"The most beautiful terrace in Amsterdam. You should be ashamed of yourself."
After that harrangue from one of the barmaids in Wildeman, I just had to visit het Gemaal ASAP. I don't want to be shown up in front of my friends again.
The tricky bit is finding it. The pub being in the middle of Flevo Park. I suggest taking the tram 14 or 7 to the terminus. Then take the path leading into the park. After a couple of hundred metres you should be able to glimpse het Gemaal through the trees.
It's not a huge building. Just a single room, really. But then there's the terrace. It really does have a beautiful view, out over a small lake. Next to the pub a small orchard has been planted . Should look lovely in a year or two.
You might have noticed that the beer selection is rather limited. Only four options in all. But all rare sightings in Amsterdam. I've never seen Konrad beers anywhere else in the city. Or anywhere else at all. The come from the Pivovary Vratislavice in the Czech Republic. They have a bottled Polotmavý Ležák. That's an Amber Lagerbier to the unititiated. One of the many Czech beer styles that manage to escape the notice of style nazis. They can't be looking very hard. (Of course they aren't. No further than the last Charlie Papazian work of fiction.)
But, for once, it's neither the beer nor the ambience that's dragged me out here. It's the jenever. Because het Gemaal will be a pub distillery. When the distillery is up and running. They already sell their own range of contract distilled jenevers. Including a three-year old Rogge (rye) jenever. Very nice it is. It almost made me forget the sad passing of Jansens Rogge, the stock of whhich I finally exhausted last month.
Het gemaal is well worth the ride out from the city centre. And the park seemed much less infested with junkies and alcies than I'd feared.