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Brouwerij 't IJ

Not Rated.
Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -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 BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -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 Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%

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 nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

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 metter98
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

metter98, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of AlexM
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

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 ndolover
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.

ndolover, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Fluffheady
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

Fluffheady, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Andreji
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

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 DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -2%

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!

DrinkSlurm, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Jackofallbrews, May 22, 2014
Photo of Crosling
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%

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 BreweryRun
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BreweryRun, Tuesday at 04:44 PM
Photo of ridedammit
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

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 sansho
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

sansho, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of jneiswender
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

jneiswender, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of AdamNowek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

AdamNowek, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

vermilcj, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

DeanMoriarty, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

millelacsmark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of rudyarmand
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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 ATPete
4/5  rDev -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
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Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.