De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle)
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by Vanlingleipa:
4.56/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
It could be argued that BevMo and Cracked Kettle are both representative of their locales - BevMo being a quintessential American liquor supermarket experience while CK just oozes Dutch.
CK is Dutch in both philosophy and location. This is a small, neighborhood shop, located in downtown Amsterdam off the Singel canal in a 400-year-old building. It is not an overly large space - the building was apparently originally a home. When I first went there seven years ago, I heard that the second floor was used for the occasional gathering of beer lovers. now used to display more beer/spirits Again, so Dutch, as this is how people live in space-challenged Amsterdam, conforming centuries-old spacing to meet modern needs. You see it all the time in this lovely city.
Spent several months in Amsterdam, making it a routine to walk along the canal X times a week for a Leifmans brown or some local brew, stopping at the excellent bakery around the corner. There was sweet, pretty young Dutch woman working there as well as Andy and Jeff, the American owner (who btw, graduated from a local university in the Netherlands). Both gentlemen are very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the art of brewing.
08-09-2011 17:39:52 | More by Vanlingleipa
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Just came back from Amsterdam and my main goal was to visit this place in order to score some Westys, which I did.
Got there at about 12:15, and it wasn't opened yet, even though it's supposed to open at 12:00. Checked back in 5 and it was just opened. The guy was helpful enough, though maybe a little preoccupied with still in the process of opening the store. But when i had questions, he answered them in a friendly manner. He was able to suggest some good local dutch beer for me to go with my Westy's, such as De Molen and Emellisee.
The atmosphere is really cool. Quite small, and the shelving is over 400 years old. Looks cavernous. However, I notice that the beers on the back wall are exposed to sunlight. Granted this store is down a tight alley, so I don't think there's a ton of sunlight coming through the window.
He's selling the Westy Blonde for 10 euros each, and the 12 for 12 euros each. The 8 wasn't there at that time, but I happen to stop in later that day because my friend wanted to go back, and a fresh batch of 8 had arrived. I couldn't buy any more bottles however.
Things aren't cheap there, but the Westys that were for sale at De Bierkoning were going for 14,50 euros. So Westy's were cheaper here, but the local dutch beers I bought were slightly cheaper at De Bierkoning
Very cool store worth visiting if you're into rare stuff, especially belgians. There are other other beers - american, german, etc., as well as select wines, and a little cheese.
06-14-2011 20:59:05 | More by jbertsch
3.94/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Smaller than the Bierkoning, with a smaller selection and less organized, though they had many different beers. Mostly Dutch and Belgian though there's a small American, British and German section. Nice place but average compared with the Bierkoning. One complaint I would have is that there's a wall of bottles right by the front door which is glass and I imagine these bottles get some direct sunlight for part of the day. There's an upstairs area as well that was really chaotic, up those typical steep Amsterdam stairs, but there were so many boxes lying around on the floor, I wasn't able to see everything up there.
06-11-2011 18:06:38 | More by sfprint
4.78/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Visisted here on my trip to AMS
A great little hole in the wall beer store in amsterdam. On my tour through europe I had to run to make sure I caught this place open as I was only there for one day and sure enough it was worth it.
I picked up a half dozen westy 12's for something like 15 euros each. While the price was steep it was the only place I had time to visit which actually had them in stock. The man serving us was very nice and knowledgeable and showed us around the store. Great selection of European beers and surprisingly a lot of american beers as well.
Overall a great little place which I sadly enough will probably not be visiting anytime soon. Suppositely they also do beer trades, ill have to try that out on my next trek out there.
05-09-2011 21:18:26 | More by Dobby
4.44/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
went here on my Amsterdam trip.
I showed up as they were supposed to open but the guy ended up showing up about 30 to 45 minutes late.
They have a fantastic if expensive selection including westy 6 westy 12 and a bunch of hard to find Belgian and dutch specialties.
They also had a bunch of American beer in terms of BCS Rare, Darkness, Dark Lord and a bunch of Pliny and other American beers that are in high demand.
