De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle)
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4.65/5 rDev +1.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited The Cracked Kettle on 10-May-07. First impressions are everything... this one makes a very nice "first impression". It's not a big shop, but it's well laid out and has a nice European appeal to it. The Belgium beers are on one side; the other European/UK beers on the other; great range on both, although a few nuggets (for me at least) were noticeably missing. They did have an ample stocking of Westvleteren, though... and you just can't go wrong with an ample stocking of Westvleteren. There was also a smattering of nice American microbrewery beer there... some Anchor, some Sierra Nevada; and I was told that they were going to try and get some goodies from some Colorado brewers like Great Divide and Left Hand.
Met Andy (running shop when I got there) and Jeff (the owner); both were incredibly nice, helpful and informative... Andy pretty much drove me to every beer that I wound up buying. Jeff showed me the little microbrewery that he was building upstairs. Like I said, really nice guys. Another caveat to this place it it's location... right across the alley from Cafe Gollem. And when I say "right across the alley" I mean literally no more than five feet.
At any rate, this is a topnotch place ran by topnotch people; will be back there for sure.
05-11-2007 23:15:08 | More by GregMcQ
5/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located right across the street (more like an alley) from Cafe Gollem, The Cracked Kettle is a bit of a hole in the wall. It's on a very quiet street a bit away from the bustle of the red light district (but not too far). I was referred to this shop by the bartender at Cafe Gollem who told me that I could find Westvleteren beers there. And sure enough, she was right. The selection was outstanding. All the trappist beers were represented, along with a beautiful selection of Belgians and others. I saw a few American beers (Anchor Steam, Liberty, Old Foghorn) and some harder-to-find English Ales like Thomas Hardy.
The atmosphere is inviting and the man that helped me was very personable. I asked him about the Westvleteren 12 and he led me right to it (in a wooden case on the floor along with the other Westys). The price per bottle of the 12 was 10.70 euros and I picked up a couple of them. I should have grabbed a couple other bottles, but my money on hand was dwindling after a couple hours at Cafe Gollem.
If you visit Amsterdam and care about your beer, this store is an absolute MUST. When I make it back to Amsterdam, I will make it one of my first stops.
03-21-2007 02:17:55 | More by Blybloke
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.2/5 rDev -8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On my second trip to Amsterdam I found this newly opened beerstore, right across from cafe gollem.
Quite small inside but a decent selection of high quality brews, not on par with de bierkoning but the service is much better, the scottish guy i dealt with on a number of occasions was very helpful and friendly
I ended up only taking a few bottles as i'd stocked up in de bierkoning for the journey home already, but i got a nice bottle of drie fonteinen oude gueuze and some other interesting stuff
Definatly worth a look, plus u can order stuff and get it shipped which is pretty handy
07-16-2006 21:37:47 | More by cypressbob
4/5 rDev -13%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
While cafe gollem was closed we ventured to find de Gekraakte ketel- and guess what- it's right in front. i expected a bit more from this place. as we walked in it has a cava like style with the beer selection in the first section and harder liquors ar the back (well, it's about 20sq meters so it isn't too far back). we were served by a scottish bloke who we asked about the beers they carried. while the selection must excede 120, it wasn't too amazing when compared to the Bierkoning, which is THE PLACE in amsterdam. i liked it, tho. prices were alright and some things they don't carry at the king's they do have here (read: deus, for example). I was quite glad and although my budget right then and there didn't allow me to make purchases, i did take note for next time.
07-11-2006 20:05:40 | More by Andreji
De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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