Local Heart, Global Soul

March 31, 2011

Just Stopping In for a Quick One (to take Home)

Filed under: Beer,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of our last stops on our Amsterdam  adventure last summer was a place that Himself has had his heart set on going to for a while now.

Actually it’s the main reason we bought the car and didn’t take the train here.

It’s a specialist Beer shop called “de bierkoning” (The Beer King).


Noooo,  Himself wasn’t drinking any beer here, but he was selecting some unusual Stout Beers for one of our Beer tasting evenings.

The lighting in the shop (and in some parts lack of it) made it hard to get any photos in focus, but at least you get the idea.

What’s brilliant about this place is the knowledge of the staff and the massive, nay, humongous number of beers on offer. Name a beer producing nation and I’m sure there are some bottles  from there somewhere!

They have Stouts, Lagers and since that’s where my personal beer knowledge ends, many many many more that I’ve never heard of.

Himself drooled  and grinned as he picked out our bottled candidates for upcoming tastings.  His eyes sparkled and his grin got even bigger when I said ” Well, since we are here, and have the car to get them home with, might as well pick out a few more, do this properly…

(Yes, he’s well worth spoiling)  Therefore we returned to the car heavily laden and for Himself, starting the day in Amsterdam with a Guinness and ending it by bringing home some unusual Stouts to try was the icing on the cake of a brilliant day out, weather issues or not.

De Bierkoning  /  Paleisstraat 125   /  1012 ZL Amsterdam   / Tel: 020 6252336

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Wow thats like a wine cellar for beer, I thought Germany have 2500 brands of beer but that shop definitely tops it up.

    Comment by rsmacaalay — April 3, 2011 @ 7:38 am | Reply

    • There are beers here from all around the world.
      Germany (and the rest of Europe) had no problems coming up with enough examples to represent them on these shelves LOL.
      Himself reckons it wouldn’t be an altogether bad place to accidentally locked inside LOL.
      (well not for me, I love the smell of beer but hate the taste)

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 3, 2011 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  2. HI KiwiDutch,
    I stumbled on your blog after googling baking and the Netherlands. But since I also love microbrew beers, particularly stouts, I immediately read this post. I love visiting the bierkoning in Amsterdam. But did you know that there is a Bier winkel here in Den Haag? ABCBeers on Korte Koediefstraat. I stumbled on it last autumn and have been having lots of beer fun since. It is a smaller operation, but local and they also do lots of tastings, outings etc. If Himself loves stouts I highly recommend the Emelisse Russian Imperial Stout, or one of the De Molen Stouts.
    Via facebook I get updates on what some of my favorite brewers are up to, and I know that Emelisse has just started a new batch of the RIS. Good thing, because as far as I know ABCBeers is the only shop in the NL that has some in stock.
    BTW since you are also a baker, the Kleine Brouwerij Collectief is currently doing research on Beer and Dessert pairings. For myself I keep trying to put the beer IN the sweets and baking.

    Comment by Lisa — April 3, 2011 @ 9:26 am | Reply

    • Hi Lisa,
      Yes we know about ABCBeers in Den Haag and I have review of Emelisse Russian Imperial Stout in draft on my computer almost ready for a posting slot 🙂 Himself LOVES it!
      Kleine Brouwerij Collectief’s idea of researching beer in and with food, sounds brilliant (we are on the same page girlfriend LOL)
      Strangely enough, I don’t like drinking beer but cooking with it is fine… so far so good at least 🙂
      Do I take it you are living in Den Haag too?

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 3, 2011 @ 10:37 am | Reply

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