By Scott Roane
Until May, or until the barrels run dry, which given the unusually warm and sunny weather could be sooner rather than later, visitors to Amsterdam’s unique micro brewery, Brouwerij ‘t IJ can sample the special ‘PaasIJ’ brew. The name comes from a combination of the Dutch word for Easter, Paas, and the name of the IJ (pronounced eye) river from which the brewery gets its name.
This reasonably strong, 7% spring beer is perfect for drinking under a blue sky while there’s still a chill in the air. One review described it as ‘having a subtle citrusy aroma which keeps the pallet on its toes, prepping for an initially sweet but crisp taste: complex with hints of coriander and banana. Slightly bitter hoppiness – thanks to certified organic hop flowers sourced from New Zealand – enters the picture, giving the impression of a wheat-IPA hybrid.’
Why not judge it for yourself?! At the same time you can enjoy the friendly crowd that regularly fill the terrace outside this local brewery which is located in in an old bath house in the shadows of an original windmill. The brewery also offers daily tours and tastings on Friday (15.00 and 15.30), Saturday (15.00, 15.30 and 16.00), and Sunday (15.00 and 15.30). Reservations via firstname.lastname@example.org are recommended as they’re very popular.
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