Welcoming the Pacific Northwest to east Amsterdam

Local beer is available too, but it is the welcome renaissance in Craft Beer from across the Atlantic that brings many tourists and locals alike to Grand Café Lokaal, a lively bar and restaurant in east Amsterdam that showcases the offerings of several well-respected breweries from the USA and is the go-to gathering place for indulging in the twin passions of beer and food.

In a city that is already overflowing with beer-bars and cafes, serious beer fanatics never fail to be delighted by bars with a healthy and diverse international beer selection, especially when there’s an undemanding, chilled-out vibe that welcomes drinkers to spend time leisurely perusing the available choices in a publicly-accessible beer-chiller — always a favourite with beer-lovers, who will return to the bar (and chiller) again and again.

Despite being a magnet for fans of US Craft Beer, it is the classic-yet-modern feel, the living room-style comfort and the substantial kitchen with its thoughtful and tempting menu that attract many drinkers and diners to Grand Café Lokaal.

At the end of January, Head Brewer Bryan Keilty of Portland, Oregon’s Lompoc Brewing visited Grand Café Lokaal for an evening of beer, food and chat. The highlight of the evening was Bryan’s presentation about Lompoc Brewing, during which attendees were presented with an expertly paired beer-pairing — some of Lompoc Brewing’s finest beers paired with some of Grand Café Lokaal’s finest bites.