KOREAN BEER KID
If you have been following my Instagram or know me personally, you would know that I love my lambic.
What if I told you there is a place that feels like your neighborhood bar but can also satisfy your thirst of lambic? Well, that combination led me to eventually call Foeders in Amsterdam one of my favorite bars in the world!
So what's so special about Foeders?
- I remember my first time walking into Foeders in the summer of 2017, a merely few months after they have opened, but I was greeted by the laughter and the home-y vibe. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Foeders bar in Amsterdam, you will eventually get to know the owner, Yuri. He is ultimately going to be one of your best friends and give you the ultimate VIP experience. Belgium-native Yuri is passionate about what he does (and I don't mean just beer).
So why do I like Foeders that much?
1. Beer. Beer. Beer
Let's talk about beer. I also have an experience in managing craft beer pubs before and it is always my intention to be able to provide various beer styles to accommodate everyone. Same goes for Yuri. Foeders literally have everything I need in a bar. From Geuze (by glass) to even hazy IPA from local Dutch breweries, Yuri's passion for beer can easily be seen from the huge taplist they have, 33 to be exact!
I am not kidding when I say Yuri knows what he is doing. From working at microbrewery to living in beer-rich region of Pacific Northwest in the United States, I have had my fair share of great bars, but I have yet to find a place as unique as Foeders. They are one of the only places I've been to that sells G(u)euze by glass. And I mean that by glass. Stored in the fridge is their wine-corked bottles that allows Yuri to keep the carbonation and provide lambic to customers without them having to buy for the whole bottle. Also not to mention, they have a very nice cellar too from infamous Tommie Sjef to more vintage lambic from Belgium.
During my short stay in Amsterdam, I have had the opportunity to meet some beer enthusiasts from the United States and I, of course, took them to Foeders. Three different types of Dutch cheese served with Dutch apple syrup (appelstroop) and mustard, paired with Rosé from Tommie Sjef, were some of the best pairing I have had. Also, Yuri hosts many events from tap take-over to bottle shares at Foeders! There were countless nights when I planned on staying until the last metro ride, but ended up calling an Uber because I could not leave knowing that there are so many good beer! I come in and talk to any one of the bartenders who will gladly talk to you and hang out with you even if you are a lone traveler like me. I will never forget some of the moments I have had in this amazing bar and thanks to Yuri, I always had a place to come back to whenever I go back to Amsterdam. Check out their Facebook page for more information on upcoming events and special beer.
This is probably the real reason why I am such a huge fan of Foeders. When I was briefly staying in Amsterdam for a month last winter, I swear to you when I say I spent most of my time in Foeders. And no, it is not because I love to drink (which I do), but is the community you become a part of, once you enter the bar. From the local people stopping by for a pint after work to tourists visiting Amsterdam, this bar allows you to interact with so many different types of people.
On Christmas eve of 2017, I entered Foeders for a very special occasion. There was an event in honor of celebrating the life of Oscar, who had been a huge part of Dutch beer geek community and has recently passed away from his battle with ALS. So many people, and I mean A LOT OF PEOPLE came to celebrate and remember their friend. From homemade Sambal paired with amazing Dutch cheese to drinking all the beer, people came out to party on Christmas eve at Foeders. This is what I loved! Even though I was not familiar with most of the people, at the end of the night, I found myself participating in conversations and becoming a part of the community. Friends I've made in this bar eventually led me to taking a trip to Den Helder to drink Tequila at a dive bar, or some even led me to more connections.
Planning on visiting Foeders? Here's how.
Foeders is conveniently located in De Pijp area, close enough to the city center but far enough to be not super touristy. This area has lots of great restaurants (including my favorite Japanese Ramen place in Amsterdam) and bars (including my favorite wine bar in Amsterdam), so I definitely recommend checking out the entire neighborhood.
If you are coming from Amsterdam city center, you have three options.
Special thanks to Yuri and his hospitality