Brouwerij 't IJ
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 579
Beer Avg: 3.73
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4/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
01-13-2012 21:09:51 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I visited this brewery tap on a Friday evening in late October 2011. To get there, either take tram 10 from Leidseplein to Hoogte Kadijk, or tram 14 from Dam Square to Portanusstraat. It is a two minute walk from either stop.
It only opens from 3pm to 8pm and seems to be very popular, being filled with (mostly) locals chatting away and having a few beers. The pub is located in a former bath-house just beside/underneath the windmill. It has fairly basic decor; white tilled walls, shelves lined with a myriad of old beer bottles, wodden tables and chairs/benches. The best way to get served is to go up to the bar, but wait service may be available. I had their Bokbier (as it is bokbier season) and also a couple of others including Struise (in a bottle). We also had some Skeapsrond; - a sheeps cheese made with molk from sheep fed with spent malts from the brewery. Very nice with a beer.
It is cheaper to drink here than other places in Amsterdam, so that contributes to it's popularity. It is a nice place to spend a couple of hours.
10-28-2011 15:08:09 | More by JohnfromDublin
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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.
05-22-2014 15:47:24 | More by Jackofallbrews
4.56/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
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.
08-02-2008 03:35:12 | More by Crosling
3.93/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I will qualify this review by saying I was really feeling quite good when I visited, so read with that in mind. A and I walked all over trying to find this place, fortunately we made it before it closed. When we visited (last time was in 1999) it was open only 3 or 4 days a week, and only for a few hours. The place was packed, but we did find a seat inside at a large table. This was nice since you can easily strike up a conversation with a neighbor.
The beer was tasty, then again, it might have been lousy but I was having a pretty good time, so the beer was good. Its akin to a long hiking day and the crappy mac and cheese you make for dinner being the best thing you ever tasted.
If you are in amsterdam on a Thursday or Friday try to make it to the 't IJ
you wont regret it.
03-04-2006 20:07:44 | More by ridedammit
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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.
03-23-2012 22:52:49 | More by jneiswender
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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!
05-07-2006 21:43:27 | More by rudyarmand
Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.