Brouwerij 't IJ
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3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
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 -3.4%
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 -6.9%
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
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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
3.15/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
11-04-2009 00:29:01 | More by bnietz
4.44/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
07-28-2009 14:13:27 | More by Soozy
3.25/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
03-12-2009 17:31:11 | More by schuim
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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
4.54/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-06-2008 17:29:25 | More by ndolover
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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
Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.