My beer summer 2015
My holidays are over and now I have a post-holiday depression. But We have the beer, so the life is not too bad. I’ve spent one week along Belgium and Netherlands visiting the most touristic cities but also looking for something different. I was in 2011, but this time, I was prepared to visit the best craft beer bars and breweries and now, I want to tell you my experience and the beers that I tasted based (sort description, not a long review)
Brussels, the capital of Belgium and also of the Valonia’s Region. Belgium is the best country to taste lambic styles. The Senne River produces the wild yeast for this particular style and only in this region and nowhere else on the face of the Earth.
- À la mort Subite: After two hours walking around Brussels, our first stop was in this bar. One of their specialties is the Geuze. However, was warm, really warm so a Witte Lambic was the best decision that we made. Take care because you can drink it in just one sip! The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is really nice.
- Moeder Lambic: Probably the best beer bar in Brussels with more than 40 taps. Great selection of lambics beers but also, great beers from Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, etc. We visited several times and we could taste interesting beers:
- Gueuze Tilquin: a very solid sour beer
- Cuvée de Ranke: just incredible. Every single day I am more pretty fan of the lambics and sour beers. And this beer is one of the reason.
- Poechenellekelder: An excellent bar in and excellent location (in front of Manneken Pis). This bar reminds me a typical old café with a nice decoration.
- Oude Geuze of 3 Fontainen: probably, one of our favorites Geuze
- Kriek 100% lambic of Cantillon
- Delirium Café: Probably the best one to go at night. One of the bars with more beers in the menu!.
- Oude Lambiek of Oud Beersel: Not my favourite lambic but not too bad at all.
- Brasserie Cantillon: A MUST. If you are a beer lover, you must visit this old brewery. We don’t to say so much about Cantillon now because we are planning to write one entry for this awesome brewery.
Very touristic city and very beautiful! We hadn’t so much time so I can just recommend one bar:
- ‘t Brugs Beertje: several taps with a good bottle menu and also nice quality food typical from the region. Prices are normal and the staff are nice.
- Taras Boulba by Brasserie de la Senne: A normal Pale Ale. If you are looking for something different, I don’t recommend you.
- Pannepot by De Struise Brouwers: Delicious beer and drink this beer is a must when you are in Belgium. We tasted the 2015 edition.
Small city in south of Valonia. In Dinant was located the Leffe’s brewery in a Abby but now is not there any more. We went just to one bar but to be honest, we don’t recommend to go there.
- Caffe Leffe: Several taps just with Leffe and little bottle menu. Very touristic place . Prices are quite expensive and the staff are not very friendly.
- Leffe Royale Cascade IPA: Sorry, but for this is not a real IPA.
Located in the Flemish Regium of Belgium. Is a nice city to visit with a lot of young people. We didn’t spend too much time there so we can just recommend us one bar.
- Waterhuisaan de Bierkant: beside to the canal, this bar have a good selection of beers on tap and also in bottles.
- Gruut Blond byGentse Stadsbrouwerij: local beer from Gent. I’ve not tasted too many Gruit beers but this one was very refreshing. The gruit style is a combination of differents herbs like horehound, yarrow, mugwort and etc…
The last city that we could visit before to depart to Netherlands.
- ‘t Antwaerps Bierhuyske: Great selection of beer bottles with normal prices with friendly staff.
- Den Zwarte Sinjoor by Huisbrouwerij ‘t Pakhuis: Easy drinkable stout. This beer could be a perfect combination with Belgium’s chocolate.
Amsterdam is known for four things: coffee shops, prostitution, bikes and canals. But this city is more just like these things. People are awesome, polite and friendly. It’s a clean city where the main transport is the bike. But also, they have good beers. Probably, one of my favourite destination to live if I have to move from the UK.
- Beer temple: They have excellent beers on tap from US and North of Europe. Probably we miss more local beers but is a good choice if you are looking for an American Styles beers.
- Orange Crush by AmagerBryghus (Denmark) and Cigar City (US): A session IPA to refresh us a little bit.
- Proeflokaal Arendsnest: In a good location, beside to the canal, this bar have excellent Dutch’s beers and the staff are very friendly. We visited this bar the same day of the IPA day so here our list:
- Blink IPA by Brouwerij Pampus: very refreshing and really drinkable after 3 hours walking around Amsterdam
- Double Dutch DIPA by Jopen: I really enjoyed this beer so much. Well balanced with a great a citrus aromas and tasty malt
- Brouwerij ‘t IJ: Not is not “De Molen” but also this brewpub have a mill. Price are good and also they have good snacks like cheese, sausage, etc. Also you can visit the brewery but I hadn’t the oportunity.
- Saison Ij-Pont: quite normal with herbs notes.
- IPA: a very refreshing IPA, very hoppy and not too much bitter. Really well balanced.
One interesting thing about Amsterdam is the glass’s size. I was expecting the typical measure that we have in the UK, US or Spain, but I didn’t find anything like a pint or half pint. Just regular (around 33cl) or smaller (25/22cl). Any Duch reading this blog could explain me that?
This has been my beer summer. And you? What beers did you taste this summer? Are you a beer traveler?