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52 Weeks: ‘t Arendsnest

Translation: The Eagle's Nest

Week 16 of 52

‘t Arendsnest

Herengracht 90
1015BS Amsterdam
(020) 421 20 57

Rating: 4.5/5

Dutch Beer Bar

BEERS ON TAP (at time of visit) —>

BOTTLE: We didn’t take note of everything, but the list was vast and had a large number of De Molen offerings.

FOOD OPTIONS: No food.

BAR OPINION:  In the months preceding the Beer Blotter Euro-trip, a lot of research was done.  A lot.  I’m sure this doesn’t come as a surprise.  Anyone about to embark on a journey to a far off land would do the same.  What did we research?  Well, we have been very vocal about our priorities on this trip, so I will only rehash them briefly…beer, food, art/culture…well that’s about all that really matters right?

On tap at 't Erendsnest

The Amsterdam portion of our trip was at the very end.  By the time we had reached the ‘Dam we had already hit Antwerp, Brugge, Gent, Brussels, various locations in West Flanders, Esquelbecq (France, Brasserie Thierez), Dusseldorf, Leverkusen (Germany, Bayer Leverkusen soccer match), Cologne, Paris, Bodegraven (Netherlands, Brouwerij De Molen), and many places in between.  Moral of the story…by the time we got to the ‘Dam we were nearly spent, and believe me, it pained us severely.  We had all been really excited about Amsterdam, especially since we had chosen ahead of time to forgo any cultural aspects that she may offer.  Not that they weren’t worthy, but the ‘Dam seemed like a place for extreme partying, and that is what we planned to do there (I guess that in itself is a part of the culture, but you know what I mean).

I repeat, “planned”.  Planned way in advance, without thought of how we would feel after staying up late every night drinking and waking up early every morning to exercise and get a start on the new day’s travels.  Bottom line, our trip was grueling.  It had to be.  There was no way around it.  One’s opportunity to travel to Europe is very limited, thus one must pack many things in.  I doubt this truly needs explaining.  In a nutshell, I…we need to go back.  I get teary-eyed just thinking about the prospect of returning.  Our experiences have taught us many things, and would surely yield much in a second journey, especially in Amsterdam, where I feel we failed to completely engross ourselves in what it offered.

Never-the-less, there was not a single beer related establishment that I had on my “must visit” list that we missed.  How was this list conjured?  You will surely not be surprised to hear that ratebeer had a hand, as well as the great Amsterdam Top Ten site.  Number 1 on all of our lists?  You guessed it, ‘t Arendsnest!  Why?  Check out the description on the Amsterdam Top Ten site:

One of the very few bars that [s]erve only beer from Dutch breweries. 350 different beers, not counting approximately 250 seasonal beers such as Bokbier, brewed by more than 50 breweries in different parts of the Netherlands. The owner is very knowledgeable and together with his enthusiastic staff is more than happy to provide his customers with information and recommendations.

We knew that this place would provide us with an ample selection of beers that we had never heard of and could never get in America.  A true Dutch experience to say the least, just what we were after.

Just prior to arriving in Amsterdam we stopped for dinner at De Molen.  This was after a very long drive from Paris, so not only was it late but we were tired, full, and a little buzzed.  We decided that we would keep this first night a bit low key, which meant a trip to the number one on the list (which luckily was just a few blocks from our hotel) and a trip to one of the other non-beer related things that you have to do in Amsterdam: a weed cafe.  You know…because it’s legal there.

Anyway, we write about beer so we will concentrate on that vice.  After sifting through the rainy evening air, along gorgeous shop lined alley-ways and down streets that flank the many canals that bisect the city, we came to stand before ‘t Arendsnest.  Finally, we had arrived.  Once entering, any and all stresses were lifted from our shoulders.  Not only was it dry, warm and bright inside, but it was invitingly cozy and bustling with the soothing din of the local clientele.  The lighting, the design, the decor, all aspects of The Eagles Nest fit in just right with what we needed at that moment.

