AMSTERDAM (and area)
Maximiliaan Amsterdams Brouwhuis (Kloveniersburgwal 6) - ear the Nieuwmarkt, opened in August 1992. They brew three or four beers, rom the pale Bethanienbier, Tarwe 68 witbier, Maximator wheat bock beer, nd the Caspers Max (an amber-coloured triple weighing in at 7.5% ABV). nacks in the daytime, food served in the evenings. Open daily at noon ntil 1 AM.
Brouwerij t'IJ Proeflokaal (Funenkade 7) - on the Eastern Dock (Ooster Dok), near where the Singelgracht lets out. name after the cannal "HET IJ" where the Amsterdam harbour is situated. bers are mostly in the abbey-style, but also sometimes including a unique twist on Pilsner, "Plzen." , Winter Beer, IJndjaars bier (The end of the Year beer), Paasbier (Easter Beer) etc. Their normal beers (from 5% up till 9%) are called Struis, Columbus, Natte and Zatte (Dutch names) which you can get in bottles.
From the Centraal Station, facing it, go towards the right on bus 22. Go about 5 stops or so and get off at the windmill. That's t'Ij. Hours used to be 3 to 8 PM, Tues-Sat;
In De Wildemann (Kolksteeg 3, 020/638.23.48) - Great pub in the center, just off the northern part of the Kalverstraat, near the Aknathon. The Wildeman is located between the Nieuwezijds VB en de Nieuwe dijk. De Wildemann also has a non-smoking area. and sometimes serves t'Ij products. 16 well chosen drafts and much more in bottles
Cafe De Gollem (Raamsteeg 4) - It's not run by the same crew that made it famous, but times change. Fortunately, the Gollem still rewards the visitor with a well-chosen list of about 200 beers. It opens at 4 PM daily, shutting at 1 or 2 AM.
Het Laatste Ordeel - Raadhuisstraat 17, behind the Royal Palace - The range from both tap and bottle is vast, comparable to the Gollem Cafe.
Both the Laatste Ordeel and the Gollem are fine examples of the Amsterdam-style of pub, what is called a 'bruine kroegje', or brown cafe.
*** unless we mistook the address this place has closed, but I'd like independent confirmation
Belgique (Gravenstraat 2, Amsterdam (020) 25125-1974) - Handy place for a quick fix of something Belgian, from a wide selection in a small pub. This place has real European cafe attraction, closed Tues. eve, no other hours posted.
De Zotte (Raamstraat 29, near Leidseplein, 020/26.66.45)
There are plenty of other good pubs in Amsterdam. While here, see if you can pick up a copy of Tim Webb's "Good Beer Guide to Belgium and Holland." This is a CAMRA book, packed with useful suggestions.
Great Bottle shops:
- D'Oude Gekroon de Bier en Wijn Winkel (small sign outside says 1001 beers) Huiden Straat 21, 020/623.77.11, Mon 12-6, T-F 10-6 (Th to 9pm), 10-5 Sat, closed Sun.
- De Bierkoning
- "Bert's Bierhuis" in the 2 Hugo de Groot straat.
There is a National beer Museum in Alkmaar, just outside Amsterdam, about 20 minutes by train in the old De Boom brewery premises. Open from beginning of April to end of Sept. Tue - Sat 10-8, tel. 072-113801. Their bar attempts to stock every Dutch beer. The cheese market is quite interesting to watch if you visit on the correct day.
