May 11, 2018
The sister bar of Beer Temple, a shrine to American brews, Proeflokaal Arendsnest which kin of translates as ‘local tasting house’ is similarly reverent when it comes to beer. This hugely populat bar has more than 30 beers on tap, and over 100 on offer all told. All the beers on offer come from Dutch breweries and they also stock Jenever, a gin-like spirit, as well as numerous other Dutch liqueurs. If you’re after Belgian beer you’ll need to look elsewhere. The bar itself is an agreeably old-fashioned space with wood-panelled walls and an abundance of copper pipes and gleaming beer taps. The menus are scrawled on blackboards and there are rusty old signs and benches that are worn smooth with use. This place isn’t hip but it hardly matters. People come for the beer and that’s what they get. The staff are happy to guide you through the long list and make recommendations. Either grab a perch by the bar or a table and start exploring the Dutch micro-brewery scene. Warm yourself with a wintry bock beer or something even more adventurous. There’s a small range of bar snacks available a decent cheese selection, meatballs, and the like and they also offer tasting ‘flights’ of three beers complete with explanatory notes. There’s a small terrace outside for warmer weather, but an indoor seat guarantees more in the way of atmosphere.