Proeflokaal de Prael
While wandering the Red Light District, rest your eyeballs at Proeflokaal de Prael, the cozy tasting room of the adjacent Brouwerij de Prael (De Prael brewery), established in 2002 (the tasting room opened in 2011). The brewery is known for filling its staff with recovering psychiatric patients – a social mission stemming from the founders' own backgrounds working in psychiatric care – and for naming its 10 house beers after Dutch folk singers. Try the Willeke (7.5% ABV), a spicy, golden tripel named for – who else? – Amsterdam-born (and blonde) actress-singer Willeke Alberti, or the spring-seasonal André (6.6% ABV), a smooth, medium-bodied maibock (namesake: singer André Hazes). All beers are organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized, and pair well with the Dutch bar snacks on hand, like bitterballen and krokets (croquettes).