Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85,
1021 KP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is a popular place to get sex, drugs and rock’n’roll (not to forget that some people visit this city for business). But, in the life of every tourist/businessman there is a moment when all the above is boring and he just wants to get the beer.
Luckily, Amsterdam has a lot of to offer. Today for your after hours I propose the Oedipus Brewing (www.oedipus.com). Some of you may remember that Oedipus was a tragic hero from the Greek mythology that, because of the twist of fate killed his father and married his own mother. Sad story that left me wondered what does it have to do with the beer.
If you find the name interesting, then the will love the brewery. First, as a pedestrian, you need to take a water tram to visit it. I suggest nice sunny day; the trip is lovely and the tram is free. Then the interior of the taproom. Looks weird, may be a mix of Amazons jungle with the 70’s. Very unusual, not everybody’s case. But local people seem to like it. On top, there is a music – during an hour here I have heard some of the weirdest, psychedelic music in my life. Trust me, I mean it – really weird, Pink Floyd looks like a main stream in comparison to some of the leads.
Overall very unusual experience, but clearly interesting and positive. If you are bored with visiting just another brewery go to Oedipus.
The beer of the day is a Thai Thai Belgian Triple.
Thai Thai is another step in my search for an interesting interpretation of traditional Belgian style. This time I would even dare to call it wacky. Deep gold, strong foam. Spicy aroma of pepper and vanilla. Belgian yeast. Taste is a mix of grass, orange, grapefruit and some chili-like spiciness. Very, very unusual. Bit crazy. Interesting, worth trying. Maybe a bit over te top, as not much is left from the original Triple taste.
Give it a try if you can.