5 Tips for A Good Amsterdam Beer Bar
Around 1980, the Netherlands had a historically low number of just 19 breweries, but now in Amsterdam alone there are 16 breweries with their own installation and more than two dozen so-called rental brewers, who carry out their recipes with third parties. What are the best Amsterdam beer bars to enjoy these local Dutch craft beers?
In the eighties, Dutch brewers all made a cowardly type of factory beer, write Edo Dijksterhuis and Jan Willem Kaldenbach in their new book Wish You Were Beer – breweries, bars and beer shops in Amsterdam. But the Netherlands has caught up and now has a higher brewery density than Great Britain or even beer country Belgium. The writers tip the five best Amsterdam beer bars – in random order – where you can taste many types of Amsterdam brewery beers
1. Arendsnest in Amsterdam Center
A temple for Dutch beer. The driving force is Peter van der Arend, one of the first certified ‘beerologists’ in our country. The bar is equipped with a record number of 52 taps that only draw home-grown beer. This is the place to taste, study and discover.
Address: Herengracht 90
2. Bret in Amsterdam West
An oasis in the office desert of Sloterdijk. Bret is based in welded sea containers and upholstered with recycled material. Amsterdam beer from Brothers in Law Brewing, Oedipus and Two Chefs Brewing flows from the ten taps. The first techno party was celebrated with a specially brewed Gin & Tonic IPA called Disco Bitch for the occasion.
Address: Orlyplein 76
3. Foeders in Amsterdam South
The most attentive bartender in Amsterdam is also a source of information on beer. Yuri Hegge expertly guides every customer with choice stress through his extensive menu. Foeders – named after a wooden barrel for fermentation – has 42 taps with a range that is always fresh and changes regularly.
Address: Ceintuurbaan 257
4. Tap Zuid in Amsterdam South
If it is brewed in Amsterdam, then Tap Zuid has it. The café with an American-inspired interior also produces De Amsterdamse Leeuw(Lion) in collaboration with Pontus Brewing. It is tapped during its own summer festival, which takes place on its doorstep.
Address: Maasstraat 70
5. Bar Joost in Amsterdam East
The main pub of local brewers who regularly try out their new creations. The beer menu is 100% Amsterdam. During UnTapped Nights, regulars present rare beers for high-level tasting sessions.
Address: Molukkenstraat 33