Fin (1048) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 28, 2016
We visited Proeflokaal De Boom on Wednesday 28th September 2016, we’d cycled down to Alkmaar from Petten on the coast, so about 12-13 miles and had just visited the excellent ’t Kooltuintje whose barman told us about this place.
De Boom is another bar situated by a canal in Alkmaar, it’s also on the corner of Peperstraat and by the bridge, it’s quite centrally located. The stretch of water here is much wider than what sits out the front of ’t Kooltuintje, in fact this place even has a floating pontoon on the water where you can sit and have a beer or there are tables and leaners by the building itself, we sat at one of those. We met a chap called Bryan who was from Ossett West Yorkshire, he’d also been to Borefts Beer Festival and like us was just visiting other places before flying back to the UK.
This was an ABT bar so it holds a decent beer selection, and like the others carries their beer of the month which we’d already had in Gouda, however we settled for a couple of beers from the local area selection. Inside it was a really nice with high ceilings and a lovely terrazzo floor. There were tables in the front section and up a single step to the rear part (though it was all just one large room). Empty bottles on display all around the edge, and at the rear a chalkboard on the back wall displayed a good list of what beers were available. There were a few additional details here and there about other new beers, for example the new Alkmaar Brewery Brouwerij Zeglis . The toilets were off to the RH side. I also noted that it had a beer museum upstairs, though never ventured up here. We remained outside people watching, it was really quite busy and yet one serving lady and one barman managed to keep on top of things, this despite much Amstel being consumed by a large group of late middle aged chaps. Another very good bar here in Alkmaar.
Visited a few times a few years back, walk past now and then, but nothing ever seems to change here. Nice and cozy pub, decent service, great patio on the pontoon on the canal, opposite of the bar. Selection is small, and not great tbh. OK bar if you’re in Alkmaar, options are relatively slim here.
rikstar (121) , Netherlands | October 2, 2014| Updated March 2, 2016
In het centrum van Alkmaar aan de gracht. Al vaak gepasseerd nu toch maar een keer op het terras gaan zitten op een.mooie nazomermiddag. Bediening is vriendelijk en behulpzaam, aardige bierkaart, helaas weinig verrassingen, prijzen zijn gemiddeld voor horeca. Vooral de bierkaart kan wel een keer een opfrisbeurt gebruiken.
Das kleine Biermuseum lockt die Kundschaft. Am besten draußen auf dem vertäuten Kahn Rast machen, der bewegt sich permanent auch ohne Alkohol...8 Biere vom Faß, allerdings alles Altbekannte, wenn auch Leckere Grimbergen etc. Von der Karte in etwa dreimal mehr. Die Bedienung machte allerdings einen mehr als gemütlichen Eindruck und kam einfach nicht nach...In Alkmaar dennoch eine Probe wert!
Nice place in the middle of Alkmaar. Selection is good, but I couldn’t find a lot of things I hadn’t had before, the taps are regular specialty beer, nothing really local. Nice wood next to the water, underneath a beer museum that is small but worth a visit.
Nice and cosy pub. Good service. Selection is ok, not a lot of special stuff, but they put effort in describing the beers on the menu. Good atmosphere. There seems to be a small beermuseum attached to it, but it was closed when I visited.