Brouwerij 't IJ
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4.36/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
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.
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: n/a | $
09-01-2004 19:21:07 | More by Bierman9
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
4.13/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $
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.
09-04-2008 17:23:19 | More by chemmie
4.13/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
06-21-2010 15:09:20 | More by GOGRANDE
4.13/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
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.
Thats 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!!!
Its 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.
06-17-2003 00:44:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
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.
01-27-2009 17:54:06 | More by mattcomstock213
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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!
02-26-2008 13:56:58 | More by Onslow
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
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.
01-04-2008 06:07:29 | More by nickfl
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
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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!
05-05-2008 16:36:13 | More by ATPete
Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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