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Brouwerij 't IJ

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Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 597
Beer Avg: 3.73
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 ndolover
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%

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 +1.5%

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 -2.2%

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 01, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.56/5  rDev +12%

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 -1.7%

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 -1.7%

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%

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%

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%

+ 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 -1.7%

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
Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.