Beers Abroad

Birth Control and Beer may not appear to have more than their first letter in common, but I am a fan of both delicious beer and quality contraception. So I decided in addition to chronicling my adventures (or misadventures) in sexual health, I would make note of the wonderful journey my taste buds have gone on as well. Now I am no beer connoisseur, but I can still enjoy a nice cold one on this long journey around the world. For information on Braufest Berlin Beers, go here. 

  BrouwerIJ'T IJ: Mosiac Pale Ale***   Pale Ale  ABV: 5.2%  This is a delicious and seasonal beer (they will not always have it on tap unfortunately) that I had the pleasure of drinking under a windmill. 

BrouwerIJ'T IJ: Mosiac Pale Ale***

Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

This is a delicious and seasonal beer (they will not always have it on tap unfortunately) that I had the pleasure of drinking under a windmill. 

  BrouwerIJ'T IJ: IJ Wit **   Wit  ABV: 6.5%   From Amsterdam, NL   I am dying to go to this brewery which is in a WINDMILL in Amsterdam! This beer is super good. 

BrouwerIJ'T IJ: IJ Wit **

Wit

ABV: 6.5%

From Amsterdam, NL

I am dying to go to this brewery which is in a WINDMILL in Amsterdam! This beer is super good. 

  BrouwerIJ'T IJ: Zatte **   Trippel  ABV: 8%   From Amsterdam, NL   This is BrouwerIJ'T IJ's Trippel. Which according to the bartenders just means stronger in alcohol (it isn't like a triple IPA taste wise though)

BrouwerIJ'T IJ: Zatte **

Trippel

ABV: 8%

From Amsterdam, NL

This is BrouwerIJ'T IJ's Trippel. Which according to the bartenders just means stronger in alcohol (it isn't like a triple IPA taste wise though)

  Oedipus: MAMA **    Pale Ale   ABV: 5%  30 IBU  From Amsterdam, NL  "A Beer with which you can start your day. Light and refreshing ale, hopped with: centennial and motueka hops" (whatever that means, but I guess it would be good with eggs?)

Oedipus: MAMA **

Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

30 IBU

From Amsterdam, NL

"A Beer with which you can start your day. Light and refreshing ale, hopped with: centennial and motueka hops" (whatever that means, but I guess it would be good with eggs?)

  Oedipus: Mannen Liefde ****   Saison  ABV: 6 %  25 IBU  Hints of lemon grass, Szechuan pepper and fruity Sorachi Ace Hops

Oedipus: Mannen Liefde ****

Saison

ABV: 6 %

25 IBU

Hints of lemon grass, Szechuan pepper and fruity Sorachi Ace Hops

  Two Chefs Brewing: Holy Gunter *   Heles Lager  ABV: 6.5%  25 IBU  From Amsterdam, NL

Two Chefs Brewing: Holy Gunter *

Heles Lager

ABV: 6.5%

25 IBU

From Amsterdam, NL

  Two Chefs Brewing: Louie Louie****   Wit (White Beer)  ABV: 5.1%  This beer is specially brewed for Louie Louie (a great bar with AMAZING cocktails--try their Passionfruit Mojito, it's like juice...and amazing bar tenders--aka who I hung out with because I don't have many friends here yet...this beer has cardamom, coriander and kaffir lime leaves for a fresh, crisp, and fruity.

Two Chefs Brewing: Louie Louie****

Wit (White Beer)

ABV: 5.1%

This beer is specially brewed for Louie Louie (a great bar with AMAZING cocktails--try their Passionfruit Mojito, it's like juice...and amazing bar tenders--aka who I hung out with because I don't have many friends here yet...this beer has cardamom, coriander and kaffir lime leaves for a fresh, crisp, and fruity.

  Two Chefs: Dirty Katerina **   Russian Imperial Stout  ABV: 10.5%  73 IBU  I am not the biggest fan of dark beers...but like this one takes the cake. I really liked it :)

Two Chefs: Dirty Katerina **

Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5%

73 IBU

I am not the biggest fan of dark beers...but like this one takes the cake. I really liked it :)

  Troost: Honingblonde **   Blonde  ABV: 7%  IBU:  26  A honey blonde beer (kind of like when I used to dye my hair)! This brewery serves all their own brewed beer and for the most part, their beer is not distributed else where! Plus they have killer burgers

Troost: Honingblonde **

Blonde

ABV: 7%

IBU:  26

A honey blonde beer (kind of like when I used to dye my hair)! This brewery serves all their own brewed beer and for the most part, their beer is not distributed else where! Plus they have killer burgers

  HOPPA! : hop hop   ABV: 6.5%  Made for happy happy joy joy (a cool dim sum place...although not my favorite dim sum place in Amsterdam--favorite=ONE DIM SUM). But a good beer that goes great with Xiao Long Bao. It has cinnamon, ginger, and lemongrass. 

