The Bank Holiday saw me back in what is fast becoming my second city; the cobbled streets of Amsterdam. The more I come here the more I think I could eke out a happy life in the midst of all it’s history, culture and cycle friendly infrastructure. Unlike my last trip, this outing had a slightly more “laddish” tone to it; my cousin’s stag do. Amongst the potential activities mooted on Sunday was The Heineken Experience, however having been there before, I thought that perhaps a slightly more authentic beer experience would go down nicely. Why visit a corporate beer museum (they no longer brew in the building) when I knew an independent gem like Brouwerij de Prael was mere streets away from our flat? Thankfully the group were willing to take a chance and before we knew it we were booked in at the very sensible price of €7.5 (including a drink). Nico our guide was like pretty much all Dutch people I have met: highly affable and fluent in english. The tour itself didn’t take too long and Nico did a great job in explaining the city and it’s waterways relationship with brewing. I wouldn’t say that I learn’t anything new but that is not really the point here. If you find yourself in Amsterdam I heartedly recommend a quick visit to De Prael; whether it is for a full tour or simply of some ales and live jazz at their main bar around the corner. Give the Melk Stout a go too, absolute winner.