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Title: Amsterdam
Post by: alikocho on June 09, 2010, 11:01:35 AM
I'm off to Amsterdam (Netherlands), and was hoping for some tips on where to go to drink/buy beer.  Any advice?
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: uthristy on June 09, 2010, 12:46:49 PM
My standard reply:

Amsterdam--> interactive map: http://www.amsterdamer.supanet.com/
another map --> http://www.coffeeshop.freeuk.com/Map.html
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Beer pubs & stores>

In De Wildeman - Fav (http://www.indewildeman.nl/indexe.html)
Café Gollem - 2nd (http://cafegollem.nl/)
Café Belgique - cozy (http://www.cafe-belgique.nl/)
Café `t Arendsnest - only Dutch beers (http://www.arendsnest.nl/english.php)
De Bierkoning-beer store (http://www.debierkoning.nl/)   
Cracked Kettle-beer store (http://crackedkettle.nl/store/)


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A nice Amsterdam webcam to wave at like a tourist  :D
http://www.terena.org/webcam/
another:
http://www.eyelogue.com/donniecam.html

more maps and webcams   ;D
http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com/


(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t248/Beer_Tour2/th_image125.jpg) (http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t248/Beer_Tour2/?action=view&current=image125.jpg)
(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u167/Beer_Tour/th_beer076.jpg) (http://s168.photobucket.com/albums/u167/Beer_Tour/?action=view&current=beer076.jpg)

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Need a list of the better Coffeeshops? 
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: alikocho on June 10, 2010, 04:09:07 AM
Any further advice on places to go and see would be greatly appreciated. MAny thanks for the above.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: skyler on June 23, 2010, 12:44:51 AM
Check out a neighborhood called de Jordaan near the city center. That neighborhood has some of the coolest beer-centric taverns (or bruin caves) in Europe. Just walk around there and stumble into whatever bar you fancy. Many permit tobacco smoking, too, though it is technically prohibited.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: mikeypedersen on June 23, 2010, 03:34:19 PM
I don't mean to hi-jack a thread.......but I'm going to Germany and Italy for a couple of weeks in August and have a 2.5 hour lay-over (wish it was more like 2.5 days!) in Amsterdam.  Anyone know if there are any good places in the airport there for beer?
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: brewstev on June 23, 2010, 03:39:24 PM
The Heineken Brewery is a fun place to stop and check out. You get three beers, a taster mid-tour, and some wort samples. Plus its not to far away from the other sites and museums,
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: flapjack on June 26, 2010, 12:54:34 AM
I was in Amsterdam back in 2005. I would recommend the Heineken Brewery tour as well, nothing better than having a heineken straight from the brewery. Here's a picture of us at the brewery  with Gary Dell'Abate(Baba Booey) & Sal Governale (Sal the Stockbroker) from the Howard Stern Show.
(http://images1a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp3%3A2%3Enu%3D3266%3E3%3C4%3E4%3A5%3EWSNRCG%3D3235%3A%3A%3A%3B%3B2%3C39nu0mrj)

Also Don't forget to try the pomme frites with mayo & wash it down with a cold brew
(http://images1a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp3%3A2%3Enu%3D3266%3E3%3C4%3E4%3A5%3EWSNRCG%3D3235%3A%3A%3A%3B%3B2%3C37nu0mrj)

I also remember the coffee shop called Dutch Flowers had a pretty good wit on tap, it was a nice laid-back place overlooking a canal
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: abraxas on August 06, 2010, 11:07:31 AM
I've heard there's a (biker?) bar somewhere with beer brewed with "cousin"  ;) I'd love to try if I ever made it over.

(woops got on the Beer Travel and though it was still Unread...didn't mean to bump something old)....
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: euge on August 11, 2010, 07:05:03 AM
I've been there many times but in my younger formative years.

Recently one of my traveling friends told me that they serve beer in tiny glasses and will keep filling them until you place a coaster over the top. He says it's annoying but is offset by the beer prices being cheap.

True? Not sure.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: capozzoli on August 14, 2010, 11:02:26 PM
If you feel like a little train ride, check out Haarlem. Its a really cool little town that has lots of brewing history. It also has a real old park, I think maybe one of the oldest. It is like a medieval  forest.  Loads of fun for hiking.

There is also another great big forest park there. I cant remember the name but in it has a great art museum at its center. It boasts one of the largest collections of Van Gougs in the world. Lots of other good stuff too. They still have the white bicycles there,  or at least did have them when I was there about 7 years ago. You can ride them around the park.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: euge on August 15, 2010, 12:12:49 AM
We would stay in Haarlem alot at Hotel Lion d'or (http://www.hotelliondor.nl/eindex.php). Its more quiet in Haarlem and a short train ride to Amsterdam.

