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Beer World Tour - Holland
The next stop on my beer world tour was to Holland. I had the pleasure of staying in The Hague for my business meetings, so this allowed me to try beer from both Holland and Belgium.
The hotel that we stayed at was in the middle of The Hague in the old part of the city. The street was banned for cars, so it was great to grab a beer, sit on the sidewalk and watch the people pass on foot or by bike. The setting was almost idyllic.
For the two nights I was in Holland I got to try Palm beers in the local hotel along with a beautiful sea perch. The following night we concentrated on Heineken at a local restaurant with a steak while we watched the Euro 2012 final where Spain belted Italy 4-0.
Here's the experience!
The first beer's we tried were the Palm family of beers. This brewery is located in Belgium and it has a good lager taste and finish. The Estaminet beer was very similar. The dark Palm beer was a bit closer to Newcastle Brown in finish, so not a very strong beer.
The little pub we were in was also interesting. The tables were full of customers as was the outside, so we sat at the bar to enjoy our meal. While the pub was tight, it had a great friendly atmosphere and great food to accompany the beer.
The next day we travelled off to Amsterdam to see the canals and to visit the Heineken museum.
After a heavy day of exploring we ended up that evening at a local restaurant that had a big screen so that we could watch the Euro 2012 final. I took on one of my travelling companions and convinced him to back Italy while I took Spain at even odds!
That night we worked through styles of Heineken and Brand beer to complete our Dutch experience.