The shop employee was fairly helpful if a little uninterested in answering the questions that I had.
All in all i enjoyed check this place out but liked the employees better at Bierkonig, though this is the place if your just looking for rare older beer at high prices.
04-17-2011 23:14:50 | More by psiweaver
4.85/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If you are in or near Amsterdam, this store is a must stop. Great ambiance, charm, character, great vibe, Jeff is great (helpful in many ways, even helping to guide us as we were set to visit Belgium) the selection is extensive (I would even say it was great if I didn't score some Westy's). The shop is a little off the beaten path but its a pleasant walk to get to. Everything a bottle shop should be, stop in to see Jeff and his way cool guard dog. I certainly will be back each time I visit Amsterdam.
11-24-2010 18:50:19 | More by KickbacksSteve
5/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place has it all. They supply Gollem right across the alley. You walk in, and you're instantly in heaven. All wooden shelves, filled with bottles. A nice selection of wine as well. Walk up the spiral staircase and you'll find a huge selection of American and German beers. Many popular beers are even refrigerated downstairs.
This is also one of the only places that reliably has the sought-after Westvleteren. 12 euros/bottle as of June 2010.
Additionally, the guys at the counter know their beers, as opposed to more commercialized shops. I was looking for Anchor Steam, and the guy said it had just came in. Sure enough, he opened the box and grabbed me one. The owner was working next time I came, and went upstairs with me to explain to me the differences between the German wheat beers he had available. Sad though that I was the only one there both times I visited.
08-19-2010 05:14:28 | More by pauljmccain
4.15/5 rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here tonight (nov 7-2009) with 12 westvleteren12 bottles to trade some beer. I wanted to have some from all over the world. Below in the shop there are mostly the Belgium and Dutch beers. On the first floor are the beers from Germany and from the rest of the world. I was very well advised by the guy who was there, a man from Scotland.
If you are in Amsterdam its worth going there. On the other side of the small alley is Cafe Gollem.
The next weeks i can review the beers i have traded. A nice way to get to know a few unknown beers.
11-07-2009 22:29:36 | More by Brabander
5/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I only found out about the existence of the cracked kettle several months ago. My first order was via their website. The website is very user friendly, updated and has an enormous collection of beers (rare, vintage, Belgium, Dutch, German, UK, a lot of rare USA beer, and many many more countries). They have a unique collection of trappist beers! This is the only shop where I ever saw the famous Westvleteren red cap (WV 6, not produced anymore since the late 90s), the not commercial available table beer from the Westmalle brewery (the Westmalle extra) and the not commercial available table beer from Chimay, the Chimay doree. WOW. These beers are a must try for all beer (and especially trappist) lovers like us! Shipping was very well packed and fast. Also the communication was excellent.
Next time I decided to pay the shop a visit myself. When entering, one is overwhelmed by the enormous amount of beers. The shop is small, but the beers are packed against the walls. The service is very good and very friendly, and obviously know where they are talking about.
Nowadays I'm a frequent costumer, I bought many rare and vintage beauties here. Although not the cheapest shop, this is by far the shop with the rarest beers I have ever seen! Better than Bierkoning for sure! Highly recommendable.
10-01-2009 12:51:20 | More by rvdoorn
4.3/5 rDev -6.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very tiny beer store across the alley from Cafe Gollum. They specialize in hard to find Belgians like Pannepot, Westvleterein, etc. Also carry a few cans of Grolsch and Heinekin for tourists.
Also had a few American specialities: Rogue, Dogfish 120 (at $11 for a 12 oz. bottle!), Anchor. A few odds 'n ends from UK and Germany.
Most of the bottles were priced 5% more than at de Bierkonig. They generally have more rarities however.
They also stock a few items of glassware.
Worth a visit, especially if you've been to Cafe Gollum. They also have internet sales and will pack and ship.
06-29-2009 14:28:12 | More by joedon
De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
99 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.