Just off the plane in Amsterdam and Mary and I met up with Aaron and Chuck from The Trappist at the Wildeman Bar. Tried some great de Molen beers. Met Peter from Beer Temple which we will hit later tonight. Who needs sleep? Let’s power on.
Beer Temple is a cool American style beer bar in Amsterdam featuring a number of American craft beers and microbrews. Peter, the owner, also owns a Dutch beer bar known as the Eagle’s Nest. I’ll post on that lovely place soon.
Peter van der Arend’s other beer bar, besides Beer Temple, is The Eagle’s Nest a.k.a. ‘t Arendsnest. This is a really beautiful bar with a terrific atmosphere and nice beer selection.
MKC and I and the Trappist crew headed down to Bodegraven to the de Molen brewery for a tour of their new facilities. It is still a small craft brewery, in spite of it’s growth. The tiny, but densely stocked, bottle room is like a small beer chapel. Mary and I picked up a couple of rare bottles to try at home.
The tanks are named after Star Wars characters and objects.
Here are a sampling of pix from out Amsterdam trip. The three previous posts focus on our beer tasting adventures but the pics here show off the beauty of the city itself. Amsterdam is a great walking city and we will most certainly return and spend some more time there.
After a very short plane trip from Amsterdam, MKC and me and the Trappist crew landed in beautiful Copenhagen. Our first stop after getting settled in our hotel was at Mikkeller Bar. There was a party there celebrating the release of the Three Floyd’s and Mikkeller collaboration brews. The place was packed! Mikkeller beer is probably the most popular small craft beer brewery in Denmark and the massive crowd at the bar conveyed that popularity. Many thanks to Adriana P. for the extra photos!!
There are some great, very old bars in Copenhagen. Charlie’s is a British bar with hand pumped, cask ale. The imperial stouts we had later in the week were off-loaded from a ship that was recreating the North Sea – Baltic Sea beer trade route from London to St. Petersburg, http://www.wix.com/seanor/gba.
Ultimately we were in town for the Ølfestival København 2011 and the debut of Wet Dream! Wet Dream is the collaboration between Evil Twin Brewing in Copenhagen and The Trappist bar in Oakland. I was asked by Aaron Porter to design the beer label and a t-shirt to go along with the beer. Wet Dream is truly a wet dream. A nice and dry brown IPA. A little spicy and full of citrus flavors. The espresso leaves a lovely finish. I’m not sure when the beer will debut at The Trappist. Hopefully soon!
MKC, the Trappist Crew, and I headed out to visit Kronborg Castle. Kronborg (1585) is also known as Hamlet’s Castle. From Wikipedia… “Kronborg is a star fortress situated near the town of Helsingør (immortalized as Elsinore in Shakespeare’s Hamlet) on the extreme northeastern tip of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. In this part, the sound is only 4 km wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a sea fortress at this location commanding one of the few outlets of the Baltic Sea. The castle has for centuries been one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list on November 30, 2000. Along with the fortress Kärnan, Helsingborg on the opposite of Øresund, it controlled the entrance way to the Baltic Sea”.
Just a random sampling of our trip to lovely Copenhagen…