Brouwerij 't IJ
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 578
Beer Avg: 3.74
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4.39/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
ZATTE is where its AT! On a solo backpacking trip last summer I met a few guys at the flying pig and we journeyed over to this place. After a long walk we got there and it was closed (and raining) my spirits sank deeply but thankfully they opened up and hooked us up with samplers. Natte, zatte, wit, columbus, etc. not expensive in any way and good pours of each. my favorite by far was zatte. If i ever get back to amsterdamn this is going to be one of my first stops. the guy that served us behind the bar is one of the brewers and he's able to actually talk beer with you in english. Its good to meet new exciting people in new exciting places and this is a great place to do so. thanks to the guys at brouwerij't IJ, they really made that day a good one!
03-29-2012 14:47:56 | More by DarthTremens
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Went to this place with my wife during the summer. Great place to grab a few glasses of the house beer and a plate of salami and cheese.
Very chilled atmosphere for such a busy and young place. Really enjoyed it here.
Beers were reasonable in price and the service was very nice.
Bartenders are very nice and will help you out with anything. They also speak english.
I am not aware of parking but then again its such a walking and biking city who cares.
Also, you can't really miss it. Its under the windmill.
03-23-2012 22:52:49 | More by jneiswender
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Stoped by this place on my trip through Amsterdam in September.
Its situated on the outside of town, walking distance from Dam Sq if you want to burn all the beer calories off.
You cant miss this place. Its a huge wooden windmill! It has great communal wooden benches outside, covered with vines. Dogs and local youth chilling outside. Inside, there are a few benches and lots of stools at the bar. Beer bottles all over the walls, most of which I never heard of.
Service was very friendly...they serve house brews only on tap. I had the columbus, Natte, Zatte, and Wit. And at like 3 euro each, makes this place the cheapest for great beer in Amsterdam (probbaly). Each beer was fantastic, but the Zatte was my favorite.
They did have a smoked meat and cheese plate, but didnt try it. Other than that, I didnt notice any food.
I do think I saw some people buying some 12oz bottles to go...so I guess they have take home brews.
This is deff worth a visit if you find yourself in Amsterdam. Plus, I wasnt ready to shell out 20euro to visit the Heineken factory...this is fairly close to it, but not touristy; oh and good beer to boot!
01-13-2012 21:09:51 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I visited this brewery tap on a Friday evening in late October 2011. To get there, either take tram 10 from Leidseplein to Hoogte Kadijk, or tram 14 from Dam Square to Portanusstraat. It is a two minute walk from either stop.
It only opens from 3pm to 8pm and seems to be very popular, being filled with (mostly) locals chatting away and having a few beers. The pub is located in a former bath-house just beside/underneath the windmill. It has fairly basic decor; white tilled walls, shelves lined with a myriad of old beer bottles, wodden tables and chairs/benches. The best way to get served is to go up to the bar, but wait service may be available. I had their Bokbier (as it is bokbier season) and also a couple of others including Struise (in a bottle). We also had some Skeapsrond; - a sheeps cheese made with molk from sheep fed with spent malts from the brewery. Very nice with a beer.
It is cheaper to drink here than other places in Amsterdam, so that contributes to it's popularity. It is a nice place to spend a couple of hours.
10-28-2011 15:08:09 | More by JohnfromDublin
3.23/5 rDev -20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
The overall atmosphere is that of a local watering hole/secret among the locals interspersed with a few tourists who have either wandered unknowingly or luckily to this quaint brewery; Myself belonging to the latt
er. The Ij Brewery is a good escape from the overpriced and tourist saturated parts of the city and is a must visit on any respective beer nerds to do list. Arrive early and find a place to sit or stand, inside or out. Relax with the locals who have lived in Amsterdam or enjoy the experience with friends, albeit, and intimate experience is probably best saved for another venue due to the large crowds that gather here.
The brewery itself is a small operation but has and is expanding throughout the Netherlands and mostly Amsterdam. Ij beers can be found in many shops throughout the city including Albert Heijn, Super de Boer, and the Dirk 3.
The beers are good, but I believe most of the ratings on this site to be a bit inflated for a few reasons that may stem from either inexperience, or just the added buzz from such an interesting place transferring over to the at best, average beer quality. Most of the beers have a beef quality too the taste with a saliva type mouth feel that is present to the finish. Imagine drinking a beer with a beef bullion cube dissolving in the middle of it and this is the best way I can describe it. Similar to the taste of a musty cellar. More than likely due to the type of Hops that the brewers use., as this taste is present in all of the beers.
