Delirium Café Amsterdam

Right. Yesterday a couple of colleagues and I went on the piss. On a school night. That was not such a good idea, since I was already massively sleep deprived, and last night my body was mostly processing alcohol instead getting actual rest.

Anyway, it was a team outing. We got to spend some non-work time with each other and even though we see each other an average of some 32 hours per week, we still had loads of bullshit to yap about. With the level of roaring laughter we produced it might have been smart to go on a quiet week night after all.

The Delirium Café then. It’s a branded place, owned by some canal tour operator in Amsterdam, but run by people who seem to know their brews. The menu proudly shows some 500 beers in stock, mostly bottled but about 20 on tap or so.

The fair is simple with the choice not ranging wider than a kind of meat with chips (the meat being schnitzel or a burger) and a vegetarian dish. Burgers were had by all. They’re good.

The location of the place is both good and crap. Good because I generally like those off the beaten path places that you have to know about to find. Somehow that reminds me of some of the best bars I’ve been able to visit. On the other hand it would be nice to be somewhat closer to the train station, especially since the main walking route to the station is under some heavy construction and we had to skip some borders between buses and cars to get to where we wanted to be.

The beer menu is what I found a bit of a letdown. Prices for beers are fairly high, which might be acceptable in Amsterdam but I would have expected some beers to be more sensibly priced. Also, and this is my biggest issue with the beer selection, the 500 beers they promote is bullshit. We had five rounds with seven people, and some drank lager. But, where things went wrong is that about half the craft beers we ordered weren’t available.

We didn’t order too rare stuff. Mostly stuff you can get in most beer shops. None of the too fancy beers like Westvleteren or other limited releases. Just regular stuff. And HALF wasn’t there. Apart from the menu being vast, if your beer wasn’t there you had to start finding one to your liking again on it. That takes a lot of time, especially since the categories used were nonsense. Since when is Orval a blond beer?

Anyway, the night was incredible fun. We had a great time with colleagues and some ex-colleagues who decided to show up too. The beer we ended up having were good too. The food was good and the place is nice. What’s to complain, right?


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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