Though Amsterdam may be more associated with other recreational activities, beer is a larger component of the culture and lifestyle. Several beers founded in Amsterdam are recognizable the world over, including Amstel and Heineken. Grolsch, another Dutch beer, is also a local favorite. Amsterdam locals also appreciate imports from their neighbor, Belgium and are even getting into American craft brews.
In the summer, terraces and boats along the canals are filled with people enjoying pils (beers) in the warm air. In the colder months, they drink in many of the city’s pubs. If you want to smoke your cake and eat it too, you can even find a beer infused with marijuana, which tastes like a hippie-in-a-glass and is more fun to talk about than drink. I know, I tried it.