De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle)
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3.94/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Smaller than the Bierkoning, with a smaller selection and less organized, though they had many different beers. Mostly Dutch and Belgian though there's a small American, British and German section. Nice place but average compared with the Bierkoning. One complaint I would have is that there's a wall of bottles right by the front door which is glass and I imagine these bottles get some direct sunlight for part of the day. There's an upstairs area as well that was really chaotic, up those typical steep Amsterdam stairs, but there were so many boxes lying around on the floor, I wasn't able to see everything up there.
06-11-2011 18:06:38 | More by sfprint
4/5 rDev -13%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.15/5 rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here tonight (nov 7-2009) with 12 westvleteren12 bottles to trade some beer. I wanted to have some from all over the world. Below in the shop there are mostly the Belgium and Dutch beers. On the first floor are the beers from Germany and from the rest of the world. I was very well advised by the guy who was there, a man from Scotland.
If you are in Amsterdam its worth going there. On the other side of the small alley is Cafe Gollem.
The next weeks i can review the beers i have traded. A nice way to get to know a few unknown beers.
11-07-2009 22:29:36 | More by Brabander
4.2/5 rDev -8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by here with my wife on a recent trip to Holland. I head read alot of reviews of things place. Mostly good but some no so good. Overall my experience was very good. Cool little store with a great selection of Belgian beers and nice addition of some English and German beers I wanted but didn't have the room to drag home on the train. I ended up just getting a Struise glass that I had been looking for for some time. They had a handful of hard to find STruise beers at decent prices. I also saw a crate or 2 of Westvleteren 12 but I wasn't in the market at the time to buy any. They had a few bottles from DFH and a few other American craft brewers which was cool to see. Although I doubt they were for sale, they also had some bottles in the back from Lost Abbey and Stone.
Worth a trip if you are in Amsterdam and it is one of the best shops in town.
Forgot to mention, right when you walk in the door there is a cool bench made out of Westvletern crates. Really cool.
05-17-2008 19:18:56 | More by ggaughan
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.2/5 rDev -8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On my second trip to Amsterdam I found this newly opened beerstore, right across from cafe gollem.
Quite small inside but a decent selection of high quality brews, not on par with de bierkoning but the service is much better, the scottish guy i dealt with on a number of occasions was very helpful and friendly
I ended up only taking a few bottles as i'd stocked up in de bierkoning for the journey home already, but i got a nice bottle of drie fonteinen oude gueuze and some other interesting stuff
Definatly worth a look, plus u can order stuff and get it shipped which is pretty handy
07-16-2006 21:37:47 | More by cypressbob
4.2/5 rDev -8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I went the order on line route for this place as I saw it mentioned in a post on BA.
Ordering was easy enough and I asked for 3 bottles each of Pannepot Grand Reserva, Guinness Special Export(John Martin), Berliner Kindlweisse, and 2 bottles of Westvleteren 6, which actually turned out to be the Blonde. I emailed them about the wrong labelling of the 6 and they have fixed that.
Anywho, they were very quick with their email responses to any questions I had but apparently, after a few weeks, I found out that they were out of the Berliner and were waiting for more to come in.
It took roughly a month and a half before I got my beers but they were well packaged and all were in great condition. The cost was very high due to the rate of exchange between the Dollar and the Euro but I knew that when I went into this transaction. Rates have since changed and are much better for US consumers.
Other than the out of stock predicament which wasn't shown on their website, I'd say the overall experience was pretty darned good. I can recommend them.
11-16-2008 16:14:26 | More by Bitterbill
4.3/5 rDev -6.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.35/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Good beer? yea you could say that. Not really much bad there, particulary lots of Belgiums and lots of other great stuff too.
As with most people in Amsterdam, person working there was great.
They even had beer from Colorado breweries, Great Divide, Left Hand and a few others. Not very big place though. I bo which i had bught a filtered Duvel, a lovely sour and a St. Bernardus Six which I had never seen before
Well, i guess it is not thier fault the dollar is so weak.
Had a nice time talking to the clerk before Gollem opned.
04-24-2008 05:05:39 | More by bierme
4.44/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
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
4.5/5 rDev -2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place during my trip to Amsterdam a few weeks ago.
This little shop is just across the street from Cafe Gollem which probably is the best pub in Amsterdam :)
Nice cozy wooden interior with huge shelves packed with beer from all over the world but mainly Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Great selection!
Owner was very friendly, professional and a true beer enthusiast.
This is the best beershop in Amsterdam hands down! Not to be missed! I'll make sure to stop by this shop whenever i happen to in the area.
10-07-2008 16:53:50 | More by baggio
De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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