Martijn Disseldorp and Sanne Slijper were already operating in the area of taste before they started Two Chefs Brewing. Both working as chefs, in different restaurants, they started, as they describe it themselves “with the desire of completely stocking our homes with home made funky beers”. “Brewing”, one of them told us once, “isn’t all that different from making soup so we figured we could do it”. As with so many other homebrewers their initial hobby proved hard to confine to the boundaries of home. Both left their respective restaurant to focus on the brewing.
Within two years they have created a diverse standard assortment of five beers. There’s an IPA (The Green Bullet); a citrusy, flowery, “funky” pale ale (Funky Falcon); a pilsener – rare thing among Amsterdam’s craft brewers – (Boem Pilsener); an imperial porter (Howling Wolf); and a Russian imperial stout (Dirty Katarina). Still contract brewing in Belgium they focus on firmly establishing themselves in Amsterdam before further expansion. There is an ever increasing chance you’ll spot their stylish bottles in the capital’s specialized beer stores. If you can only pick one of them, make it the Dirty Katarina. Not many of Amsterdam’s brewers do stouts, and this is a good one.