Beer and Amsterdam go hand in hand so when I heard about the Brewery Troost Amsterdam I was keen to check out this hidden gem. For research purposes of course. The Brouwerij Troost Amsterdam is in the trendy neighbourhood of De Pijp. Housed in a former convent this cafe and brewery is just down the road from the Albert Cuyp market and Ferdinand Bolstraat, the main shopping street that runs through De Pijp.
As I’ve practically given up on finding a decent brunch in Amsterdam aside from Little Collins (both Staring at Jacob and Bakers and Roasters proved disappinting despite garnering rave reviews). In the absence of this I suggested we go for an early lunch at the Brewery Troost Amsterdam as I’d heard their vegetarian options were pretty good. I have to admit I was a little disappointed to find that the interior of the Brouwerij Troost Amsterdam was all new and modern. I’d been expecting it to be old and full of character, with to see the inside of an old covent. Instead it was brand-spanking new, with more of a canteen feel with wooden tables and chairs. Above the bar you can see huge metal casks of Troost’s beer and you can also see the brewery at the back which looks a bit like a science lab.
As you’d expect from a brewery, Brouwerij Troost Amsterdam brews some of its own beers on site and it has a tasting room too. We decided to try the Troost blond beer, they also brew a white beer and an IPA which is more of a bitter. Food wise as you might expect with beer on tap, the mainstay of the menu is burgers as you can see Troost Brewery menu, as well as a selection of sandwiches and typical dutch pub snacks including bitterballen.
I went for the vegetarian burger, made from lentils, quinoa and mushrooms, with truffle mayonnaise, gherkins and lettuce. This came with a generous portion of fries. Sharps had a meat burger (of course) choosing the Troostburger – a burger with pancetta, blue cheese, olives, red onion and aioli and also with fries on the side.
Both burgers were served in a ciabatta bun which made them feel a bit more grown up. And both burgers were delicious. Mine was nutty and flavoursome, the best veggie burger I’ve had in ages. Sharps was equally as impressed with his, I could see the meat juices running out of it when he cut into it.
We were in Troost on a Sunday lunchtime and it was relatively quiet, though it did start to fill up a bit as we went to leave. The staff were friendly and helpful and the service was great, which is always a bonus in Amsterdam. One thing it’s worth mentioning is that you can’t pay by cash in Brouwerij Troost Amsterdam, they only accept cards. Troost translates as consolation but you certainly won’t be drowning your sorrows in the Brewery Troost Amsterdam.