Things have gone crazy in Amsterdam the last couple of years. New breweries and beer pubs are popping up like mushrooms after rain. I'm struggling to keep up.
Some of the boom is down to existing operations expanding. Like Gollem, who now have four pubs dotted around the city. Saturday I finally got my arse into gear and visited the newest location, on the Amstelstraat between Rembrandtsplein and Waterlooplein. I'm not a huge fan of Rembrandtsplein too much crap music and too many drunks. Amstelstraat used to be a bit rundown, with tourist bars and coffeeshops. It looks like it's on the way up. It amazes me just how quickly Amsterdam is changing at the moment.
From the outside, it looks a decent size with its double frontage. But inside it seems smaller. And very clean and modern, with some fairly bright colours. Nothing wrong with that. I’m sure that’s what youngsters expect nowadays.
The beer selection is an interesting one and tells us much about the state of beer in the Netherlands. Sure there’s American beer, IPA and beers from new local breweries like Oedipus and Butcher’s Tears. But it isn’t full-on craft, as London Pride and St. Bernardus Abt on draught betray.
On the bottled side, there are some eye-wateringly expensive large format bottles. But most are American so there’s no way I’d buy them over here. One of my rules: I don’t buy American beer in Europe. You’ve no idea what state it’s going to be in. And I get to the US often enough to get my grapefruit fix.
Being honest, I quite like that it hasn’t got both feet in the craft boat. Makes it easier to persuade Dolores to go there. She’s not a huge fan of fruit-bowl Ales, preferring Belgian or British beers.
All in all, a decent addition to Amsterdam’s beer scene.
Café Gollem Amstelstraat
1017 DA Amsterdam.
Mon-Thur: 14.00 - 01.00
Fri-Sat: 12.00 - 03.00
Sun 12.00 - 01.00
30 draught, 100 bottled