After around 6 hours on the train travelling from Lyon to Amsterdam with a quick change in Brussels I found myself back in Amsterdam and looking to get into the beer scene again. Last year I had many beers at Cafe Gollem Amstelstraat, which was closeby to my hotel, so I headed there again.
The selection of beers at Gollem is overwhelming. I’d say there are around 30 on tap, and probably several hundred in bottles. It makes it difficult to choose but the staff are great and will steer you towards a great drink.
On my first visit I tried several new beers.
My first was a Dutch malty brew from nearby Haarlem called Rakau Red Panda.
I quickly followed up with a Soma IPA which is a floral and hoppy beer from Scotland.
And lastly for today was the Bacchus Frambozenbier, a Belgian raspberry beer that was fruity and sweet & sour all at the same time.
In my view all beers were good but the best for the day was the Bacchus Frambozenbier.
Later on in my stay I came back and had a couple more beers including probably what was the best beer of my trip which was a St Bernardus Abt 12 is a Belgian quadrupel which was a dark rich beer that was one of my favorites for my entire trip. Absolutely a dream to drink.
My final beer at Gollem for this trip was a local wheatbeer, IJWit. A middle of the road beer that was a little disappointing after the Abt 12.
If you are a beer lover then Cafe Gollem is a must visit.