As you can see from the draught list above, our hopes of finding “strange” Dutch brews were realized here, just as we had hoped.  Other than the only Dutch Trappist brewery La Trappe (Koningshoeven), Urthel, and the De Molen/Mikkeller collaboration brew Mikkel & Menno that we had discovered just prior to arriving, everything on the list was foreign to us.  Though the bartender, like almost everyone in Amsterdam, spoke near perfect English, the place was pretty packed so we didn’t have much time to inquire about many of them.  We ordered mostly blind (remember, the use of American iphones is pretty much negated in Europe).  This is probably for the better.  Sometimes going blind, being spontaneous, is more fun.

How do you say "ambiance" in Dutch?

The Jopen Hoppen and Extra Stout were both procured.  A quick word on the Hoppen – almost any time the word “hop” is alluded to in Europe, Americans need to proceed with an open mind (Alvinne is a clear exception).  Something what may be considered extremely hoppy in Europe would be considered a weak pale ale at best to us.  The Hoppen fit that mold.  The Extra Stout on the other hand was really thick and delicious and would stand up against any American stout.

The Hertog Jan Grand Prestige, a big 10% ale was sampled, along with the  Jubel Joop III Tripel, also made by Jopen.  One of the favorites of the night was the Emelisse Espresso Stout which had a huge mocha colored head with massive bubbles.  Oh I wish I could indulge in one right now!  A few De Molen bottles were enjoyed as well such as t ‘Ooievaartje – a fruit lambic and, quite possibly the gem of our visit – Bloed, Zweet & Tranen, or Blood, Sweat & Tears.  B, Z & T is a dark concoction that uses smoked malts and minimal hops.  It can, quite deservedly, be found in the Netherlands top 50 beers on ratebeer.com.

In conclusion, ‘t Arendsnest was a must visit for Beer Blotter in Amsterdam, and should be a must visit for all beer lovers.

Beer Events: Week of February 22, 2010

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

HopCat in Grand Rapids MI- Check out the beer dinner this Sunday!

Its Sunday night and to be honest, the creative juices aren’t flowing. So, enjoy the week ahead check out our posts on http://www.beerblotter.com and keep reading for events around the US!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Its Firkin Delicious!: Ellicott Bay, Maryland

6:00PM-9:00PM @ T’Bonz Grille and Pub

Firkin Monday with Clipper City Brewery featuring their first Chocolate beer ! Meet the brewery and keep your pint glass!  BONUS!

Tomme Arthur Meet and Greet: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6:00PM-8:00PM @ Memphis TapRoom

Port Brewing and Lost Abbey brewer Tomme Arthur will be at the Memphis TapRoom to char about his world class beer.  The draft lineup will include Mongo Double IPA, Older Viscosity, Hop 15, Wipeout IPA, Gift of the Magi (’08) and Carnivale in addition to some super limited edition surprises. Take Note—> bald folks with glasses get an additional $1 off Port Brewing and Lost Abbey drafts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Alaskan Smoked Porter Vertical Tasting: Portland, Oregon

4:00PM- 12:00AM @ Bailey’s Tap Room

Taste the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co. side-by-side. $8 for a tray of all four.

Southern Tier Brewery Night: Brooklyn, New York

6:00PM-10:00PM @ Bar Great Harry

We will let the list from Southern Tier Brewing Co. speak for itself. Choklat Imperial Stout; Unearthly Imperial IPA; Oak-aged Unearthly Imperial IPA; Gemini Double IPA; Oat Imperial Oatmeal Stout; Iniquity Imperial Black Ale; Hop Sun Summer Wheat Beer. Choklat on tap taste like straight chocolate syrup. SO GOOD.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bottleworks Anniversary Ale Release Party: Seattle, Washington

11:00AM- 8:00PM @ Bottleworks

Come celebrate and drink Bottleworks’ 11th Anniversary Ale brewed in collaboration with Big Sky Brewing Co. Check out the video of the blending process here!

Brewers Night with Fremont Brewing: Bellingham, Washington

6:00PM-9:00PM @ Green Frog Cafe

We want to give some love to our local Seattle brewery, Fremont Brewing Co. who is bringing their tasty beers (Universale Pale Ale will most likely be there) and their brewing tales to Green Frog Cafe.

