Brouwerij 't IJ
Active Beers: 20
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Beer Avg: 3.73
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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
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
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
07-20-2008 18:31:28 | More by dirtylou
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
08-14-2006 15:28:27 | More by BlackHaddock
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
4.03/5 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
3.93/5 rDev -3%
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.
04-17-2013 06:06:13 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-01-2008 23:55:46 | More by koopa
4.54/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Our party sought this place out as more of a afternoon trip. It is off the beaten track but well worth it! What hit be was the beer drinkers.
They were there for great beer.
You can see the windmill building from far away. However, it just sort of pops out at you. The inside is a bit dingy and industrial. However the service is brisk and the beers are superior to most other amsterdam breweries. We were there for a happy hour period apparently as they closed down at 5:00.
If you are in Amsterdam and love beer and hanging with beer drinkers. Seek this place out.
12-06-2008 17:29:25 | More by ndolover
3.89/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
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.
11-25-2013 03:00:50 | More by Fluffheady
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
06-30-2005 10:27:56 | More by Andreji
Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.