Amsterdam in Toronto?

I was in Amsterdam last December.  Then, when I’m in Toronto, I find Amsterdam Brewhouse.  Well… it seems that it’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it.

I’m on my first official day of conference proceedings and in full “need to find places that co-workers are willing to visit” mode.  And, I find that Amsterdam Brewhouse is the closest brewery to the convention hotel… and they have a descent looking lunch menu. How do you go wrong with a choice like that.  Spoiler alert… you don’t go wrong with a choice like that.

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Wavy walkways outside Amsterdam Brewhouse

As our group is coming up to the brewhouse, we see some really cool looking wavy walkways.  I’m an Ugly American and a bit of an idiot, so I ignored the “don’t fall on your ass” warning signs and the generally blocked off nature of the whole thing and walked on them.  Fortunately, no harm came to me (dodged one bullet for the day).

Don’t fall on your ass warning

At last, we came upon the brewhouse itself.  It was definitely impressive from the outside.  No skimping here.

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Amsterdam Brewhouse outside

Inside, it is what you expect from a good brew pub.  They have their brewing equipment prominently displayed along with a metric ass-ton of barrels (although I don’t remember seeing many barrel aged beers on their menu).

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Amsterdam Brewhouse brewing equipment

They also have an impressive bar area a puzzling fire hydrant in a seemingly inconvenient location.

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Amsterdam Brewhouse bar area

I was also impressed with some funky-yet-simple bottle art created by laying bottles down in rows and lighting the cabinet.  Makes me wish I was more of a crafty person so I could make things like this.  Maybe I’ll see if I can get Mrs. UsedHair to try her hand with something like it.

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Amsterdam Brewhouse bottle art

Of course, in the end, it all boils down to one thing.  Did I get any cans or bottles out of the trip.  This is one place where Toronto really has their shit together.  Just about every brewery there seems to have a “bottle store” connected to the brewery.  I was able to get 6 cans and 1 bottle there. All told it was well worth checking out.

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Cans and bottle from Amsterdam Brewhouse

Author: UsedHair

I am a labeorphilist (one who collects beer bottles) looking to discuss the adventures often involved in obtaining the bottles and the challenges that accompany the hobby.

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