On his recent visit to the Netherlands the Wine Anarchist and his wife happened to wander around the historical Delfshaven area of Rotterdam and chanced to pass this inviting looking brew pub. The area is particularly famous for being the starting point for the pilgrims leaving for the New World in 1620, initially on the Speedwell, then changing onto the Mayflower. The Pilgrim Fathers Church next door was dedicated to this event.
Seeing the mash tuns through the window of 'de Pelgrem' Restaurant and micro-brewery he decided to have a quick taste on what was on offer.
It smelled divine, but being pressed for time he decided to go for the 5 Euro for 5 taster samples and the quality throughout was exceptional.
The staff were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the atmosphere of the bar was cosy on this quiet mid-week early evening. Explanatory diagrams on the mirrors explained the basic brewing process.
When it was time to go the WA decided to buy a selection of the beers in bottle to re-taste at home at his own leisure. Here are his comments:
The samplers in the bar also included a coffee stout which was just like drinking a cold and alcoholic mocca coffee. Delicious!
So if you happen to find yourself at a loose end in Rotterdam you can do worse then visit this place. Details below:
De Pelgrem Stadsbrouwerij en Restaurant