HOPPA! : hop hop

ABV: 6.5%

Made for happy happy joy joy (a cool dim sum place...although not my favorite dim sum place in Amsterdam--favorite=ONE DIM SUM). But a good beer that goes great with Xiao Long Bao. It has cinnamon, ginger, and lemongrass. 

  Brauerei Gebr.: Maisel & Friends IPA   India Pale Ale\  ABV: 6.3%  50 IBU  From Bayreuth, Germany

Brauerei Gebr.: Maisel & Friends IPA

India Pale Ale\

ABV: 6.3%

50 IBU

From Bayreuth, Germany

  Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen: Gin Weizen ****   Wheat Beer  ABV: 6%  I like Gin & Tonics, I like beer. So this gin and tonic inspired beer is right up my alley...plus I have had other g+t beers, but they HAD NOTHING, on this herbal baby. Brewed with juniper, corriander, and orange peel! 

Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen: Gin Weizen ****

Wheat Beer

ABV: 6%

I like Gin & Tonics, I like beer. So this gin and tonic inspired beer is right up my alley...plus I have had other g+t beers, but they HAD NOTHING, on this herbal baby. Brewed with juniper, corriander, and orange peel! 

 
  De Dochter van de Korenaar: Belle-Fleur****   India Pale Ale  ABV: 6.5%  I decided to try this beer because of it's name (Belle) and I was not disappointed. It is one of the purest and best IPAs that I have ever had. 

De Dochter van de Korenaar: Belle-Fleur****

India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%

I decided to try this beer because of it's name (Belle) and I was not disappointed. It is one of the purest and best IPAs that I have ever had. 

  Kompaan 58:  Hand Langer  Imperial IPA  ABV: 8.2%  From Den Haag, NL  A good imperial IPA that I would drink again but not one of my favorite beers. 

Kompaan 58: Hand Langer

Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.2%

From Den Haag, NL

A good imperial IPA that I would drink again but not one of my favorite beers. 


 
  Jakobsland Brewers: DUMBSTRUCK**   From Santiago de Compostela, Spain  ABV: 6.3%  "Monovarietal using Citra hops". One of the more popular beers, simple, classic IPA style

Jakobsland Brewers: DUMBSTRUCK**

From Santiago de Compostela, Spain

ABV: 6.3%

"Monovarietal using Citra hops". One of the more popular beers, simple, classic IPA style

 
  Kühn-Kunz-Rosen: Mystique IPA***   From: Mainz, Germany  ABV: 7.0%  With Kamut (grain from Canada), Amarillo, Cascade, and Crystal Hops

Kühn-Kunz-Rosen: Mystique IPA***

From: Mainz, Germany

ABV: 7.0%

With Kamut (grain from Canada), Amarillo, Cascade, and Crystal Hops

  Browerij het Uiltje: Me, Myself, and IPA   From: Haarlem, NL  ABV: 7%  North West American IPA. Delicious IPA that I obviously ordered due to the lonliness of this trip. But the beer and the folks running the booth made me feel right at home! Will be making a trip to Haarlem to check out more of these awesome beers! 

Browerij het Uiltje: Me, Myself, and IPA

From: Haarlem, NL

ABV: 7%

North West American IPA. Delicious IPA that I obviously ordered due to the lonliness of this trip. But the beer and the folks running the booth made me feel right at home! Will be making a trip to Haarlem to check out more of these awesome beers! 

  Oedipus: DODO **   Seasonal, California Common  ABV: 5%  30 IBU   From Amsterdam, NL   More about  Oedipus Beers    

Oedipus: DODO **

Seasonal, California Common

ABV: 5%

30 IBU

From Amsterdam, NL

More about Oedipus Beers

 

  Oedipus: Thai Thai ***   Tripel  ABV: 8%  25 IBU  Galangal root, cilantro, coriander chilli pepper, and orange peel...OK UM YUM

Oedipus: Thai Thai ***

Tripel

ABV: 8%

25 IBU

Galangal root, cilantro, coriander chilli pepper, and orange peel...OK UM YUM

  Two Chefs: Green Bullet *   India Pale Ale  ABV: 5.7%  40 IBU  From Amsterdam, NL

Two Chefs: Green Bullet *

India Pale Ale

ABV: 5.7%

40 IBU

From Amsterdam, NL

  Two Chefs Brewing: Tropical Ralphie ****   Germen Hefeweizen  ABV: 4.5%  IBU: 20  This beer, Louie Louie, and the Funky Falcon are my favorites by Two Chefs! I absolutely loved hangingout  with these guys at the festival! This beer has wheat and mango and it's delish!!!

