De Pelgrim – Thanks for giving us beer (and fondue)

pelgrim2Rotterdam,  a city with a skyline that would fit an American city. Tall buildings rise up on the banks of the river Maas. Thanks mostly to the influence of the German art collective Die Luftwaffe who cleared much of the downtown area about 70 years ago. Clearing it took one day, rebuilding a bit longer. And it is outside of downtown where you can still find the cityscape most resembling the Dutch cities of centuries ago. Three subway stops away is Delfshaven, a separate town once but now a neighborhood of the city. It was from here that the Pilgrims left on the vessel  Speedwell on the first leg of their voyage to Virginia. They didn’t end up there but got off the boat earlier in what is now Plymouth. The reason? They had ran out of beer…

If they had stuck around for four centuries they would have thought twice about leaving from the shores of Holland after sampling beers from the local brewery appropriately called De Pelgrim. Human history would have looked somewhat different if they had because then in 1996 they would have witnessed the start of the brewery.

pelgrim1The brewery/restaurant is located in the old city hall in the historic part, right on a canal. The building is the old city hall from 1580, and most buildings in the neighborhood are from that same period according to the many information signs. It really is a beautiful building. When you get inside there is a brewing installation to the left and the restaurant to the right. You can also sit outside in the garden. The tasting room itself has bottles of many different breweries, and glassware, pictures and similar things. Walking around are the two house cats Stout and Mout (Malt).

De Pelgrim is one of the few places I have been to in the country that offers a tasting paddle of their beers. Five in this case and though the glasses are very tiny it still gives you a good idea of what they offer. The best beers on offer in my opinion are their triple and a stout made with coffee which is nice and sticky. Other beers on offer were a Kuit, a Springbock and a disappointing IPA.

For a starter we had the bitterballen with beermustard and cheese with beersyrup. The syrup was very good, but a little too liquid. Would have liked to have more of it stay on the block of cheese.

For dinner we had the cheese fondue with different cheeses, including their own beer, and their triple beer called Mayflower triple. It was better than the Swiss fondues we had, in fact it was one of the better fondues ever. Besides bread there were different kinds of veggies too. Would have loved to have had more bread, it was that good. All the recipes were made with a Pelgrim beer.

If you are ever in Rotterdam, Pelgrim is worth it.

Links

Pelgrim Website

 

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anneke Hagenouw on 13/07/2013 at 3:56 pm

    Mmmm klinkt erg lekker allemaal goed plan om daar eens te gaan eten

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  2. […] but for a long time De Pelgrim was the only thing beer related worth going to in this huge city. Our visit two years ago was enjoyable with decent beer and great food. But cities like Haarlem and Nijmegen have more […]

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  3. […] but for a long time De Pelgrim was the only thing beer related worth going to in this huge city. Our visit two years ago was enjoyable with decent beer and great food. But cities like Haarlem and Nijmegen have more […]

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