Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saturday Afternoon in Leiden

After a shared Saturday Market brunch of fried cod and then a warm apple turnover (both delicious, and total <5 euros!), we came back to be lazy for a bit and try a beer we were surprised to find in a local store. Our first weekend in the Netherlands, we visited Amsterdam's Brouwerij 't IJ, a local microbrewery whose products are nearly impossible to find in stores. We were shocked this past Friday to see a few bottles sitting on a shelf in a store just 3 blocks from our apartment, and even more surprised when the beer they had was actually the only one unavailable at the brewery itself.

From what we could decipher of the Dutch label, "Ijwit" is an unpasteurized, unfiltered wheet beer. The brew itself turned out to be a sort of wheat-style hybrid, roughly halfway between a German weiss style (citrusy, like Paulaner) and a spiced Belgian wit style (like Blue Moon). As a result, the spiciness wasn't overpowering, and the citrus tastes weren't too drying, resulting in a light but refreshing summer beer that was still full of flavor.

In any case, it was Saturday afternoon, and were sitting happily on the couch, enjoying what the weekend is supposed to be.

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