Before we begin today I’d like to thank another wonderful local restaurant for joining the ranks of the MBIP Bucket List Page, a fine dining establishment that we’ve been to twice here at MBIP in the past, Salt. Check out these past posts here and here and stay tuned for further visits in the future. And now, back to our post, already in progress!
I’ve never done a beer flight before and I think tonight we’ll try one at New Amsterdam which is conveniently located exactly two minutes from where I work. Here I’ll show you:
Baboom, two minutes on the dot and here we are at New Amsterdam!
Let's go in and see what's happening.
Plenty of seats at the bar, let's go grab one and get settled in for the evening.
As I got up to the bar I noticed two familiar faces, Steve, who we met the last time we were here and Todd Waldschmidt, the owner of this fine establishment. Great to see both of them again!
As you can see, there's plenty of beers on tap to choose for my beer flight sampling.
Todd let me go behind the bar to get a closer shot of the multitude of taps behind the bar. I decided I couldn't decide what to pick for my beer flight...
So I asked these two pretty ladies to choose for me. Amy and Tiffany were the two lovely and friendly bartenders on duty and they chose the beers for my flight. One of the cool things about getting a beer flight in here is that you can choose them or you can ask the bartender to pick them out for you.
And here's my beer flight for the evening. The names are written below the beers and will be revealed at the end of the evening.
Here I am starting my engines and getting ready for my flight.
These cool cork-filled lamps line the bar and illuminate the proceedings.
Homemade potato chips!
After I complimented Todd on the homemade potato chips, he brought out more chips and a new dipping sauce that's still in the planning stages. It's got quite a kick to it and it's very delicious. Looking forward to seeing this on the menu when we come back here for our return visit for Saturday Night Cheeseburger in a few weeks.
After a few of the chips I got up to take a little walk around the place. Here's a long shot of the finely polished wooden bar.
There's circular tables behind the bar...
And there's booths and a dining area back here.
New Amsterdam has one of the most impressive beer gardens in town and it overlooks the Illinois River...hey, I think I see a couple of familiar faces over there...
There's two familiar faces and two new friends that we made this evening, starting at the bottom and moving clockwise to the left there's, Jack Berres, Doug, Paul Berres and Corey. Those of you who are regular readers will remember Paul and Jack Berres from previous posts including this one, featuring their family business, Born Paint. Great to see them and to meet Doug and Corey.
I had my flight transferred out here and we had a great night yakking and kidding around.
Check out the view from here!
And as the evening ends, the beers from the flight are revealed and it's time to call it a night. We'll see you all tomorrow and hey...let's be careful out there!
120 SW Water Street
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