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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.

Events for the week of May 10, 2010

Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle: Where the magic happens.

This Thursday marks the opening day of Seattle Beer Week, so events might be a bit Seattlecentric for the next week or two.   For those of you who live in Seattle- awesome for you and for those of you who do not, its time to visit!

Monday, May 10, 2010

FredFest 2010: Portland, Oregon

6:00PM-10:00PM @ Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.

The date of this event recently changed from May 8th to May 10th. Check out our post for more information on the event.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Belgium Beer Fest: Santa Monica, California

4:00PM- 12:00AM @ the Library Ale House

This is just the beginning of a two-week festival featuring, you guessed it, Belgium style beers.  Guests can purchase a logo Chimay glass for $15 and refill it with one of the 8 rotating Belgian handles for only $5 during the entire two weeks of the festival. Each beer will be on for one keg only, so once its gone.. its gone.  This event stars: Goose Island‘s Matilda, Urthel Hop-it, Russian River‘s Consecration and many more.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Great Beers of the Great Lakes: Bronx, New York

7:00PM-9:00PM @ the Bronx Ale House

You know we have an affinity for beers from the Mid-West and now you lucky New Yorkers can drink up and report back. Beers from Founders Brewing Co. and Erie Brewing Co. will be available for your enjoyment. Cheers!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

OPENING DAY FOR SEATTLE BEER WEEK!!: Seattle, Washington

5:00PM @ Hales Ales Pub

Kick it off with visits to Hale’s Brewery for the featured SBW beer on cask, Shultzy’s Sausage for a special imported cask and end the night at Naked City Taphouse for some special Washington beers on tap!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Back in Black Stout Night: Seattle, Washington

3:00PM-3:00AM @ Brouwer’s Cafe

All I can say, is “Thank God this is on a Friday night.” With a line up of rare and wonderful stouts on tap, surely a beer lover will need a day to recover. Brouwer’s Cafe always gets the finest selections for these events, so if you’re a stout fan, this is not to be missed!

Lazy Boy Brewing Night: Seattle, Washington

5:00PM- close @ Naked City Taphouse

Come join Shawn Loring, owner and brewer for a night of special Lazy Boy Brewing beers! Prizes and giveaways will also be in the mix.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tour de Pints: Seattle, Washington

11:00AM @ Pike Brewing Co.

Grab your helmet, check your brakes and jump on your bike.  Today is full of physical activity rewarded with plenty o’ beer. The Seattle Beer Week website states:

The 2010 Seattle Beer Week Tour de Pints, a bike ride with stops at some great beer bars, is now upon us. If you were there last year, we will be following a very similar route. Only one Feat of Strength this year as we hope to keep the group more together. We plan to spend about 30-45 mins at each location.

Route is as follows:

11am – Pike Brewing; Brouwers Cafe; The Dray; Naked City Taphouse; Fiddlers Inn (FOS) or Latona Pub (FOW); Shultzys Sausage; Whiskey Bar and Elysian Fields.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Brett Brunch: Seattle, Washington

11:00AM- 2:00PM @ Hudson Public House

This is my dream brunch:

Brett Brunch!  Four beer, three course brunch featuring the sour beers of Russian River, Cascade, New Belgium, and Jolly Pumpkin paired with Chef Nicole’s special brunch menu.  $30/pp plus tax and tip.

Seattle Beer Week- if only I could take a vacation from work to enjoy all of the amazing events lined up EVERY DAY. Those of you who get to go to an event, please email me at jess@beerblotter.com or leave a comment. I want to live vicariously through you!

Events for Week of February 1, 2010

Toronado: Legendary Beer Bar in San Fransisco

Its the first of the month, its still winter, its still cold. Let beer warm your soul.  Here are your events for the first week of February.

Monday, February 1, 2010

IPAlooza 2010: Willoughby, Ohio

4:30PM- 4:30 AM @ Ballantine

Today marks the first day of 28 days of rare IPAs.  28 IPA will be on tap for the entire month of February. Those who manage to try all 28 by the end of the month will be invited to the “wrap-up party” in March.  Rare IPA’s include: Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, Urthel Hop-it, Founder’s Double Trouble, Stone/Brewdog Bashah, Brooklyn Blast and more.

Lagunitas Beer Dinner: Jacksonville, Florida

6:30PM – 10:30 PM @ Kickbacks Gastropub

8 courses of food and 21, yes 21, beer pairings from Lagunitas Brewery. $49.00 per person plus 20% gratuity and tax will leave you satisfied and a little tipsy (or even drunk).  Some of the tap beers featured include: Cappuccino Stout, 2007, 2008, 2010 Old Gnarleywine and Dogtown Pale Ale. Vintage bottles will also be served during the dinner. Call 904-388-9551 and pay with credit card over the phone or pay with cash upon arrival.

