Brouwerij 't IJ
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 578
Beer Avg: 3.74
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by Shumista:
3.94/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
The windmill brewery as my friends called it was located on our way into the city center from our hostel during our weekend in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, because of their odd hours (3 pm-8 pm), I was only able to stop in once at what should have been a nice daily spot to relax and get a beer after a day in the city center.
The hours aside my visit to the brewery was pleasant and enjoyable, and the beers were tasty. I have to admit that my evaluation of the beers may have been somewhat biased, as I have been living in Madrid, Spain for the past 2 months, where finding craft beer is damn near impossible. Any barleywine would have tasted good I think after going two months without. I tried the aforementioned barleywine, and their spring seasonal while my friend tried their wit. All of the beers were good, but I especially liked the wit my friend got, it was a very bright unique interpretation, and at 7% it wasn't messing around.
The atmosphere was fairly minimalist, it looks alot like you would expect the inside of a windmill in Amsterdam to look like. I have to say I've never liked it when bars and breweries decorate their walls with empty beer bottles like this place has. I don't find it creative, and in the case of a brewery that only serves their own beer it seems especially out of place to me. I'm nitpicking with that criticism, on the whole the brewery atmosphere was warm and charmingly simple.
The service gets extra points for the bartender being able to explain to me not only in English but also in beer lingo what all of the beers were like when I couldn't understand the dutch tap list. Everyone at the brewery was friendly and talkative. Selection was solid for a small brewery, at 7 or 8 beers, all of them fairly unique and certainly spanning the spectrum well from a wit and pilsenser to a dubbel, trippel and a barleywine. The prices were incredible, at 1.50-3 euros per beer, with most being about 2.
Overall a great stop, even if it is a little bit off the beaten path.
03-20-2011 16:39:41 | More by Shumista
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4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Located next to the Gooyer windmill, this is one of the most picturesque breweries I have visited! They have been open since 1985, in a building that used to be a municipal bath house, and have been crafting beer there ever since. The bar is a newer addition and they had 6 beers on tap when we visited. They are one of the only breweries we saw in Belgium and the Netherlands that actually offer a sampler, so we were able to try all the beers amongst our group. The walls of the tasting room are old and cracked white tiles from its bath house days and are lined with dusty and faded beer bottles. My Minnesota radar was on and I spotted a Fitgers sticker on one of the doors. Most of the beers were Belgian style, like a tripel, dubbel, and wit, but had a house flavor that didn't quite fit those categories.
The tripel and wit were a bit rough on the finish...perhaps too much coriander or other spices? Their Struiss barleywine was fantastic though, dripping with dark fruit, sugar, yeastiness and complexity. The busy family style bench and table set up in the room encouraged talking to neighbors and we ended up discussing beer with Canadian ex-pats and several locals. A very fun place to visit and worth the trip out there.
05-22-2014 15:47:24 | More by Jackofallbrews
4.93/5 rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
this place is awesome! do yourself a favor and get a sampler and grab a seat outside! they had a good selection of beer and my personal favorite was the IPA. the atmosphere was great they had big outdoor picnic tables, so you were able to sit with other people and enjoy beer. but one of my personal favorite feature of this brewery was it was located right beside a windmill. if you've ever been to Amsterdam you know everything is only a stone throw away, so with that being said hit this place up
04-02-2014 00:45:19 | More by victorb27
3.89/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Damn this building is cool. On the inside the selection is pretty typical of a brewery. Slightly disappointing there isn’t anything more special on draft than what they bottle and distribute, because everything we tried was really great. There is an enormous beer garden out front. Lots of people on beer tour mixed with lots of locals enjoying an afternoon brew.
11-25-2013 03:00:50 | More by Fluffheady
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$
very cool setting in amsterdam, on a nice day the patio is very cool where you can sit under some trees and sip their beers and enjoy some quality people watching. beer isn't amazing, but a fun hour or 2 hanging out at a great spot. definitely recommend to folks visiting amsterdam...easy tram ride from city center.
09-13-2013 16:20:14 | More by kctobin72
Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.