Bier drinken bij Amsterdam Centraal

Despite the reputation of the brewery and the famous Belgian “mother cafe”carrying the same name, coupled to a fabulous location with a great view of the IJ river, this isn’t a success yet. The Amsterdam Delirium franchise suffers from serious logistical problems during their first weeks. While they boast a menu with the rather extreme number of 500 beers, no more than about a quarter of the promised selection seems as yet available. More than a 100 beers seems decent but makes for a lot of disappointments when expectations are raised with something like a fourfold. To add to the misery the staff is, understandably, inexperienced and it takes time before your beer (if available) arrives

The terrace breathes the vibe of a beach resort while the interior is an odd mismatch between an old Amsterdam style cafe and an anonymous sportsbar. But it boasts plenty of seats and – this might be the catch here – a little stage. With Amsterdam’s conservatory next door this could, with time, turn into a decent enough place to combine numerous quality beers with live music. Let’s hope the overall performance will improve and they’ll soon be able to live up to the standards of the Belgian flagship.