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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250
, 1012 RR
phone: +31 20 627 1427
(Place added by: jesperm on 12-22-2009)
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| Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Why would an American on tour in Amsterdam want to visit a bar with American-styled beers? I don't know, curiosity? Look, I think it's kind of cool to see some of the beers from my land on the shelves and flowing from the taps on a continent which even recently laughed at what we were drinking. Ironically, drinking American beer wasn't my mission at the Beer Temple. The place was somewhat quiet around eight, but by nine the enthusiastic crowd had grown.
30 different taps, most are American beers (Flying Dog, Rogue, Southern Tier, Founders, Left Hand) and a few European selections (Mikkeller, Hertog Jan). Even more varieties are from the bottle, well over 100 options, with beers from AleSmith, Hoppin Frog, Port, Weyerbacher, Beer Valley, Del Ducato, and 8 Wired. For Europe, this is a very impressive list which I suspect you won't find at many bars. Also keeping with the theme are decorations from American breweries.
Service was very quick and very proficient with American beer. Different pieces of glassware was used and the beer wasn't ice cold, however one bottle I ordered was a few weeks past its "drink by" date (it did taste fine though). The food options are limited to sausage and cheese, so I got both for my dinner (both were fine options).
Yes, do expect to pay a little more for the beer, but keep in mind that it isn't everyday on the continent when you have the chance to try Founders Breakfast Stout from tap. Overall, I'd have to say that the proprietors did their homework and, along with Arendsnest, have a dual-gem in the city.
05-15-2013 03:34:34 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Oh BeerTemple - an american beer bar brought to you by the brains behind 't Arendsnest
Curiosity drew me here - i'm always interested to see how far American beer travels and what Europeans are enjoying. I knew this place was legit, but I wasn't quite prepared for what I was about to experience...
Scanning through the taplist board was interesting - lots of interesting things, standard offerings you see in Europe a lot (flying dog...) and some really off-the-f*cking wall stuff. Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock?!?!? What? How is that even possible? Is this ever even on tap in the US? Sure, I'll take one. Wait, no, I'll take 5. Actually, just give me the f*cking keg.
They also had the Kuhnhenn DRIPA which is no slouch, and a nice wild stout from Jester King. The bottle list aint cheap, but if you want a Dark Lord, it's all yours.
Fascinating stuff. For an american beer bar in Amsterdam, I'd say the selection was perfect.
The eisbock was so good, we came back the next day and killed the keg.
Abraxxas across the street - just sayin...
08-31-2013 01:30:34 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
BeerTemple is an American Craft beer bar with the same owners as Proeflokaal Arendsnest. It has a really great vibe. These people know American Craft beer. They had offerings from Green Flash, Three Floyds, Hoppin' Frog, and many more. We brought a few beers from the Midwest to share and add to their collection. If you're visiting Amsterdam, you MUST go here.
11-25-2013 03:16:11 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I visited this Amsterdam bar on Sunday night (October 23rd 2011) after having a meal in a nearby restaurant. It had been on my list of places to hit on my Amsterdam weekend and was dismayed to find out that it was closing at 10pm and we would only have time for one beer! So I went for a brew from Great Divide; the fantastic oak aged Imperial stout on tap.
They have about 30 taps with many brews from Great Divide, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Mikkeller etc., so not exclusively "American". They also have in the region of 100 bottles on their menu. Prices were acceptable (most of the beers are American imports after all) but the ambience is not that great. Even though it was less than a year old, it seemed a little drab. I also felt that the barman could have made a better effort at clearing away dead glasses from the tables; it was not that the place was busy, in fact it was very quiet.
10-25-2011 14:07:25 |
More by JohnfromDublin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I looked up a number of places before visiting Amsterdam because I wanted to find the best beer bars in town. This place wasn't on any list and we literally passed it on our way to somewhere else and stopped in. It has an unbelievable beer list but it is primarily american beers. Although it was quite impressive I go to american craft beer bars all the time. I
One great thing about it, however, was that there were american brands that you might not be able to get locally.
