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Brouwerij 't IJ

Not Rated.
Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 618
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Funenkade 7
Amsterdam, 1018 AL
Netherlands
phone: +31 20 622 8325

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @brouwerijtij

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Photo of GOGRANDE
4.13/5  rDev +1%

This place was slammed with locals. If your in Amsterdam you gotta go! Everyone was drinking and having a great time. I went in there with a local friend and we had a blast. I mean how can you not have fun at a brewery in a windmill in Amsterdam?

The beer was really good. They had like 5 taps or so of belgian stuff that was pretty tasty. The people were great, I had so much fun. I had a double and a triple. Both were drafts and they also had plenty of beer to-go. Good times, I love traveling and drinking beer! I hope I can do this the rest of my life.

GOGRANDE, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of bnietz
3.15/5  rDev -23%

I was really looking forward to visiting this place after reading reviews of the place.

Sorry folks, I was bitterly disappointed. It's Bock beer season in the Netherlands so naturally I had to try their bock. It was not very good.

Then I tried their Plzen (Pilsner) and I wasn't too happy with that either.

My wife and I sat outside at their beergarden type layout outside the tasting area, and that was the best part of the experience.

Maybe I was there on an off day, but I ran into a guy who was at 't Arendsnest the day before and he wasn't very impressed as well.

bnietz, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Soozy
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%

A hike from Central Station, but easy to get to and worth the trip. Took us about 30-45 minutes walking to get there. Make an afternoon trip of it.

We went for a tour, but they only offered them on Friday afternoons so we just sat outside and enjoyed some of their 2euro beers. Friendly staff, can't beat the price in Amsterdam, and a good selection. I believe they had all of their regulars on tap and all their seasonals were offered in bottles. Even had a take-away variety pack.

The beer place to go in central Amsterdam. Most cafes and bars carry bottles of their beers for cheaper than pints of Heineken too.

Soozy, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of schuim
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

This still is a classic brewpub to visit. A great atmospher and a typical style of Amsterdam humor. The big plus is that the beer tastes much better in here then when you drink it some where else. Much less sour.

It is actualy a simple interior, next to beer the choices of what to eat and drink a limited, but the main thing is; there is IJ beer.

The location is especialy nice with terras weather, sitting outside next to the brewery. Although a little outside the centre it still is worth visit.

If you go there combine it with the must see bars in amsterdam Wildeman and Arendsnest.

schuim, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of mattcomstock213
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

This is one of my favorite places in Amsterdam. Its so easy to spot from Centraal Station being in a windmill that directions are simple. It is a little far but worth the journey.
The beer is excellent and the service it great. They do tours frequntly and are always happy to answer questions.
The food is minimal, a cheese plate if you are hungery, but we are there for the beer, which it cheap considering the quality you get and the going rate for Hienken in the rest of the city.
Great, great place. I even bought a t-shirt.

mattcomstock213, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of ndolover
4.54/5  rDev +11%

Our party sought this place out as more of a afternoon trip. It is off the beaten track but well worth it! What hit be was the beer drinkers.
They were there for great beer.

You can see the windmill building from far away. However, it just sort of pops out at you. The inside is a bit dingy and industrial. However the service is brisk and the beers are superior to most other amsterdam breweries. We were there for a happy hour period apparently as they closed down at 5:00.

If you are in Amsterdam and love beer and hanging with beer drinkers. Seek this place out.

ndolover, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of chemmie
4.13/5  rDev +1%

I went to Brouwerij 't IJ while on vacation in Amsterdam, bought the t-shirt, and have been getting comments ever since! Every beer festival, somebody notices.
The beer isn't too hard to find around Amsterdam, but visiting the tasting room is an experience in itself. It's a small building and a little smoke-filled and dingy inside, but it really is a great atmosphere. I met a few other American tourists while there and had some great conversation about the beer.
Also, the beer and glassware store De Bierkonig is owned or managed or something by one of the brewers. I talked to him at both places, but don't remember what his relation is to both places.
Overall, if I get back to Amsterdam, I will be back at the IJ Brewery for some cheap beer that is delicious and a t-shirt that always gets a comment. Try the Columbus, it's great.

chemmie, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

I'm an avid Amsterdam Vacationer (10 trips in 10 years) and the Brouwerij 't IJ is always a nice spot to visit when the weather permits.

I recommend enjoying 2 euro pints of the Brouwerijs offerings at one of the several long wooden picnic tables in the outdoor seating area.

Make sure not to pass up the sausage plates and the cheese plates that they offer.

When locating the Brouwerij just look for the windmill!