Belgium Dinner Night: La Jolle, California

6:30PM-8:30PM @ The Grill At The Lodge At Torrey Pines

Classic Belgian Ales paired with a four-course menu of Belgian inspired cuisine served family-style at communal tables served with the following featured beers: Brasserie Lefebvre Blanche De Bruxelles; Brouwerij De Proef Signature Ale (Port Brewing Collaboration); Brouwerij Verhaeghe Echte Kreikenbier; Gouden Carolus Tripel.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Victory Brewing Co. Tasting: Ithica, New York

4:00PM-6:00PM @ Ithaca Coffee Company at Gateway Commons

Come out to sample on tap from Victory Brewing Co., Harvest Pils, fresh hop pilsner using hops from the Finger Lakes region and St Victorious, our excellent Doppelbock. We will also be drinking Golden Monkey, Storm King and Yakima Twilight bottles.  Brewers Sean and Pete will be there to answer questions and talk about beer.

Avery Beer Dinner with The Bruery: Boulder, Colorado

5:30PM-8:00PM @ Pizzeria Basta

Join Adam Avery of Avery Brewing and Jonas Nemura of The Bruery at Boulder’s newest brick-oven pizza joint. Five courses will be paired with two beers per course. What a deal! Call Pizzeria Basta at 303-997-8775 for reservations and more information.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Barleywine Bacchanal: Seattle, Washington

Time TBA @ Beveridge Place Pub

Starting today until March 6, 2010, Beveridge Place Pub will feature 50 rotating barleywines on draught from the West Coast’s best breweries including many new releases as well as vintages from the cellar! 24 dedicated Barleywine Taps throughout the Fest! Look for upcoming information regarding special tasting events during the Bacchanal.  This is an event not to be missed! Beveridge Place Pub DOES NOT serve food, but encourages patrons to bring outside food if they are hungry!

Dogfish Head Tasting: St. Augustine, Florida

6:00PM-9:00PM @ J.P. Henley’s Beers & Wines Of The World

What to expect from Dogfish Head? 60, 90, 120 Minute IPAs and Burton Baton on tap (Try a flight).  Also they’ll have bottles of: 2007 Burton Baton, Pangea, Old School, Black and Blue, and Immort Ale with food pairing special and glass giveaways with purchase.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

First Annual Boulder Sour Fest: Boulder, Colorado

12:30PM-5:30PM @ Avery Brewing Company

Featuring 30 to 35 of the best sour ales, wild ales and brett beers from across the country (and a few from Europe too!). Max 400 tickets available at $35 each!

The Trappist Beers: New York, New York

1:00PM-8:00PM @ Swift Hibernian Lounge

A comprehensive tasting of all available Trappist ales (beer brewed by monks) including: Chimay; Orval; Westmalle’s Dubbel and Tripel; Rochefort’s  6, 8 and 10; Achel’s Brune and Blonde; La Trappe; Koningshoeven Quadrupel; La Trappe Isid’or and a Vertical Tasting of Chimay Grande Reserve.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Flying Dog Beer Dinner: Newark, Delware

6:00PM-8:00PM @ Caffe Gelato

Come taste Double Dog I.P.A. and Gonzo Imperial Porter among others from Flying Dog Brewery paried with dishes such as Barbecue glazed pork belly, braised escarole, poblano corn bread and Pan roasted lamb loin, marjoram infused toasted barley risotto and duck fat fried spinach. Cant wait for Sunday!

Michigan Breweries Beer Dinner: Grand Rapids, Michigan

6:00PM-8:00PM  @ HopCat

We will be pairing 4 carefully selected Michigan drafts and pair them up with 4 courses.

1st course: Bells Brewing Co.’s Consecrator with a fine cheese and meat plate/2nd course: Jolly Pumpkin’s Bam Noir with sweet potato, goat cheese fritters with truffel oil aioli/3rd course: Shorts Brewing Co. Pistachio Cream Ale with a pistachio encrusted whitefish with wild rice cakes and sambuca cream/4th course: Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.’s Winter Wonder with a wild berry sorbet with candied fruit.  WOW! Seats are limited and are only $35/person so sign up today. Hope to see you there.

Beer Blotter has a big weekend coming up with Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub. We plan on having a what to drink guide up on beerblotter.com later this week, so check back and hope to see you there!  As always, if you have an event you want us to post, want us to try a beer, want to get a beer, then leave a comment or email us at beerblotter@gmail.com!  Cheers!

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