They've remodeled the hotel I believe. Nice place.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: uthristy on December 16, 2010, 03:56:29 PM
Just a heads-up about Amsterdam,> the EU court ruled  in favor of the Dutch goverment banning tourist from the coffeeshops.

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2010/12/eu_court_clears_the_way_for_to.php

Right now its being fast tracked in Maastricht & border towns with plans for the entire country.So if you ever wanted to visit the famous coffeeshops of Amsterdam you better go asap, my Dutch bud`s  all think its just a matter of time now :cry:

Such a shame but it is their country.


.the Netherlands Tourism and Congresses Bureau (NBTC), the decision will have negative effects on foreign tourism in the Netherlands. "And certainly in Amsterdam,"
http://www.nisnews.nl/public/231110_1.htm
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: euge on December 16, 2010, 07:26:40 PM
As I understand it "bad for business" is an anathema to the Dutch psyche. Which this certainly will be to some extent.

Watching this with amusement.

Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: EHall on December 16, 2010, 08:38:38 PM
I was station in Netherlands for 2yrs... best part of my military career! ;D
There are pubs all over the place, all you have to do is start walking and you'll find one... they usually have a really good selection of dutch, belgian and english beers in them...

As for the putting coaster over your glass when you're done... If you go into any pub and order a 'pils', you're going to get that small glass he mentions and if you're sitting at the bar, they will keep filling it for you until you put your coaster over it...if you're at a table they'll come around and ask if you want another round... My buddies and I would go into a pub and order 30 pils... there are no pitchers over there. But they can put about 12-15 of those glasses on one tray then put another tray on top and fill it up then bring it to your table... we'd just sit and BS and drink.. no need to constantly wave down a waiter, just sit back, drink, talk, birdwatch and have a good time! I sure miss that place! And if you've never been to the red light district, you have to go at least walk around. Whether you participate or not its something you have to see.

As far as I remember you could buy beer at the airport but there were no bars there at that time, just in the food court area. and there wasn't anything 'near by' the airport as far as waiting for a layover... but all you have to do is ask a cabbie.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: uthristy on December 16, 2010, 08:50:35 PM
As I understand it "bad for business" is an anathema to the Dutch psyche.

The "winds of change" have been blowing hard for a number of now so I don't see much give on this from Geert Wilders.

Maybe Adrie could give some info from a Dutchman`s point of view.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: adrie on December 17, 2010, 11:52:29 AM
I was station in Netherlands for 2yrs... best part of my military career! ;D
There are pubs all over the place, all you have to do is start walking and you'll find one... they usually have a really good selection of dutch, belgian and english beers in them...

Oh. Maybe you can tell me where I can find English beers? The only beers you can find here are Guinness (Irish) and Murphy's Irish Red (Irish, but brewed by Heineken in Den Bosch (the Netherlands)).

The "winds of change" have been blowing hard for a number of now so I don't see much give on this from Geert Wilders.
Maybe Adrie could give some info from a Dutchman`s point of view.

I could, but I won't because that would be a political discussion. Let's talk about beer here.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: oscarvan on December 22, 2010, 01:52:27 PM
Hoi Adrie.......aangenaam. Hollander, al een paar jaar (28) in Amerika. Waar zit je in Holland?
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: EHall on December 22, 2010, 04:46:17 PM
so yea, the ones you mentioned plus I found some others... sometimes...not on reg basis, but I was all over the country; Amsterdam, Maastrict, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Haag... and those fries with mayo... hated it.
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: adrie on December 23, 2010, 08:51:21 AM
Hoi Adrie.......aangenaam. Hollander, al een paar jaar (28) in Amerika. Waar zit je in Holland?

Ik woon in Zutphen. Mooie stad! Kijk maar eens op mijn website (http://wittepaard.roodetoren.nl).
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: oscarvan on December 23, 2010, 10:16:52 PM
Checked your site....impressive. Tried to leave a message on the blog.... couldn't get that to stick. I'm in Holland once in a while for a day, maybe some time I can make it out to Zutphen.....
Title: Re: Amsterdam
Post by: elauren on March 21, 2011, 08:56:22 AM
Check out a neighborhood called de Jordaan near the city center. That neighborhood has some of the coolest beer-centric taverns (or bruin caves) in Europe. Just walk around there and stumble into whatever bar you fancy. Many permit tobacco smoking, too, though it is technically prohibited.

I was in Amsterdam last summer with a couple of friends and we rented an apartment (http://www.bookamsterdamapartments.com) close to the Jordaan area. I really liked it there, nice pubs and great beer. Should definitely try it out.