Arcense Bierbrouwerij, Kruisweg 44, Arcen, tel. 04703-2427 Brewery with tap room. courses in beer appreciation, pre-Lenten carnival, weekend beer festival at beginning of July, brewery tent at Arcen Wed. market in summer
De Raaf, Rijksweg 232, Heumen, tel. 080-581177  /140\ - A farmhouse maltings and brewery dating from 1700s. Reportedly this brewery closed in 1994 (can anyone confirm this).
t'Kuipertje - a village schoolhouse in Herwijnen, Gelderland
De Almelose Bistro 't Oude Verjeershius (Almelo) a brewpub
MAASTRICHT (or nearby)
Gulpener Brewery - Gulpen
De Ridder Brewery - Maastricht
Jan Primus (between the city centre and the campus), serves 8 or 9 fresh specials on tap (and a huge amount of bottled beers, but that's not very special)
Het Draeckje, (crawling distance from the centre), good beers and an enormous selection of (Mainly Scottish Malt) whiskies (150 or so)
De Luifel, (near the main post office), limited beer selection on tap (de Koninck, Wit, Pilsner) but enough bottles and a cheap meal every evening.
Oudaen, (Oude Gracht) Expensive bar with a microbrewery in the basement (bit of a yuppie place, but the beer is pretty decent)
King Arthur, (Oude Gracht) an english pub with draugt ales, stout cidre etc. (rather expensive)
Bert's Bierhuis (Beershop, Voorstraat) presently has some 700 brews. Including almost all dutch micros/minis.
Jean d'Hubert is located on hard for me to pronounce street Vleutenseweg, number 228. It is a relatively small (8-10 tables) restaurant, upscale, but homy. The lighting is somewhat dim, tables are set far enough apart and interior is decorated just right.
Other Nice pubs in Utrecht: De Kijker, De Bastaard, Broers, Belgie (approx. 30 beers on draft)
" De Beurs " in Oosterhout http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/Bayou/3528/ E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org 130 beers on the bottle and a least 10 on draft.
OTHER RECOMMENDED TOURIST ATTRACTIONS (thanks to Ton van Opstal): 1) If you like flowers, Find your way to Keukenhof, in Lisse, it is worth it! I'd suggest visit the Floriade, just an hour by train from Amsterdam, excellent connections. It's the once-a-decade world's largest flower exhibition, just stunningly beautiful. Open till October something I think. 2) Madurodam, the toy city, in Den Haag(the Hague), is very enjoyable too. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Note this list is perhaps a little outdated though I've been working on it a little as of 2000. Also see Peter Crombecq's excellent web pages
NETHERLANDS (67-71) /135-142\
't IJ - Natte, Zatte, Struis, Columbus, Plzen
De Friese (Uitwellingerga) - Buorren
De Raaf (Heumen) - Gelderse Witte, No 12, Dubbel, Trippel
St. Christoffel (Roermond) - Pilsener, Christoffel Bier
De Hop Bloem - Triple
De Gans - Bitter, Bock
Alfa Schinnen) - SuperDort
Arcener (Arcen) - Arcener Grand Prestige, Stout, Altforster Altbier, Winterbier
Arcener Tarwe, top ferment beers for Hertog Jan label
Bavaria - Bavaira, Swinkels
Brand (Wijlre) - Pils, Brand Up, Imperator, Sylvester
Budels (Budel, in Brabant) - Alt, Parel, Capucijn
Dommels - Dominator Dommelsch Special, bottom ferment beers for Hertog Jan label
Groslch - Grolsch Pils, Amber
Gulpen (Gulpen) - X-pert, Mestreechs Aajt (a Dutch Lambic), Dortmunder
Heineken - Lager, Van Vollenhoven Stout, Bock, Special Dark, Amstel, 1870
De Kroom - Egelantier, Briljant
De Leeuw (Venlo) - Jubileeuw, Super Leeuw, Venloosch Alt
Lindeboom (Neer) - Pilsener, Bock, Gouverneur
De Ridder (Maastricht) - Maltezer, Wieckse Witte
Schaapskooi Trappist (Berkel Enschot) - La Trappe Dubbel, La Trappe Tripel,
La Trappe Quadrupel , also
Koningshoeven products for Allied /138\
Drie Hoefijzers (Breda) - Klassiek (brewery name means Three Horseshoes)
Oranjeboom (Breda) - Oranjeboom, Skol, Royal Dutch Post Horn
Swinkels (Lieshout) -
Artois (Hengelo) - Henegelo Speciaal, others return to home page