They offer a white beer cheese and a selection of meats to quell an empty stomach, and they do not suck. That is all I ever had when visiting and I suggest checking their website for a better idea.
Atmosphere in this respect trumps overall quality.
10-02-2011 12:54:43 | More by jagadd
4.01/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
"The name Brouwerij ‘t Ij means ‘The Ij Brewery‘ – Ij being the name of the body of water at Amsterdam’s waterfront. Phonetically ‘Ij’ also sounds identical to the dutch word for egg.”
On my trip to Amsterdam this year we took a hike outside the Old Centre to this place. The brewery is housed in what I believe is the oldest/and or tallest wooden windmill in Amsterdam. The atmosphere is great with a large standing room or a seat outside under the vines. A very large and old beer bottle collection lines the walls. There are 10 organic beers I believe, I tried most all of them. Very impressive and worth the walk.
09-13-2011 04:01:23 | More by Neorebel
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
Enjoyed a sampler here as well as a couple extras once I was done with the sampler. I had the Natte, Zatte, the Pilzen, and something else I forget. All were enjoyable...nothing groundbreaking, but enjoyable. The pilzen was my least favorite. It was just typical and didn't offer any greatness over other common pilsners. All beers were very reasonably priced.
The brewery itself is on the outskirts of Amsterdam in a residential neighborhood. It's inside a windmill, which is cool. The benches outside on which to enjoy some beers are nice, and there are vines all around you. Some small snacks are available, like some cheese made just for the brewery which was quite good (had a nice farmhouse funk to it). There are also nuts, hardboiled eggs, salami, etc.
Tours are available, but if you've been on a few before, they're very similar and unneeded. If you're in Amsterdam, stop by here to enjoy some beers outside on a nice day.
06-14-2011 22:46:30 | More by jbertsch
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
To begin with, I should admit that my experience at Brouwerij 't IJ may or may not be truly representative of the average experience (though looking at their photo on their website, I am lead to believe that it is). It was a very warm day, with temps in the mid-70s. The sun was shining, and it was as if all of Amsterdam wanted to come hang out at the brewery. It was PACKED. With no seating outside or in, I was at least able to find a small piece of wall to lean against and sip my beer.
That said, I was very impressed with the service. Inside, three bartenders were doing a remarkable job managing the hordes of people. The lines continuously stretched well outside the door all afternoon, but the three bartenders quickly took orders and handed you your beer within seconds. There is very little food to be had at the Brewery, but if you do order a plate of cheese or salami, the plates are all pre-prepared so there is no wait time after ordering. There was also an eight year old girl (who looked startlingly similar to Shirley Temple) collecting empty glasses.
The selection, though reasonable, was slightly disappointing with two of their beers already sold out by early afternoon (I have no way of knowing whether they sold out that day, or if they simply had never been replenished from the day(s) previous.) There were four of their beers on tap (Natte, Wit, Passij, and Columbus), and they were also selling bottles of Struis.
In terms of the atmosphere, the location is lovely. The brewery is in an old windmill right along the water, and the outdoor patio seating surrounds the base of the mill. Though crowded, everyone was good natured and friendly.
If large crowds don't frighten you and you want to enjoy a good beer on a sunny day, go for it. But there are other spots in town that offer a greater selection and a bit more quietude that lead me to think I will likely not return.
04-23-2011 15:28:48 | More by rinhaak
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
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is another great place to visit while in Amsterdam. I actually walked all the way from the city center, though. I'd recommend some other way of transit, as it took around 35 minutes each way. But you'll see it if you're walking, right in a huge windmill! A great landmark for anyone visiting Holland.
There are benches and such all around the windmill. Almost all seating is outside, and it's right next to the road. There's a river on the other side, I'm not sure why they don't build a patio overlooking the river. Would have been a better atmosphere, but as it stands, the atmosphere is not good.
The beer though, is pretty good, with a great selection of different types. Then you can get a wide array of bar food, including a cheese platter, nuts, etc. Self-service at the large bar inside. Good prices, from 1.90 to 3 euro a pint depending on the beer.
08-19-2010 05:06:39 | More by pauljmccain
Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.