Around Amsterdam in 80 Beers
By Tim Skelton
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Amsterdam, cultural capital of the Netherlands, is a port city cross-crossed by canals and alley ways, its low-rise skyline dotted with town houses and stepped gables. What better way to explore it than by taking in a few beers in its finest cafés? Be our guest as we lead you on the inside track through one of Europe’s most exciting cities.
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Since moving to the Netherlands in 1989, Tim has spent more than 25 years studying the Dutch through the bottom of a beer glass. He doesn’t remember who it was that first weekend who gently prised the pils from his grasp and replaced it with a Duvel, but he is eternally grateful. He is also thankful that his wife Amanda shares his beery passion and was a willing companion throughout months of arduous research. Tim is also author of Beer in the Netherlands (Homewood Press, 2014), the first comprehensive guide to the thriving Dutch beer scene, and of Luxembourg – the Bradt Travel Guide, the only guidebook focusing exclusively on the Lux bit of Benelux. His search for the perfect uitsmijter continues. Stalk him on www.timskelton.eu
If you think beer should be yellow, shiny and familiar, this guide is probably not for you but if you suspect that not all Dutch beer begins with an H and fancy imbibing serious liquid culture in some real temples of great pub design, read on and prepare to be pleasantly amazed.
Beer from the Netherlands is currently claiming a place at the top table of global craft brewing and deservedly so.
Stepping out of the main station amid an ocean of wheelie luggage and striding into the tasteless tack of Damrak – the nadir of European sophistication, with its cheap pizzerias and ‘Two Lips from Amsterdam’ T-shirts – more delicate readers might wonder why they bothered coming. But make it past the tat and a vibrant city awaits, as does a fabulous array of world-class drinking holes…