De Bierfabriek

De Bierfabriek (the beer factory) is a restaurant and bar in the center of Amsterdam in a random office building on the Rokin. They have a very small menu with only a few salades, three or four main courses and some snacks.

Why you go to a place called the beer factory is, of course, the beer. Even that they don’t have many on the menu, only three. But what’s cool is that they brew those themselves!

Nero, Rosso and Pure

Nero:
A deep brown porter (not black!) with a very smooth profile. Maybe a bit too smooth! Quite some grain flavours with a little bit of that roasted kernels thing going on.

4 stars

Rosso:
An orange-red ale with a light hoppiness in it. A little too unpronounced for me, but a very nice and very drinkable beer anyway.

3 stars

Pure:
A beer they brew to their own recipe at the Alfa brewery in Limburg. This is their regular beer and sold too much to brew in house.

I only tried the Nero and the Rosse, and their very nice, with a good body to them. I think they use quite a bit of malt to get the sweetness they want, without adding too much sugar. It did smell a bit yeasty like my own brews did before they were bottle conditioned.

For dinner I had a grilled spatchcock, which was very good and before that we had some snacks with a few beers. All in all a very good place to go for a quick bite or with a club of friends. This might just happen this summer, as I’m planning to do a brewery tour through Amsterdam (and we’re not going to the Heineken Experience).

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y and beer. I like to listen to loads of music and read an occasional book. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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