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Brouwerij 't IJ

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Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
18 Beers
681 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 14.6%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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 BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -1%
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!

Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Shumista
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of ridedammit
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Vibe: The brewery is quite a walk from the center of the city but upon arrival to the brewery, you are treated to a view of one of the few windmills in the city limits, which happened to be spinning. The brewery is located in a small building near the base and had a large outdoor seating area like a German biergarten. Hundreds of empty beer bottles decorated the walls inside.

Quality: Beers were served in the proper glassware at the proper temperature. I really liked the oversized snifter I got to try their Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Service: Service was very quick because there was a very large portion of the bar without chairs that people would walk up to and bring back items to their tables.

Selection: A total of eight beers were available on-tap. Prices were very inexpensive - less than 3€ for glasses and 8€ for a flight of five beers.

Photo of jneiswender
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Fluffheady
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of cypressbob
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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

Photo of pauljmccain
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of kctobin72
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of marceloxxxx
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of jbertsch
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Andreji
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of rinhaak
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

+ 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.

Photo of Heatherwx
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of schuim
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

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.

Photo of jagadd
3.23/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

7-01-2011
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.

Photo of bnietz
3.15/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Panayiotis
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.