Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: Beer Profile

Sierra Nevada (California) – 5.6% ABV: Sierra Nevada is not a true IPA; it falls into the category of American Pale Ales. This beer is a beautiful golden-orange, almost amber. A gentle pour yields a generous, fluffy, long lasting head and the beer itself is clear with constant bubbling. The beer is very aromatic, with floral and citrus balanced with hops. A nice bitter edge at the front end fades to nice malty sweetness and the finish is strong citrus.

The Amsterdam Bar is proud to offer Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in bottles and from time to time on tap. We also offer a variety of Sierra Nevada seasonals as they become available, like their Early Spring Beer ("ESB").

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout: Beer Profile

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (England) – 5.2% ABV: Chocolate stout is a name brewers sometimes give to certain stouts. The name "Chocolate stout" is usually given because the beers have a noticeable dark chocolate flavor through the use of darker, more aromatic malt; particularly chocolate malt — a malt that has been roasted or kilned until it acquires a chocolate color. Young's takes it a step further by adding a small amount of actual dark chocolate to their brew.

Paulaner Salvator: Beer Profile

Paulaner Salvator (Germany) – 7.9% ABV: The original Paulaner Salvator is still brewed on location. It is now lagered 72 feet underground, in the world's deepest lager cellar, before it is sent to beer connoisseurs all over the world. As an escape from the rigors of the Lenten season, thousands of Munich residents still gather annually in the Paulaner beer hall at the Nockherberg, around St. Joseph's Day (March 19), to kick off two weeks of official Bockbier drinking. The season's first cask of Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock is always tapped by a celebrity, usually the mayor of Munich.

Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale: Beer Profile

Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale (Holland) – 5.2% ABV: Trappist breweries are best known for their complex yeast strains and the resulting big beers. But the only Trappist brewery in the Netherlands is starting to turn heads with a beer that is more mainstream than you might think. Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale is closest to an English brown ale, but really has a style all its own. The nutty aroma is traditional, but the slight sour notes convince you this beer is an oud bruin. Those sour notes are absent in the flavor though, and are replaced with a sweet sucrose taste and some minor chocolate flavors. A moderate body helps to balance the sharpness, and this ale finishes with a creamy smoothness that blows away most brown ales.

Belhaven Scottish Ale: Beer Profile

Belhaven Scottish Ale (Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland) – 5.2% ABV: This classic Scottish Ale is a nice copper color with just a hint of haze. Like most Scottish Ales, Belhaven is light on the hops and heavy on the malt. This gives Belhaven plenty of sweetness and its fans claim to smell oak, peat, heather, smoke, and thistle in this ale. This beer goes down nice and smooth.

The Amsterdam Bar offers Belhaven Scottish Ale in bottles.

Erdinger Hefe: Beer Profile

Erdinger Hefe (Germany) – 5.30% ABV: Erdinger Weissbier pours with a frothy, generous head on top of tangerine colored body. Erdinger smells grainy with pineapple, citrus and banana notes. To some, Erdinger tastes spicier than other weizens. Carbonation is abundant, almost creamy.

The Amsterdam Bar offers Erdinger Hefe in bottles.

Heineken Pilsener: Beer Profile

Heineken (Holland) – 5% ABV: Heineken Pilsener is a 5% ABV pale lager made by Heineken International since 1868. It is the flagship product of the company, and is made of purified water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Heineken pours a transparent yellow color with about half an inch of head that disappears quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing around the glass. The beer has a satisfying grain or bread aroma with a light hop finish.

The Amsterdam Bar offers Heineken in its classic green bottle.

Duvel Belgian Ale: Beer Profile

Duvel Belgian Ale (Belgium) – 8.5% ABV: Four generations of the Moortgat family have brought together Pilsner malts, Bohemian hops, and a unique yeast strain to create this intense, aromatic and beguiling ale. The beer pours a brilliant golden yellow color with a very large frothy white head. Duvel is highly carbonated--think champagne--and refreshing. Look for the scents of citrus fruit, with hints of apricot and banana.

The Amsterdam Bar offers Duvel in bottles.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Benefit in Memory of Thomas Davidson

"Dance Woman" by Thomas Gregory

I was deeply saddened to read this story over the weekend, but it wasn't until today that I made the connection to the Jacket Gallery, owned by one of our co-owners. From Quick:
Tragedy at the Jacket Gallery in Expo Park

Thomas [Davidson], a local metal sculptor, opened a show at the new Jacket Gallery last Thursday. On his way home, he died in a motorcycle accident. He hit one of the guardrails off I-30, where it merges onto Central. Police didn't find his body until four hours later. (Detailed Fox story about the accident here.) He also had two kids.

The Jacket Gallery -- which is owned by Sheldon Hubbard, the co-owner of the Amsterdam Bar -- is having a special show on Thursday night from 6 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from any works sold will benefit Gregory's children's college funds.
Please turn out and help support this event. Benefit at the Jacket Gallery 6-10 PM, Thursday April 17th.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

More photos from the Jacket Gallery

Just a few more photos from the show with Gaedge Erikssen and Carter Herrington at The Jacket Gallery. This show ended April 13th, but it was such a fun night that its worth revisiting with a few pictures. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Carter (left) and Gaedge greet visitors to their show.

Carter shows a work in progress.

Another view of the crowd.

Jacket Gallery is located at 827 Exposition Avenue. Expo Park Art Night is every second Thursday evening from 6 - 10 PM at all the different arts venues in Exposition Park in Dallas, Texas, which means the next one is next week!

After enjoying some art, be sure to stop by The Amsterdam Bar for a drink!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Rush coming to Center in concert April 25th!

Progressive rock super group Rush is coming to the Center (formerly Smirnoff Music Centre) on April 25th. With some luck, you may still be able to get tickets. Rush's live shows are legendary.

The Center is located at 1818 1st Avenue Dallas, Texas 75210, just on the other side of Fair Park from The Amsterdam Bar. This means that we are a great place for you to have a couple of beers before the concert or, even better, to wind down after the concert on our huge outdoor patio. The Amsterdam Bar is a great place to finish a night of music at the Center and Fair Park.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA: Beer Profile

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware) – 6.0% ABV: This is Dogfish Head Brewery's "flagship" beer. Dogfish Head 60 Minute India Pale Ale is great session beer brewed with Warrior hops, Amarillo hops, and "Mystery Hop X." With hints of citrus, cedar, pine, candied-orange flavors, and floral notes, this beer has amazing character and finish.

The Amsterdam Bar is proud to offer Dogfish Head 60 on tap. We also offer several other fine Dogfish Head beers in bottles.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Friday, April 04, 2008

Jacket Gallery: Expo Park Art Night

There's a great little gallery in Expo Park called "Jacket Gallery." The gallery is rarely open and the best time to catch one of its shows is during the month Expo Park Art Night, which is the second Thursday evening every month. Here are a few photos I snapped during last month's show.

Jacket Gallery is located at 827 Exposition Avenue. Expo Park Art Night is every second Thursday evening from 6 - 10 PM at all the different arts venues in Exposition Park in Dallas, Texas, which means the next one is next week!

Now through April 13, new works by Gaedge Erikssen and Carter Herrington can be seen at The Jacket Gallery, 827 Exposition Ave, Dallas.

After enjoying some art, be sure to stop by The Amsterdam Bar for a drink!