WoW! I was at the In de Wildeman in Asmterdam, Netherlands last week! When I walked in this old bar I felt honored and told my buddy Ryan and friend Liz that they should feel honored being in this bar too. Dude, it was like a christian entering a cathederal!
Anthony Bourdain visited this bar on his travel show The Layover recently. I wanted to come to this bar after I saw his show on Amsterdam. From all I hear this is an old distillery over 100 years old and a very famous bar all over Europe. This bar has over 200 choices of beer and over 17 on tap. Most from Europe. But it does have a small selection of American beers specifically from the following breweries: Anchor, Anderson Valley, Flying Dog, Great Divide and Left Hand. They even have some Dark Rum from Oregon’s own Rogue Brewery. The atmosphere was super chill and the bar was small to medium
sized but very cozy. We sat in a back table and from where I was at, I had an almost 100% view of the bar. Unlike the rest of the city this bar was not filled with tourist and one did not hear multiple languages going at once. The bar was mostly filled with locals with a median age of about 50 and they were speaking in Dutch probably telling stories about their first wooden shoes.
The bartenders were knowledgeable and helpful. The bar was so packed it did take a few minutes to get your beer. No worries! The bartenders once you ordered, if you went to the bar, had you go back to your seat and they’d bring the cold one(s) to you with a smile. Super!
Being a hop-head I immediately asked for their on-tap IPA the Farmhouse IPA (7.5 ABV, 75 IBU) which is not made in Europe but comes from the Flying Dog brewery in Maryland. They brewed this IPA specifically for the 25th anniversary of the In de Wildeman. After that beer I had three IPAs (bottled) from Emelisse Brewery in the northern province of the Netherlands called Zeeland. The three were a Dark IPA (8% ABV, ), Triple IPA (10% ABV,) and a Double IPA (6.2%, ). Finally my tipsy arse completed the Wildeman tasting with the Belgian beer De Koninck.
On a quick side note Heineken is king in Amsterdam, it was founded there and is sold everywhere. Most souvenir shops and side markets sell them for about 1.80 or so euros. They’re cheap and when I was walking around the city I may or may not have consumed some cheap beer as I took in the architecture of the 400 year old canal houses. So with that said when I arrived at In de Wildewan I had a decent buzz going. And being that I tasted strong beers by the time we left … lets just say we got a taxi which was way more easy for me than using my bi-pedal-mobile.
Now to the descriptions of the beers from which most comes from my coaster notes. All had that Low Countries Triple type finish which to me is similar to the aftertaste of a triple. I am not sure what gives it that taste (sorry) but the best way I describe it (which is probably horribly incorrect) is a taste similar to a “rubbery” taste. The Farmhouse also smelled like that too. It appeared to be a lighter color than most American IPAs but it still had a respectable color.
The next three came at the same time: The IPAs from Emelisse Brewery.
When I asked the bartenders about the beers’ IBUs because I could only find their ABVs he stated that he’s not really interested in the IBU number but only if its “high” or not. Well said. I wonder if that is the norm amongst the Europeans. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go to this bar more than once during my short European trip. Just like there’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam there is so much see, taste, smell and admire at In de Wildeman. I think that it goes without saying if your ever in Amsterdam this bar is a must to go tasting. Proost!!*
In de Wildeman
1012 PT Binnenstad
*(pronounced with a rolled r – proh-st!)