It’s probably one of the most dramatic stories to unfold in the world of beer, and you probably know nothing about it. I’m talking about the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, the heir to the Heineken Beer fortune. The events took place in the autumn of 1983 in Amsterdam, when a group of young men instigated an elaborate plan to extort a ransom equaling about $18.5 million. I won’t tell you how the story ends because I don’t want to give away the ending.
Although this tidbit of history is interesting, I probably wouldn’t ever mention Heineken beer or Freddy Heineken’s name on this blog except that I’ve learned there’s going to be a movie. The scheduled release is March 6th. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken stars Anthony Hopkins as Freddy Heineken. Watch the trailer below.
I learned about the movie on the same day I learned that the modern beer world has recently created its third billionaire: Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada Brewing), who joined fellow the ranks with beer billionaires Jim Koch (Boston Beer Company) and Dick Yuengling (D.G. Yuengling & Son). Just sayin’.