They also offer short Brouwerij tours at scheduled times. I have yet to take one but will probably do so eventually.

koopa, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%

Have been here several times. It is one of the most essential and most special beer destinations in Amsterdam. It's a bit of a trek from Central Amsterdam, a nice bike ride or a hell of a walk. The atmosphere is incredible, one of the most beautiful breweries I've ever seen. Inside, you will find a busy U shaped bar, with very reasonably priced beers and great service. All of the patrons are locals or occasional beer hunters. Last time I was there the beers were 2 euros a glass, a bargain. The beers are very high in quality, mostly in the Belgian style. Overall, it is an incredible beer stop, a place I will never forget and a place I hope to visit in the future. If you go to Amsterdam and you do not go to this brewery, check yourself into a physciatric facility when you get back.

Crosling, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.2%

I had heard of this brewpub long before i came to Amsterdam (i had seen a few shirts, etc) and wasnt expecting anything terrific due to the B+ rating which i found misleading.

First of all, this was another accidental find. We were wandering towards the windmill since you kind of have to see 1 windmill when you come to holland and i eventually realized this brewpub was on the same street. When we arrived, i learned that the brewpub was actually directly beneath the windmill!

This spot is located way away from the touristy city-center but we still walked it, since we were exploring. It's not hard to find if you have the address, a good map, and a sense of navigation.

There were very long picnic tables out front (maybe seating 30 people each) and an open forum inside with some more seating.

There were probably 8 beers on tap - I had the Zatte and Columbus, both of which i found better than their reviews. I also scooped a sweet t-shirt.

We only had some appetizers - cheese/sausage and the lovely dutch bitterballen, all of which was good - but i'll refrain from formally rating the food as these were just snacks and i didnt see if there was a bigger menu or not

The taps were cheap as hell in my opinion...2-3 euros tops depending on the beer

its a bit out of the way, but if you go to amsterdam with beer destinations in mind, you need to find your way out here

dirtylou, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Brouwerij 'T Ij...the brewery with the windmill!

We got to Brouwerij 'T Ij early, too early because they weren't open yet. So we made our way to a cafe across the street for a Maredsous 8 (draught) and a Wieckse Wit in anticipation of the brewery opening. Once opened we were the first inside! It later filled up quite a bit and by the time we left the outside was packed.

The walls are lined with a very old bottle collection from all over the world. The 2 female bartenders we very nice and spoke poor english, but they were very helpful with my many questions. We did the sampler and then ended with a pint of their dubbel. The other stand outs were the Columbus and their Wit (Ijwit) I bought a t shirt for support.

If in Amsterdam, take a cab of the 12 tram to the Brouwerij 't ij, it is a must! What a great building for photos also!

ATPete, May 05, 2008
Photo of Onslow
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Went with Gert-Jan and Hans...This was our first stop of the evening and the place was Packed!!!! But it wasn't that bad at all. Good beers,good cheese,more good beer. A great place to have a few good beers. Make sure to try the Vlo (sometimes you can be lucky and grab it on tap, or try the BierKonig for a bottle).. Is a small quaint little place but you almost feel like you are drining at an old friends house, but can be very busy at peak hours, but its really not that bad. enjoy the huge bottle collection on the wall, and try some cheese while you're at it.. a MUST if in Amsterdam!

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Goddamn, this place is hard to find! After seemingly endless wondering through the streets of Amsterdam (no we weren't high yet) we finally spotted the windmill. Unfortunately when we walked up to the bar, the bartender told us in perfect English that they had just closed.

The next day.... we went back, and after a slightly less endless series of wrong turns, we arrived at about 3pm, leaving us plenty of time to sample their brews.

The place was packed. There really isn't much in the way of indoor seating, and the tables outside were laughably inadequate for the huge crowd of mostly young locals drinking that afternoon. People had spread out, sitting on curbs and railings, sipping their beers and so my friends and I did the same. Normally this sort of thing would really put me off, but it was a very relaxed atmosphere, right next to a canal on a nice day and it was actually quite pleasant.

The service was fine for what it was. Efficient bar service and a few people walking around collecting glasses. As far as I know they didn't have any food.

The selection was pretty good, with 5 of their own beers on tap.

The beer itself was obviously the focus of the experiance and it was where 't IJ really shined. Their beers were all unique, slightly sour, a little funky, and quite refreshing (especially after a couple of days of drinking, god help me, mostly Heineken. The styles included a Wit beer, a dubble and a couple of other things that were delightfully difficult to identify.