Also, it's not totally American. They carry a number of European brewers who brew beer in the American style, such as Brew Dog and Mikkeller.
Atmosphere was very dark, much like a tavern. I"m not sure if they have food, we didn't eat while there.
Overall, a definite must for a stop by but there are a couple of others that are also not to missed. My favorite was Cafe In de Wildeman
05-03-2011 19:50:06 |
More by david18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The place to be for American beer in Amsterdam.
Approx. 20 kegs and some 100 bottles. Mostly American imports, and then some Danish and Belgian craft beers. The US beers are imported by the bar and probably among the freshest available in Europe.
Some of the beers on tap when I visited last week: Rogue IPA, 2x Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0, Mikkeller K:rlek Höst/vinter 2012, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Rogue Yellow Snow, The Kernel India Export Porter, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Sly Fox Phoenix, To Øl Ovr-all, Leffe Blonde.
The staff is friendly and and speaks excellent English. The got good knowledge of the beers and breweries. The selection of snacks are of high quality: Craft sausages ans cheese and boiled eggs from their hen at the backyard. The background music is set at low volume. At times, they show sport events but that is ignorable if you sit at the bar.
The quite small pub got a long bar and some tables at the back and at the window. A small patio on the side-walk is set up during summertime.
There is a list of sour and vintage beers, but you have to ask for it at the bar.
04-03-2013 18:15:03 |
More by bark
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Found this place on a day trip to Amsterdam. The beer selection was incredible when I went. I don't remember exactly what I ordered, but I do remember it was an American craft beer that I hadn't had or seen before. I also remember they had Westvleteren bottles available but I didn't get any.
The bartender when I went was very passionate and knowledgable about beer. After being in Germany a few months it was refreshing to be able to talk beer with someone that had the same enthusiasm as I did but with a new perspective. This place definitely respects American craft beer and is worth a visit.
11-30-2013 21:10:48 |
More by jeffthecheff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
the first american beer bar in europe,at least that is what they say in the bar. The ambiance is nice, bit 70s decoration. Not crowded when i was there (sunday afternoon). Service was very friendly, although had the feeling i knew more what he was selling than he did. List of beers is decent, as expected mainly american ipa and ris beers. Also small selection of european beers like mikkeller and brewdog. Bottle prices are too high (more than 20 euro for lost abbey angeld share 37cl), price of draft beers is ok, 4 euro for 25 cl. Nice place
07-03-2011 14:09:43 |
More by rvdoorn
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great find in Amsterdam! Centrally located in the city centre, just a few minutes walk from just about everything, this place not only has a terrific selection of craft American beers on tap and in bottles, it has a great staff!
I wandered in on a Saturday afternoon, and although half-filled with patrons enjoying their brews, I was caught somewhat off-guard by the hospitality I encountered by the bar staff. The guy behind the bar immediately asked what I was interested in and offered a wide range of suggestions... narrowing his suggestions as the afternoon dwindled, remembering my tastes and likes. He seemed genuinely interested in serving me the absolute best they had! That totally made this place stand out as a truly great experience. Thanks Beer Temple!
06-26-2011 09:34:42 |
More by janedoe
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The last time I had visited Amsterdam there was talk about this bar opening soon, which it did right after we returned home to the States, so I was determined on this last trip (October 2010) to search it out and see what it had to offer.
The atmosphere and vibe is alright, but really lacks a lot of the charm, character and overall ambiance of Peter van der Arend's (owner of BeerTemple) other bar - 't Arendsnest. It's a bit sterile in my opinion.
The quality of this establishment is topnotch however, as is the service and selection. The barkeep was very knowledgeable on both American and European beers and guided me in the right direction every night (a ton of taps and refrigerated bottles ranging from California IPA's to rare Belgian Wild Ales). They had an amazing variety of Brew Dog on tap, which is what brought me back each night - all I have to say is Punk IPA!!!
They have a limited variety of cold and hot bar food that they heat up in a microwave behind the bar. We didn't get any hot food, but got their mixed nuts and Chimay Trappist cheese plate with crackers and were very pleased with both.
11-16-2010 18:42:22 |
More by DeanMoriarty
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