Jopen Kerk Haarlem

Vestestraat, 1
Tel. (+31) 23-5334114

It is well known that Dutch love beer,.... so much that they created a temple in glory of this delicious and surprising beverage!

The Jopen Kerk opened in November 2010 in the old  Jacobs church. You enter then in a world dedicated to the beer. The Haarlem's beer!
Jopen is the brand of the Haarlem's beer.
It is close by from the office, and turns to be our new HQ! So I could really know quite good the place.
The decoration and space is really amazing and pleasant. Some Persian carpet are decorating the the ceiling. Behind the long bar, you can see the beer tanks, majestic like organs illuminated by the colorful tall windows of the church. All kind of tables are spread all over the place, keeping the center of the bar with an empty space usually packed of people the most days of the week!
When you finally can seat down, a nice waiter comes to help you to choose which of the 10 or 15 beers in the menu, you should choose.
I have to say that it is not usual to find kind and helpful service in this country.
In addition, the waiters are well trained and know very well the beers and really help you. If you have a doubt, don´t worry! They will bring you a small glass to taste (FOR FREE), and let you decide. Here, I have to say that Tobias, is my favorite! This young curly hair guy is sommelier and always surprised me and found the perfect beer!

All the beers I tried was really good,... My 2 favorites are the White Smoke (Witte Rook) and the Indian Pale Ale,...

Upstairs, you find a restaurant, that is usually busy for dinner. Always book the table in advance.
Even though, I am not sure, this is really worthy,... the kitchen was quite disappointing and really expensive. I tried the ossenhaas, and did not find it special. I also tried their special hamburger that is served during the whole day at the bar and restaurant. And what can I say,.... disappointing...
The kind of burger has an onion sauce on the top, I supposed cooked with some beer, or sour ingredient, that provides a not balance taste at all in the mouth,...

In my opinion, stick to the beer! And if you want a bite, go for some bitterballen! In this so special place, you order it by unit. So, How many bitterballen are you willing to eat?? In the opinion of my friend Audrey, they are the best bitterballen, she ever tried!

So, if you feel to discover a new trendy spot in Haarlem, go to the Jopen Kerk! You will probably meet me there with some beers and friends laughing and eating bitterballen!

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