Amsterdam Light Festival

It’s getting dark early, the temperature has dropped – it’s the perfect time of the year to experience the magical Amsterdam Light Festival. We took a quick tour to bring some highlights.

For all the info about the festival, go to http://www.amsterdamlightfestival.com

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Get yourself Konnektid!!

Interested in learning a new skill, have an urge to play the ukele or learn SEO? well maybe Konnektid can help, we went to talk to Michel Visser, founder of the new Amsterdam based skills exchange website to see what it was all about and Nicola learnt to play the piano!! Many thanks to Bektash for being so patient. Check out the film and see what is happening in your neighbourhood.

Take a tour of the Almatuin

It’s not often you discover a hidden gem in Amsterdam but The Almatuin in Amsterdam’s Zuidas is certainly one of those. A community garden surrounded by the office buildings of the Zuidas, it is a green oasis in a busy part of the city. Aveen Colgan gave us the background to the garden, why it is so important to the workers and residents of the area and how it is being threatened with paved over. Watch the film and learn how you too could participate.

Amsterdam through a glass

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So we set ourselves the task of discovering and rating the micro breweries of Amsterdam. Tough, huh?! Well obviously we couldn’t visit everyone so we chose four, from one of the newest to probably the founding father of the craft brewing scene in Amsterdam. We started in the west, at Oedipus. They only just finished their crowdfunding campaign to set up their brew pub, so it wasn’t open to the public however you can find their beers all around Amsterdam in various bars and delicatessens, just look for the beautiful labels. I think it is safe to say that the tasting panel found their beers to be the most interesting to drink, layered as they are with various different aromatics and hops. Of all the beers we drank these were the driest and fairly bitter but with complex flavours. The standout for me was the ThaiThai Triple, a sweetish but spicy beer.

Next up, De Bekeerde Suster. This is located just off the nieuwemarkt, and was a bit of a revelation for me. In an area dominated by tourists looking for coffeeshops and the temptations of the red light district, here is a beautiful old bar, serving beer brewed on the premises. The affable Wesley took us through their selection of beers including the seasonal special spring beer. It was a mixed reaction from us but whilst not getting the complexity of flavours that we had at Oedipus they were nevertheless good beers and the surroundings were definitely worth the trip.

Now, if you have spent anytime in Amsterdam I’m sure you would have heard of the next place we visited, Brouwerij ‘tIj. A landmark on the Amsterdam skyline, the windmill sits above an atmospheric pub. Lining the walls are hundreds of bottles of beer and sitting at the tables a lively crowd of young and old. Watch the film for an explanation of how the brewery was founded and the inspiration behind their labels. As for the beers, you could tell these guys know what they are doing and how to brew a great belgium style beer. Classic for me is the Zatte, their original brew and complex flavours without being overly bitter or sweet.

By this point things were getting a little loose! 3 pubs in, 3 beers in each, you’ll understand why! But we made it to Troost the newest location in Amsterdam. Open only 3 months, the setting is radically different from the others. Whilst it won’t hurt anyone to say that the other three are run by men with a passion and probably beards, Troost is much sleeker. They have their brewery onsite as well though, manned by a passionate guy in overalls just as in the other pubs, but here the restaurant was very much a restaurant and not just an add on. They are very proud of their burgers and have breweed their beers to accompany these, although they are also developing various other varieties such as saison, bok and triple. We weren’t that overwhelmed it has to be said by the location or the beer but we didn’t try the burgers so it might be worth giving them another chance.

What do you think? Did we make the right choice? Watch the film and let us know your favourite microbreweries in Amsterdam, we will definitely be doing this tour again!

Here are the links:

Oedipus Brewery

De Bekeerde Suster

Brouwerij ‘t Ij

Troost

 

Preview

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On tonight’s show:

 

  • Nicola checks out 4 micro breweries in Amsterdam
  • We help to raise awareness of a much misunderstood disease
  • The film this week is ‘The Rover’ starring Guy Pearce
  • and we will give you a taster of what is going on in Amsterdam over the summer

 

Tune in tonight at 6 o’clock on Salto 1, UPC channel 32