Amsterdam: A highlight of my visit to Amsterdam three years ago was ‘tArendsnest, a bar focusing on the best Dutch beers, served in a civilized setting with staff who are both service minded and has the required beer knowledge.
Well, the owner, Peter van der Arend, is not content with this. In September, he is opening de Biertempel, the first American beer bar in Europe. 15 beers on tap, 50 in bottles. Time to pick up your wooden shoes and book a ticket? I see the Beer Nut has done just that. A pity my family has decided the spring break will be in Paris.
Delirium Cafein Brussels seems to be doing well – last year saw an expansion with a new tap room, and they have even opened a Delirium in Tokyo. I have, however, had my doubts about their franchise in Gothenburg, Sweden. I would have thought you’d need a population of a million or two or a large stream of tourists to justify a list with thousands of beers.
Well, it seems like it got too tough, according to Swedish beer blog Ofiltrerat. The premises have been taken over by the people who run the renown Rover, and it will open as Ölrepubliken during September. International beer focus, 30 draught beers and 300-500 bottles.