrew Doria. While it was a risky move, it solidified the two countries' friendship in history, which continues today as the United States and the Netherlands work together to foster peace and freedom to the world.
The Dutch salute was the first friendly act upon the new American nation from a foreign power. Only months before, the United States had declared independence from Great Britain.
Dutch-American Heritage Day
Nov. 11, 2008
"We're proud of the more than 8 million Americans of Dutch descent and the contributions they have made to the United States," said Bas Besselink, Grolsch US brand manager. "We believe there's no better way to salute the historical ties and valued friendship of our two countries than by popping open a Grolsch."
Royal Grolsch is a brewery with a rich tradition that goes back to 1615. Grolsch brews beer concentrating on the premium segment of the market. The focal point of Grolsch's commercial activities lies in the Netherlands, Grolsch's historic home market. Grolsch is active internationally in around 70 countries. Important international markets for Grolsch include the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand.
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