Tuesday, February 2 2010

Beer Appreciation Night-Belgium Winter Warmers: Brea, Caifornia

7:00PM-9:00PM@ BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery

This is going to kick off one of many Beer Appreciation Nights for 2010.  Tonight, the Belgium Winters will include:  Fantome de Noel, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, ‘t Smisje Kerst, Corsendonk Christmas Ale, and any more. Plus,  some of the last of BJ’s Annual Grand Cru will be poured for this tasting!

Founder’s Brewing Co. Tasting: Dayton, Ohio

4:00PM-10:00PM @ South Park Tavern

Come and enjoy all this amazing brewery has to offer.  You can’t go wrong with, Double Trouble IPA, Red’s Rye, Dirty Bastard, and more!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Meet the Brewer- Weyerbacher Brewing Co.: Quakertown, Pennsylvania

7:00PM-9:ooPM @ Spinnerstown Hotel

Enjoy four beers from Weyerbacher Brewing Co. paired with opulent culinary creations prepared by Chef Karl. $40.00 per person. For more details on what beers will be poured, call (215) 536-7242.

Brewdog Tasting: New Haven, Connecticut

7:00PM-8:00PM @ Prime 16

Brewdog is an innovative brewery out Scotland. Brewdog beer will be available both on draft and cask. Expect to see Dogma, Punk, and Hardcore to try and buy. Many more will be rotating throughout the rest of the month.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Meet the Brewer of New Old Lompoc Portland, Oregon

6:00PM-8:00PM @ Belmont Station

Meet New Old Lompoc Brewers Dave “Chowdah” Fleming and Zach Beckwith and get a sneak taste of the Bourbon Barrel aged LSD (LSD was brewed in May of last year then aged in Bourbon barrels for five months and cellared for an additional three. It has a malty body with slight raisin and vanilla flavors), as well as Barrel aged Doppelbock, LSD, Proletariat Red, and C-note IPA. Imperial Coffee Stout will be on draft.

Clipper City Holy Sheet Cask: Leesburg, Virginia

5:00PM- 9:00 PM @ Fireworks Pizza

Come grab some tasty pizza and drink Clipper City’s Abbey Ale on cask. Holy Sheet is only available during February and March, so it is VERY limited!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pliny the Younger Release Day: Santa Rosa, California

11:00 AM – 11:45 PM @ Russian River Brewing Co.

ITS HERE!! ITS HERE!! ITS REALLY REALLY HERE!!!  Pliny the Younger’s 2010 release at RR!  Check out our article about the release details HERE. Get it while it lasts!!

Collaboration Not Litigation Ale- Tapping Party & Vertical Tasting Party: Boulder, Colorado

5:00PM-8:00 PM @ Avery Brewing Co.

Today will mark the release of Batch #4 of Collaboration Not Litigation. Come celebrate the fruitful relationship between Avery Brewing and Russian River Brewing. Rob Rosser will be on hand serving his famous fish tacos at $4.00 a piece.  Be the first to experience this batch and if you do, please email us at beerblotter@gmail.com!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chocolate and Beer Festival: Richmond, California

2:00PM-6:00PM @ The Craneway Pavillion

6 chocolatiers and 6 local breweries will present multiple product samplings with live entertainment and raffle prizes. Advance tickets are $18.00 and $25.00 at the door with $5.00 parking. Click here to purchase tickets.

A Celebration of All Things Coffee, Chocolate and Things Aged in Barrels: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2:00PM-2:00AM @ The Institute

What an amazing combination of items! The Institute’s chef will cook up some spectacular specials including sweet and savory items along with some vegetarian items.  Aged beers will include, Wyerbacher Barrel Aged Heresy, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Allagash Curieux and Bells Java Stout (among others).

Sunday, February 6, 2010

Beer Appreciation 101: San Jose, California

5:00PM-7:00PM @ Wine Affairs

Learning about beer and the different styles will increase your appreciation of the many micro brews around the world.  Expect a general overview of the brewing process and how the basic ingredients used in brewing affect a beer’s flavor. Develop your beer vocabulary while tasting beers that exemplify certain characteristics of each basic ingredient.  Contact Wine Affairs at 408-977-0111 to make your reservation today!

Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Night: San Fransisco, California

6:00PM-2:00AM @ Toronado

Stop by this legendary beer bar for specials on Lost Abbey and Port Brewing beers. There is no charge to partake in this event!  Sounds like a deal to us!

So that’s that. Whats done is done. Oh and GO SAINTS!!!!

As always, if you go to an event, want to go to an event, want to promote an event or discuss a beer you had at an event, leave a comment or email us at beerblotter@gmail.com. Cheers!

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