Two Chefs Brewing: Tropical Ralphie ****

Germen Hefeweizen

ABV: 4.5%

IBU: 20

This beer, Louie Louie, and the Funky Falcon are my favorites by Two Chefs! I absolutely loved hangingout  with these guys at the festival! This beer has wheat and mango and it's delish!!!

  Het Anker: Golden Carolus Tripel *   Tripel special beer  ABV: 9.0%  22 IBU  From Belgium ("Exclusively Belgian Hops")

Het Anker: Golden Carolus Tripel *

Tripel special beer

ABV: 9.0%

22 IBU

From Belgium ("Exclusively Belgian Hops")

  Troost: Tripel   Belgian Tripel  ABV: 7.5%  IBU: 30  " Perfect drinking moment: on an awkward first date."...I liked this beer but I like the Honingblonde better

Troost: Tripel

Belgian Tripel

ABV: 7.5%

IBU: 30

"Perfect drinking moment: on an awkward first date."...I liked this beer but I like the Honingblonde better

  Brouwerij Bosteels: Tripel Karmeliet   **  Tripel  ABV: 8.4%  16 IBU  From East Flanders,Belgium

Brouwerij Bosteels: Tripel Karmeliet  **

Tripel

ABV: 8.4%

16 IBU

From East Flanders,Belgium

  Westmelle Trapist   Trippel  ABV: 9.5%  36 IBU  From Malle, Belgium

Westmelle Trapist

Trippel

ABV: 9.5%

36 IBU

From Malle, Belgium

  Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen: Bloesem Blond****   Lager  ABV: 6.2%  Floral and refreshing, but do not discount this beer for its "lady-like" look. It is damn good . Brewed with elderflower, what a perfect beer for a spring day! 

Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen: Bloesem Blond****

Lager

ABV: 6.2%

Floral and refreshing, but do not discount this beer for its "lady-like" look. It is damn good . Brewed with elderflower, what a perfect beer for a spring day! 

 
  Emelisse:  Blonde IPA  Blonde IPA  ABV: 6.8%  Another perfect and purse IPA that is soft and elegant. Adore this great beer made with Cascade Hops

Emelisse: Blonde IPA

Blonde IPA

ABV: 6.8%

Another perfect and purse IPA that is soft and elegant. Adore this great beer made with Cascade Hops

 

  Jakobsland Brewers: KALEIDOSCOPE***   From Santiago de Compostela, Spain  ABV: 7.0%  Saison with Apricots. I seriously love this brewery and this beer! It has a strong apricot overture but not overly sweet! 

Jakobsland Brewers: KALEIDOSCOPE***

From Santiago de Compostela, Spain

ABV: 7.0%

Saison with Apricots. I seriously love this brewery and this beer! It has a strong apricot overture but not overly sweet! 

 
  Kühn-Kunz-Rosen: Oriental Wit**   From: Mainz, Germany  ABV: 4.9%  Belgian wit with kumquats (!!!) and oriental spices such as cardamon and cinnamon. This unique and DELICIOUS beer was inspired by the kitchens from Thailand and India. 

Kühn-Kunz-Rosen: Oriental Wit**

From: Mainz, Germany

ABV: 4.9%

Belgian wit with kumquats (!!!) and oriental spices such as cardamon and cinnamon. This unique and DELICIOUS beer was inspired by the kitchens from Thailand and India. 

  Põjala: Virmalised   India Pale Ale  ABV: 6.5%  IBU: 50  Winner of best IPA at Braufest Berlin and it does not disappoint (neither do any of the other beers by this brewery btw). Virmalised means Aurora Borialis and the way this beer tastes is how watching the AB must feel! A fresh blend of American hops gives this IPA a citrus and grapefruit taste.

Põjala: Virmalised

India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 50

Winner of best IPA at Braufest Berlin and it does not disappoint (neither do any of the other beers by this brewery btw). Virmalised means Aurora Borialis and the way this beer tastes is how watching the AB must feel! A fresh blend of American hops gives this IPA a citrus and grapefruit taste.

  Oedipus: GAIA **   West Coast IPA  ABV: 7%  60 IBU   From Amsterdam, NL   Gaia=Mother Earth,  I love. 

Oedipus: GAIA **

West Coast IPA

ABV: 7%

60 IBU

From Amsterdam, NL

Gaia=Mother Earth,  I love. 

  Oedipus: Basquiat   Saison  ABV: 6%  A darker, malty saison. While I like Basquiat the artist. This beer is not my favorite. 

Oedipus: Basquiat

Saison

ABV: 6%

A darker, malty saison. While I like Basquiat the artist. This beer is not my favorite. 

