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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250
, 1012 RR
phone: +31 (020) 627 1427
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
I hit Beer Temple on my last of two days in Amsterdam and enjoyed the visit. It was nice to find a place that had that BA vibe of extreme/rarer beers along with numerous Belgian and Dutch beers along with a good assortment of American beers on the menu, too. Nice also to be able to order drafts in small 15ml/5oz tasters as well as larger sizes.
It was a moderately busy Friday afternoon in rainy Amsterdam when I visited. The tap list is quite impressive printed out on the wall in chalk, and everything that I ordered was in stock and as far as I could tell, everything else was in stock, too, that the other patrons ordered. I had a Spanish DIPA, a Left Hand stout, the 3F/Mikeller wheatwine Hvedegoop and Duvel Triple Hop. Prices were a little bit higher than other spots for the non-rare stuff and definitely crept up for rarities (I passed on 99euro Dark Lord), but it's great to see the availability of so many brews.
Atmosphere was quite pleasant. Low background music with a mix of Johnny Cash and alt rock. The bartender was very attentive to quickly getting what you want as you step to the bar to order (signs indicated to please order at the bar, so that's what I did, and it worked just fine). Seemed the clientele was a mix of American beer enthusiasts as well as some Dutch and European folks. A chill vibe that worked well to drink your beer in a rainy afternoon amidst the chaos and debauchery of the rest of Amsterdam.
05-17-2013 19:22:56 |
More by VAcrossr
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Why would an American on tour in Amsterdam want to visit a bar with American-styled beers? I don't know, curiosity? Look, I think it's kind of cool to see some of the beers from my land on the shelves and flowing from the taps on a continent which even recently laughed at what we were drinking. Ironically, drinking American beer wasn't my mission at the Beer Temple. The place was somewhat quiet around eight, but by nine the enthusiastic crowd had grown.
30 different taps, most are American beers (Flying Dog, Rogue, Southern Tier, Founders, Left Hand) and a few European selections (Mikkeller, Hertog Jan). Even more varieties are from the bottle, well over 100 options, with beers from AleSmith, Hoppin Frog, Port, Weyerbacher, Beer Valley, Del Ducato, and 8 Wired. For Europe, this is a very impressive list which I suspect you won't find at many bars. Also keeping with the theme are decorations from American breweries.
Service was very quick and very proficient with American beer. Different pieces of glassware was used and the beer wasn't ice cold, however one bottle I ordered was a few weeks past its "drink by" date (it did taste fine though). The food options are limited to sausage and cheese, so I got both for my dinner (both were fine options).
Yes, do expect to pay a little more for the beer, but keep in mind that it isn't everyday on the continent when you have the chance to try Founders Breakfast Stout from tap. Overall, I'd have to say that the proprietors did their homework and, along with Arendsnest, have a dual-gem in the city.
05-15-2013 03:34:34 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place really is a temple of great beer! Its just around the corner from a fantastic bottle shop. I checked this place out on my first trip to the city. Its perfectly located not to far from Dam square. Walking in the bar is a bit dark, and the beer menu is written on wall. It is extensive! It's huge! Along with all the great European beers you could always want but never tried, BeerTemple also has a great selection of US craft beers and excellent collaborations. The service is fantastic. I say that because when I was in there it was myself, a great BA that I did and in person trade with, another lady, and the bartender who is very knowledgable and friendly. So much so he shared a bottle from behind the counter with me. I am heading back to Amsterdam at the end of March and I will be in this place every day.
This is a temple I will be sure to worship at repeatedly!!
03-04-2013 20:48:55 |
More by BeerHunter76
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
My second stop in Amsterdam, a night after Arendsnest. This is a solid American bar with a good atmosphere, knowledgeable bartenders, and good (albeit expensive) selection. A little under 20 American brews on tap, mostly IPAs and stouts, along with a few European brews, including Mikkeller and Brew Dog.
As at least one other review has stated, their bottle prices are a bit high. The draft prices are a bit high as well, but you'll be hard-pressed to find this kind of selection elsewhere in Europe.
Overall, it's worth a visit, though I suspect I'll be spending more time in Arendsnest trying beers I can't easily get in the US.
05-16-2012 22:30:51 |
More by Heretic42
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I visited this Amsterdam bar on Sunday night (October 23rd 2011) after having a meal in a nearby restaurant. It had been on my list of places to hit on my Amsterdam weekend and was dismayed to find out that it was closing at 10pm and we would only have time for one beer! So I went for a brew from Great Divide; the fantastic oak aged Imperial stout on tap.
They have about 30 taps with many brews from Great Divide, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Mikkeller etc., so not exclusively "American". They also have in the region of 100 bottles on their menu. Prices were acceptable (most of the beers are American imports after all) but the ambience is not that great. Even though it was less than a year old, it seemed a little drab. I also felt that the barman could have made a better effort at clearing away dead glasses from the tables; it was not that the place was busy, in fact it was very quiet.
10-25-2011 14:07:25 |
More by JohnfromDublin
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here while walking around and couldn't believe I was in an American beer bar in Amsterdam.
This place offers a great selection of all American style micro-brews. The atmosphere is very average and provides you with more a feel of a typical American dive bar rather than a foreign feel which some maybe looking for.
The selection would be a grade A in any US town. Locals and non-US traveling beer-lovers will be very excited to have found a place like this.
Prices seemed reasonable, service was fair, and glassware was proper. I didn't have any food.
10-20-2011 01:16:04 |
More by klink40
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: 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 |
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BeerTemple in Amsterdam, Netherlands