In addition to being quite good, the beers were also relatively inexpensive. They mostly cost around 2 euros, a bit more for some of the stronger ones. This was nice as it allowed us to try all of them over the course of a long afternoon.

nickfl, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

+ We visited the brewery on a Saturday and the place was packed from when we entered on 3 pm untill we left at 5;30. There was a mixed crowd with a number of tourists, but most of the people were Dutch. On the wall there were dusty bottles, which were covered by spider webs. The place looked pretty old, but this was also kind of charming.

+ We got the tour and the guy who showed us around, did not have a lot of brewing knowledge. Who knew that in the mash tun the malt and water are cooked and you can get endless alcoholpercentages if you leave the beer in the fermentation vessel long enough. There were a couple more of these stories that weren't quite right. However, it was a nice story and the brewery looked nice. Maybe except for the mess it was at certain places, empty crates were everywhere.
Then we entered the bar where we drank the Plzn, which is a top fermented pilsner with a good bitterness; IJwit, a witbier which was way too sweet, almost not 100% fermented; Struis, also way too sweet and unbalanced and the Columbus which was great, balanced, malty and bitter. So, overall the beers were not great, but not too bad. ( I noticed that the bottled versions usually develop a rather tangy, sour taste).
+ Prices were very low, 1,70 euro for the 5% beers and 2 euro for the 9%ABV beers.
+ We ordered some cheese and dry sausage which were very nice and combined very good with the beer.

+ The brewery is opened from Wednesday till Sunday, 15:00 till 20:00h. Take bus 22 in the direction of Insulindeweg. Every Friday afternoon at 4 'o clock there is a free tour. Other times and dates will cost 3 euro per person. Minimum 20 people, but you can always hook up with other people.

Absumaster, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Well away from the more touristy bars and streets, this Dutch gem should be sought out by any beer lover, the stroll along the waters edge from Central Station will do you good and build up your thirst as well. However, check the opening times first, normal hours they are not.

Friendly staff add to its appeal, a full afternoon, with no plans for the evening is the best way to attack this place.

Their own beers should all be tried, tasty and clean, on the most part, a good selection for such a small brewery with such a small windmill!

BlackHaddock, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of rudyarmand
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Wow! I recently travelled to Holland, Belgium and Germany with two buddies. We stopped in at several or more bars/pubs eah day. I tried many legendary trappist ales and worldclass beers. I enjoyed the Brouwerij 't IJ best of all.

The brewery is in an old windmill in Amsterdam which is way cool. The brewery is the watering hole for regular folks after a hard days work (riding your bicycle can develop a thirst!). Although its not fancy or classy inside, the atmosphere is unique with all the beer bottles on the walls and the brewing equipment behind the door to the backroom.

All the locals were unbelievably friendly and I joined a table of good friends and we talked and drank excellent beer for hours. I have to rave on the Columbus offering. It had the taste and drinkability of any world class ale at only 1.90 euros for a fresh glass from the tap. Delicious!

You should probably take the #10 trolley out to the brew pub and save your feet. I walked through the red light district, past the zoo, and another long four blocks or so until I saw the windmill. It is crowded but what a great place! I will return!

rudyarmand, May 07, 2006
Photo of ridedammit
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

I will qualify this review by saying I was really feeling quite good when I visited, so read with that in mind. A and I walked all over trying to find this place, fortunately we made it before it closed. When we visited (last time was in 1999) it was open only 3 or 4 days a week, and only for a few hours. The place was packed, but we did find a seat inside at a large table. This was nice since you can easily strike up a conversation with a neighbor.

The beer was tasty, then again, it might have been lousy but I was having a pretty good time, so the beer was good. Its akin to a long hiking day and the crappy mac and cheese you make for dinner being the best thing you ever tasted.

If you are in amsterdam on a Thursday or Friday try to make it to the 't IJ
you wont regret it.

ridedammit, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of cypressbob
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Located slightly outside the city, the brewery is part of an old windmill

Inside its quite quaint, bottles adorn the walls, along with some other breweriana. Quite a few people in, the majority seemed to be dutch but i heard a few german accents down the bar.

They had four of their beers on tap, the rest bottled. I had columbus while i was there, a fantastic strong belgian style pale ale, spicy and warming. Had the wit, zatte and struis too

The bar is a bit sparse, and the service is just ok, but they pour the beers like pros.

The beers are ridiculously cheap, 1.90 for a tap beer and 2.20 for the bottled.

You probably wouldnt want to spend a whole day here, but to try the beer at the brewery as fresh as possible has to be experienced, plus theres a great little tapas bar right beside it which has a couple of their beers too

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Andreji
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

I can't really underrank the place because this is just simply a proeflokaal, so it's not really meant for you to have a blooming social experience.

