Inky Beer Factoid: November 9

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On this day in 1983, Heineken International’s, Freddy Heineken and his driver were kidnapped, held for 3 weeks, and released after a 35 million guilders (16 million Euros) ransom was met.  This was the largest ransom ever paid for an individual. Eventually, all five kidnappers were caught and Freddy got his justice.

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Grandson of the founder of Heineken, Gerard Adriaan Heineken, Freddy regained family control of the company in 1941 and transformed the company to be a world renowned brand.

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His story will be seen in the up-coming action-thriller film, “The Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken”.  Anthony Hopkins will be playing the beer tycoon and the kidnappers are all amazing choices making this a dynamic cast.  I’m in!

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