A tour of the breweries and craft beer bars of Amsterdam

Amsterdam; the city of canals and coffee shops, but is it also a city for craft beer? Well, yes. Before visiting, I was aware of a few of the Netherlands’ most well-known breweries such as Het Uiltje, Jopen and Brouwerij ‘t IJ but I didn’t know just how many brilliant bars we’d find.

We arrived on King’s Day which is the Netherlands’ major bank holiday, so the streets were rammed with people drinking, dancing and generally enjoying themselves. As a result, our first evening was a bit different than the usual experience particularly as many of the bars closed early but it wasn’t this way all through our stay as the next day everything had returned to normal – as if the street drinking and party boats never happened at all.

Here’s a little run-down of all the places we visited during our three-night stay.

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A guide to Manchester’s brew taps

Manchester is home to a growing number of breweries, and more and more are choosing to open their doors to allow punters to drink beer right from the source. If I find myself in Manchester city centre on a Saturday, I generally end up in a brewery. As a regular brew tap visitor, I thought I’d pull together a small guide to what you can expect from each Manchester brewery tap, their locations and their opening hours.

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Traditional v modern: Beer in Berlin

Known across the world as a party city, Berlin is also a great place for beer drinkers – as you’d expect from the capital of Germany. Being a large city, most of the bars are fairly spread out but there are plenty of them to explore. Here’s a look at the craft beer bars and traditional German inns I visited in Berlin.

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The pubs of Lindisfarne

After spending a couple of days exploring the bright lights of Newcastle, we drove onto somewhere completely different – the Holy Island, Lindisfarne.

I’d wanted to visit to see the historic sites so beer wasn’t my highest priority on this leg of our trip, but Lindisfarne does have a couple of pubs – and even a brewery! Here’s a little guide. Continue reading

A weekend in Newcastle

Although I’m fairly well travelled across the North West, the North East is mostly unfamiliar territory to me so for a Christmas present, Ross arranged a weekend for us to explore Newcastle and Northumberland – especially because I kept banging on about wanting to visit Lindisfarne. With Newcastle home to some great breweries, most notably Wylam, there’s plenty of places to check out so here’s a look at the places we visited.

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Exploring Budapest’s beer scene

Budapest: the jewel of the Danube and a city well known for its beautiful architecture and relaxing thermal baths…but does it have good beer? It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, not for a beer jaunt but just to experience the city, but once everything was booked and arranged, I was pleasantly surprised just how many decent craft beer bars there appeared to be in the city. Over the course of four days we managed to visit quite a few of them. Here’s a little look at them.

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Hunting out Oslo’s best craft beer bars

After visiting Bergen and travelling via train across the mountains, we ended up in Oslo. Like Bergen, the beer is expensive but there are considerably more places selling craft beer in Norway’s capital city to check out. We spent four nights in the city in total and managed to work  our way through quite a few of Oslo’s beer bars visiting everywhere from cosy local bars to microbreweries to a well-known Scottish chain, so here’s a guide to some of them.

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