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De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle)

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De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle)De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle)

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 6.52%
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Raamsteeg 3
Amsterdam, 1012 VZ
phone: +31 (0)20 624 0745
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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2006)
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Photo of StonePhil
5/5  rDev +8.7%

It's taken me a while to finally sit down and write this review but during the interim of my visit and this post I haven't forgotten the exceptional service and selection that this place offers.

The shop itself was located in an alley and wasn't impressively large. However, they packed that store to the brim with walls of incredible beers. A good selection of Belgian and Trappist ales made up a good chunk of their selection but I was surprised to see that they also carried a Great Divide and I even saw a few Lost Abbey beers aging in a corner.

The staff were knowledgeable, friendly and down to Earth. They gave me several recommendations and also agreed to trade beers with me.

The prices were fair, even with the exchange rate as it is.

I'd definitely recommend this place to any BA's that happen to travel to Amsterdam.

StonePhil, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of cajang
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Just got back from a visit to this store. Right of Spui tram stop, second alley on the left. An arms length from Gollem, which I did not visit tonight.

Talked to a wonderful gentleman named Andy who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about beer. He certainly knew his beers. Had a great conversation about everything from the beer selection (he said it could easily be triple if they had the space or demand), to the history of John Martin Stout (new to me), to home brewing. He gave me some great suggestions on good value beers, and pointed me in the direction of some other good bars and breweries in Amsterdam. This small beer shop has a great selection of Belgium and Dutch beers as well as some American and English beers. I also spied a few Czech selections and a Corona.

They were selling all the Westy's for 10 Euro there, and I saw a couple pallates in the corner. Some RR Suplication and Tempation behind the counter and he even said he had a couple Lost Abbey upstairs. Black Albert for 6 Euro.

This is certainly a must visit if you are in Amsterdam. Easy to get to, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a world class selection... what more do you want?

cajang, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Blybloke
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Blybloke, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of pauljmccain
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

pauljmccain, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
5/5  rDev +8.7%

another absolutely world-class Amsterdam beer store.

This has a slight advantage over De Bierkoning in that it is located directly across the alley (about 3 feet) from a world class beer-bar in Cafe Gollem, so this 2-stop combination is strongly encouraged when in Amsterdam.

I hit Cafe Gollem first with my dad and then stumbled out to notice a beer store in front of me. I recognized the name as the other beerstore i really wanted to visit, and ironically i had no clue that it was going to be right here - what a great surprise.

the store was temporarily closed but i had very little time so i rang the bell and the shopkeep opened up for me (he was on his lunchbreak). I expressed my gratitude and mentioned that i had read about his store in the United States. This guy was fantastic and recommended some nice dutch brews and we had some great beer convos.

The Westy's were out and about at this stop too, and they had vintages of at least the 12 that dated back to 1998. Belgian and dutch beers were present in overwhelming quantities. This and De Bierkoning are not big stores (space-wise) but they are just overflowing with gems.

The US beer selection here was similar to De Bierkoning (great divide, terrapin, etc) but also had some shocking items - Port Hop 15?!?!? How the hell is that even possible? Apparently, they make trips to the States and import the beers themselves. I doubt its legal, but its sure cool. They also had the rarer DFH line available with hefty price tags.

A phenomenal experience.

dirtylou, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of rvdoorn
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

rvdoorn, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of weissbierdrinker
5/5  rDev +8.7%

I stayed in Amsterdam for a little over a year and while there this store was a frequent stop for me. After a while I got to know the staff and they where exceptionally nice and knowlegeable. They where able to recommend me beers in styles that I was looking for and also able to tell me about each one. They are willing to trade beers with you in their search for unusual hard to come by beers. The staff there, which ever employee you get, is great to talk to and very friendly. This is THE beerstore you need to visit while in Amsterdam

weissbierdrinker, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%

This is a must stop for anyone interested in beer who happens to find themselves in Amsterdam. It's a tiny little store but full of great beer, from floor to ceiling. Lots of treasures to be found. Rather than trying to remember and list them all here, you can check out their website for a good idea of what you'll find.

The Cracked Kettle was a little hard to find at first (Amsterdam can be a little confusing to get around,especially at night), but it's worth the effort. After fulfilling your beer shopping desires, take a few steps across the walkway and you're in the Cafe Gollem. Highly recommended.

JBogan, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of drseamus
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%

I had already spoken with one of the owners Andy before I left for my trip and we set up a trade ahead of time. I got there and was immediately greeted by Andy and I selected some good beers for the trade. This was the one exception to rude service in Central Amsterdam. It seems that there is a bias against younger Americans in the touristy areas of Amsterdam; not totally without reason I guess.

They have all the standard Belgian beers plus more including Westvleteren beers and a good selection of Dutch beers as well. For the ex-pats in the area, he does have some English and German (including Andechs) beers and is expanding his American selection as well. When I was there he had some Great Divide beers and various other brands as well. I was looking for some rare beers and he didn’t have them so he gave me directions to the other beer store in the city, De Beerkoning. Although De Beerkoning has a slightly bigger selection, I would definitely recommend The Cracked Kettle over De Beerkoning because I found the service to be much better.

drseamus, Jul 11, 2007
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De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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