Beer specialist De Biertuin (“the beergarden”) recently took its winning formula – a beer bible brimming with local specialty brews and interesting craft options, generous portions of comfort food, a convivial vibe and cheerful service – to a new, central location near Leidseplein. It’s a larger, sexier version of the Eastside original, with a big range of beers.
There are 21 brews on tap, including Punk IPA, Brooklyn Lager, Murphy’s Irish Red, and various seasonal drafts. De Biertuin also boasts “the Netherlands’ only ‘hopinator’, a device that adds fresh ingredients to the beer as it is tapped. Additionally, there are over 130 bottled brews, including interesting options from brewers such as Yeasty Boys, Gebrouwen door Vrouwen and Flying Dog, and collabs with local brewers such as Emelisse.
Lunch options go way beyond the usual broodje, with three types of flammkuchen, traditional Caesar salad, one of the city’s best burgers and spare ribs with bbq sauce and piccalilli. Bar bites run the gamut from goat’s cheese croquettes to shrimp tempura with chili sauce and jalapeno poppers, while the dinner offering includes 12 classics, from De Biertuin’s renowned crisp-skinned rotisserie chicken to bratwurst with sauerkraut, classic Wiener schnitzel and more. Can’t decide? Order the “carnivore platter”, which offers a bit of everything.
With hanging plants, exposed brick walls and industrial lamps, the interior is certainly hip, but not painfully so, and the atmosphere is very inclusive. Check out the Original Freddie Heineken’s Office