I am not a beer drinker and I often drink either Brand Pilsner or guinness stout – boring.
Once a while Willem talks about this “special beer bar” in Maastricht which I pay little attention to. Beers… not my favourite drink really, there are so many types of beer in a normal bar, why need a special one?
BUT… if you are a beer lover, this is the place to be. You will meet the guru of beer, with so much passion for what he loves and he likes to help you pick your beer.
These days we quite like exploring new bar and I found a couple of nice one that I don’t mind going to. This beer bar has become my recent favourite for that I am getting some odd new beers that I would never order for myself if I were at any normal bar.
The owner (behind the beer in the pic) has great passion for beer and Willem thinks he knows his beer as well as Willem knows his wine, follow by Willem stressing that he really knows his wine well. It’s always nice to know people in the trade really likes what they selling, like Dino and Steffi from Enoteca diSteffi.
Since I don’t know the owner’s name yet, let’s call him the beer master. The beer master has about 50 beers in his menu but I read he has up to 200 beers in stored. I am starting to take photos of the beers I have drunk there and going to make sure I drink all of them and take a count by the end of the … list?
The bar has no up to date decoration, it looks like a bar that is full of left over decorative stuffs since day one it was opened. Some neon lights of the beer brands blinking, some beer bottles by the window, a TV screen showing wood fire, a couple of tables around… Not the most atmospheric bar you can go to in Maastricht but people are here for the beer and they like the beer master I guess.
My first visit was about a year ago in December 2010. I remember this weird “altar” looking thing with a Flying Dog Brewery sign and 2 “black puppets” which now I learned is the zwarte piet (Sinterklass’s helpers). Apparently the Flying Bog brewery brews the beer Master’s favourite beer. He adores dark beer and the Flying Dog Brewery comes from the United States.
He speaks good English but prefers to communicate in Dutch unless I do ask him questions. Very friendly, calm person, nice to have behind the bar.
When you are in Maastricht, remember to drop by this bar and simply describe to him what sorts of taste do you like and see what he can surprise you with. The name Proeflokaal Het Bat suggests that it’s some sort of a tasting room which is fairly accurate. It’s not a place you would go jolly dancing and getting drunk, it’s a place where you taste the beer and be WOW by the list of beers he has in his sleeves.
The bar is located on Het Bat, facing the Maas River, next to Les Papiers Du Monde.