I rode my bike after exiting In de Wildeman and stopping for lunch at Burger King (gotta spare some budget there) over in front of the Centraal Station and thereon it was a pretty easy ride. you first spot the mill and get there quite easily to encounter a big "bierbrouwerij 't IJ" sign. the proeflokaal is just behind the mill.

Stepping in, this place doesn't try to be anything else that what it actually is: the back room of a brewery. swivel doors would just guide you to the fermentation tanks, which you can spot through the egg-shaped windows.

Three brits sitting at one end of the bar, one dutch at the other and the bartender which seemed to have a bit of a hippie air. I sat on the tables- empty at this time, and ordered progressively through their selection of available IJbrews- Natte, Zatte, Columbus, Scharrel and Struis. the place begun to get crowded and it was a further more pleasant environment.

The place is notably cheap- most beers are around 1.90euro and don't go above 2.20euro. you can also get a bit of paraphernalia but then you'd really have to be a hardcore IJfan. enjoyable experience, but I guess there's only so much to expect from it.

Andreji, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%

A little jet-lag on my first day in Europe did not deter me from a nice stroll from my hotel to the 't IJ brewpub. I was in AMS from Sunday to Tuesday, so Sunday afternoon was my only chance, as it's closed Mon/Tues. Set aside a cool windmill on the eastern edge of town... has a slew of chairs and some tables outside for when the weather is nice and/or when the inside gets overcrowded. And it does! Some people were even just sitting on the curb out front quaffing. Try that in the US! I entered through the end door, and inside the place is long and narrow, about 15' x 60'... the bar is along the back, left side, and there are long tables in one near corner and some small tables near the windows opposite the bar. Just aft of the bar to the left is some brewing equipment visible in a back room. All along the tops of the walls are 3 or 4 shelves packed with assorted, extremely dusty bottles, the majority of which were Dutch biers... The lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling had what looked like ostrich egg-shell lampshades. Old posters of bier and bier-related items also adorn the walls. Place is not a bastion of spotlessness, but is has a warm, comfy feel....a place I could hang in for hours. Service is only available at the bar....just mosey on up, order, pay and quaff. People were lugging trays of brew from the bar out to the street and side patio... The 'tenders were very friendly and helpful with my inquiries. They had 2 of their bottles biers plus 4 draft 't IJ brews (wine, too). I had 3 biers on site, and all were tasty and well-made. I especially enjoyed the Columbus. I wish I had the hours available to spend there.
Prosit!!

overall: 4.36
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: n/a | $

90

Bierman9, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +1%

The Brouwerij ‘t IJ, pronounced “eye”, is the best place to taste the Breweries offerings.

One point worthy of note > The “IJ Proeflokaal” is not really a Brew-Pub at all, not least in the ‘classic’ sense. Visitors are often bemused to find this place closed on Mon. & Tues. & always after 8pm. So do not set out for this place in the late evening. A 'Proeflokaal' is strictly speaking only supposed to be a “Tasting Café”, this allows the Brewery to sell its beers to the public for a few hours each day, whilst allowing them to actually try them at the same time. Having a ‘Proeflokaal’, as opposed to a full blown Bar, or Café, has certain tax advantages on the upside, but quite severe opening restrictions on the down side. As such, this is why the Proeflokaal is only allowed to open during certain restrictive hours, & it never opens at night.

That’s the downside, get here at 3pm when it opens though, & its all good news. I have been here several times, once I walked it from the Main Train Station, but other times I caught the Bus (#22, I think) that stops almost outside. Either way it is an experience. Set in the Eastern Docks on the waterfront, it certainly is heart warming to see the great massive Windmill above the Brewery. Quite a unique setting.

Once inside, the interior is rather basic, wooden and well-worn. Rows of bottled beers line the walls on shelves. The range of Beers produced, are usually all on sale on draft, at least if supplies are available. All of the bottled beers, including some of the Seasonal beers in Bottles are for sale as well. Another point worthy of note is the fact that the Draft Beers are Filtered, but the Bottled ones are not; so it is worth trying both versions if you are one of those curious types of people like me.

Only served plates of Cheese & Cold Meat Snacks when I was there, but it was jam packed with Amsterdam Characters which made up for it. Left-overs from 1963, Drop-Outs, those “really cool Art Teachers that you had at school” types, Weedies, bespectacled Lennon look-alikes, Hippies & a healthy smattering of Tourists plus Beer-Geeks. Superb & very Funny at times!!!

It’s a while since I have been here, but I greatly enjoyed the experience on every occasion. I hear from my friends that have been here as recently as a few months ago, that is has not changed at all since I last came here.

Get here early in the afternoon, try & avoid the often thick acrid Purple Haze & concentrate on the beers – it's well worth it.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 17, 2003
Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.