I chose Amsterdam Brewhouse as we specifically wanted a craft brewery pub / restaurant. It was a toss up between this or Mill Street Brewery. Amsterdam won due to its harbour front location.
When we asked for a table for 2 we were taken upstairs even though there were lots of free tables downstairs in the cavernous hall. I was initially a little peeved at this as downstairs looked to have more atmosphere, upstairs was fairly empty and quiet. We did get by a table by the window with lovely views out over the harbour though. By the time we left a couple of hours later downstairs was packed, heaving, busy and noisy whereas although upstairs was much busier it was still fairly quiet and sedate, so actually we ended up being glad that we'd been seated upstairs.
We started with one of their beer flights (Richmond & John) to sample a few of the different beers before choosing the ones we liked. We were sharing the beer flight, and the waitress looked a little put out by the fact we were sharing a beer flight. Maybe she thought that was all we were going to order?! I'm glad we did get the beer flight as the beer I was initially going to order, Oranje Weisse, I didn't actually like - it was too sweet and tasted too much like orange soda. The beer flights are a really good idea to get a feel for what you like, the samples are good sizes and they're reasonably priced.
Food. We shared chicken wings, we chose the honey sriracha sauce - which was super hot. We both ordered burgers and subbed sweet potato fries for an extra $2. Too full for dessert even though I'd had my eye on the chocolate torte. The food was solidly good pub fare, not the best food I've ever had, but for pub restaurant food we couldn't really fault it. Big portions too.
Beers. The other 3 beers on the Richmond & John beer flight were all really nice; 416 local lager, natural blonde lager and raspberry wheat. We ended up having 2 beers each, I had a 416 local lager and a raspberry wheat, OH had 2 raspberry wheat.
We's booked a brewery tour with them for the following morning, which is a whole other story, and a separate review if I can actually post two reviews?
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