The current amount of beers brewed in Amsterdam (not to mention elsewhere) can be a bit overwhelming at times. Funky labels staring at you in the bottle store, odd names on the menu confusing you in the beer cafes. What to pick? Will it be worth those four plus euros?
To provide some more clarity in that field yet another ‘challenge’ has been launched by Misset, a Dutch publication that deals with food, drinks and the hospitality industry. Unlike the national Dutch Beer Challenge, Misset differentiates regionally. As such it aims at an expert approved beer menu that offers the best beers from every single Dutch province: De Bierkaart.
Sensibly, Amsterdam was demarcated as a separate region. Nowhere else were as many beers (43) submitted by as many brewers (22). Tough times for the expert panel that had to decide which of these were to be labelled the best of the capital last Saturday.
Little discussion about the number one, however. Allmouth, an Imperial Smoked Porter by Pontus, easily made it to the top of Amsterdams ‘bierkaart’. Offline, a delightful white ale (we love that stuff) by Oedipus, and Brouwerij Troost’s New England IPA had to share second place. Morebeer’s IPA Big Fat Double 5 scored just a few overall points less, followed by Bruut’s Gajes, earlier winner of the aforementioned Dutch Beer Challenge.
The winning Allmouth was credited for its power, firmness and smoky taste. Offline scored a lot of points for its ‘fine balance’, whereas the experts loved the ‘tropical flavours’ of Troost’s N. E. IPA. The latter brewery was the only brewery with two beers making it to the final ten. Something we could say highlights the level of quality all these different Amsterdam breweries have attained over the years. Well done we say and congratulations to all.
We give you the complete list below. Go sample.
- Allmouth (Imperial Smoked Porter) Pontus
- Offline (White Ale) Oedipus Brewing
- N.E.I.P.A (New Engeland IPA) Brouwerij Troost
- Big Fat Double 5 (IPA) Morebeer
- Gajes (Tripel) Bruut
- New England Style (New Engeland Style IPA) De Prael
- Extra Stout Original (Stout) Poesiat & Kater
- Milk Stout (Milk Stout) Brouwerij Troost
- Vuur + Gloed (Winter bock) De 7 Deugden
- I.P.A. (IPA) Brouwerij t IJ