After my morning walking tour of Amsterdam conducted by Free Dam Tours (highly recommended by the way) I asked Ralph, the tour guide, to point me towards a good craft beer place, and around 10 or so minutes later I was sitting at the bar of Beer Temple.
Beer Temple is, as the name suggests, a temple devoted to all things beer. And I must say, if you like beer, this is the alter to which you should pray.
For about 90 minutes I was able to have some of the best beers that I think I’ve ever drunk.
I actually started off with a mulled cider, The Dude’s Rug from B. Nektar Meadery .
The Beer Temple website says of this cider
Hard cider with black tea and chai spices (cardamom, clove, cinnamon, and ginger). OK, so you’re a cider, I’m a cider, that’s terrific. But this is not just any cider. This is The Dude’s Rug. For a spiced chai cider, it really chai’d the room together. Amateurs could not pull off the perfect blend of black tea with cardamom, clove, cinnamon and ginger. They’d be out of their element. So, if you want to be an achiever, drink this cider and abide. Nobody messes with the B.
I then had a beer, Northern Farm Eagle, which, while not as impressive as the cider was still decent.
Finally I moved onto what I think is the best beer I have ever tasted, a Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels, which blew myself (and the bartender away). The flavors that this brew contains was absolutely mind blowing! As was the alcohol content – 12.9%. This beer is so smooth and flavorful! An absolute legend of beers.
Food, though, is rather limited. I had a garlic sausage with some bread and biscuits. Not a meal but enough to keep me working.