  Two Chefs Brewing: Funky Falcon ***   Pale Ale  ABV: 5.2%  25 IBU  "Funky Falcon is brewed with lemongrass and a dose different hopping. In addition, a bowl of fruit passes such as grapefruit, lime and citrus. " #talonsup  From Amsterdam, NL

Two Chefs Brewing: Funky Falcon ***

Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

25 IBU

"Funky Falcon is brewed with lemongrass and a dose different hopping. In addition, a bowl of fruit passes such as grapefruit, lime and citrus. " #talonsup

From Amsterdam, NL

  Two Chefs Brewing: Kinky Koos ****   Saison  ABV: 5.1 %  25IBU  Seriously, TWO CHEFS..BASIL AND GINGER??? Are you trying to steal my heart. Well, good job...YOU DID

Two Chefs Brewing: Kinky Koos ****

Saison

ABV: 5.1 %

25IBU

Seriously, TWO CHEFS..BASIL AND GINGER??? Are you trying to steal my heart. Well, good job...YOU DID

  Butcher's Tears: Saison en Enter **   Saison  ABV: 5.5%  From Amsterdam-Zuid, NL

Butcher's Tears: Saison en Enter **

Saison

ABV: 5.5%

From Amsterdam-Zuid, NL

  Troost: Saison**   Saison  ABV: 5.5%  IBU: 26   Fresh, fruity and a little bit spicy...I am starting to really like Saisons

Troost: Saison**

Saison

ABV: 5.5%

IBU: 26

Fresh, fruity and a little bit spicy...I am starting to really like Saisons

  Camba Bavaria PHNTM Series #1: RHGB *   Keller  ABV: 5.2%  From: Truchtlaching, Germany

Camba Bavaria PHNTM Series #1: RHGB *

Keller

ABV: 5.2%

From: Truchtlaching, Germany

  Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen: Tricky Tripel ****   Tripel   ABV: 7.8%  Brewed by Women and happen to be two badass sisters. Their beer is AMAZING (like all of it is...kind of crazy)! This is one of the BEST tripel's I have had! 

Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen: Tricky Tripel ****

Tripel 

ABV: 7.8%

Brewed by Women and happen to be two badass sisters. Their beer is AMAZING (like all of it is...kind of crazy)! This is one of the BEST tripel's I have had! 

  Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen: Witte Beer ****   Dark Wheat  ABV: 6.5 %  If the polar beers on the label don't make you want to drink this beer, the taste sure will! 

Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen: Witte Beer ****

Dark Wheat

ABV: 6.5 %

If the polar beers on the label don't make you want to drink this beer, the taste sure will! 

 
  Jopen: Mooie Nel IPA   IPA  ABV: 6.5%  An amber beer with citrus hops and a caramel taste. 

Jopen: Mooie Nel IPA

IPA

ABV: 6.5%

An amber beer with citrus hops and a caramel taste. 

 

 
  Jakobsland Brewers: LA FLEUR****   From Santiago de Compostela, Spain  ABV: 5.9%   Color: Pink, orange   Hibiscus saison that is surprisingly dry. You except this colorful beer to be sweet (as it looks like a rosé) but it is a well balanced and delicious beer--I came back for more of this one! 

Jakobsland Brewers: LA FLEUR****

From Santiago de Compostela, Spain

ABV: 5.9%

Color: Pink, orange

Hibiscus saison that is surprisingly dry. You except this colorful beer to be sweet (as it looks like a rosé) but it is a well balanced and delicious beer--I came back for more of this one! 

  Kühn-Kunz-Rosen:   Thai PA**   From: Mainz, Germany  ABV: 6.5%  IPA with Thai Basil, Lemongrass, Lime leaves, a delicious Herbal Ale  Unfortunately I did not  take a picture but the color is a golden amber

Kühn-Kunz-Rosen: Thai PA**

From: Mainz, Germany

ABV: 6.5%

IPA with Thai Basil, Lemongrass, Lime leaves, a delicious Herbal Ale

Unfortunately I did not  take a picture but the color is a golden amber

  Põjala: ÖÖ   Imperial Baltic Porter  IBU: 60  ABV: 10.5%  While I am not a fan of dark beers, this Imperial Baltic Porter is worth the taste! The brewer describes this porter as "dark as Estonian winter nights". Cherry and coffee are notable flavors in this distinguished beer

Põjala: ÖÖ

Imperial Baltic Porter

IBU: 60

ABV: 10.5%

While I am not a fan of dark beers, this Imperial Baltic Porter is worth the taste! The brewer describes this porter as "dark as Estonian winter nights". Cherry and coffee are notable flavors in this distinguished beer