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Brouwerij 't IJ

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Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
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 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 vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

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

DeanMoriarty, Dec 05, 2013
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
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Onslow
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

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 Neorebel
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%

"The name Brouwerij ‘t Ij means ‘The Ij Brewery‘ – Ij being the name of the body of water at Amsterdam’s waterfront. Phonetically ‘Ij’ also sounds identical to the dutch word for egg.”

On my trip to Amsterdam this year we took a hike outside the Old Centre to this place. The brewery is housed in what I believe is the oldest/and or tallest wooden windmill in Amsterdam. The atmosphere is great with a large standing room or a seat outside under the vines. A very large and old beer bottle collection lines the walls. There are 10 organic beers I believe, I tried most all of them. Very impressive and worth the walk.

Neorebel, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of cypressbob
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

Located slightly outside the city, the brewery is part of an old windmill

Inside its quite quaint, bottles adorn the walls, along with some other breweriana. Quite a few people in, the majority seemed to be dutch but i heard a few german accents down the bar.

They had four of their beers on tap, the rest bottled. I had columbus while i was there, a fantastic strong belgian style pale ale, spicy and warming. Had the wit, zatte and struis too

The bar is a bit sparse, and the service is just ok, but they pour the beers like pros.

The beers are ridiculously cheap, 1.90 for a tap beer and 2.20 for the bottled.

You probably wouldnt want to spend a whole day here, but to try the beer at the brewery as fresh as possible has to be experienced, plus theres a great little tapas bar right beside it which has a couple of their beers too

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of GOGRANDE
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.

GOGRANDE, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Enjoyed a sampler here as well as a couple extras once I was done with the sampler. I had the Natte, Zatte, the Pilzen, and something else I forget. All were enjoyable...nothing groundbreaking, but enjoyable. The pilzen was my least favorite. It was just typical and didn't offer any greatness over other common pilsners. All beers were very reasonably priced.

The brewery itself is on the outskirts of Amsterdam in a residential neighborhood. It's inside a windmill, which is cool. The benches outside on which to enjoy some beers are nice, and there are vines all around you. Some small snacks are available, like some cheese made just for the brewery which was quite good (had a nice farmhouse funk to it). There are also nuts, hardboiled eggs, salami, etc.

Tours are available, but if you've been on a few before, they're very similar and unneeded. If you're in Amsterdam, stop by here to enjoy some beers outside on a nice day.

jbertsch, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of andy1701
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

andy1701, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Shumista
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.

Shumista, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

+ 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 rinhaak
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.

rinhaak, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of bnietz
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.

bnietz, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of pauljmccain
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.

pauljmccain, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of chemmie
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.

chemmie, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of DrDominator
5/5  rDev +22.5%

DrDominator, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of mattcomstock213
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.

mattcomstock213, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Soozy
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.

Soozy, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of kctobin72
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

very cool setting in amsterdam, on a nice day the patio is very cool where you can sit under some trees and sip their beers and enjoy some quality people watching. beer isn't amazing, but a fun hour or 2 hanging out at a great spot. definitely recommend to folks visiting amsterdam...easy tram ride from city center.

kctobin72, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of schuim
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.

schuim, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jagadd
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%

7-01-2011
The overall atmosphere is that of a local watering hole/secret among the locals interspersed with a few tourists who have either wandered unknowingly or luckily to this quaint brewery; Myself belonging to the latt
er. The Ij Brewery is a good escape from the overpriced and tourist saturated parts of the city and is a must visit on any respective beer nerds to do list. Arrive early and find a place to sit or stand, inside or out. Relax with the locals who have lived in Amsterdam or enjoy the experience with friends, albeit, and intimate experience is probably best saved for another venue due to the large crowds that gather here.

The brewery itself is a small operation but has and is expanding throughout the Netherlands and mostly Amsterdam. Ij beers can be found in many shops throughout the city including Albert Heijn, Super de Boer, and the Dirk 3.

The beers are good, but I believe most of the ratings on this site to be a bit inflated for a few reasons that may stem from either inexperience, or just the added buzz from such an interesting place transferring over to the at best, average beer quality. Most of the beers have a beef quality too the taste with a saliva type mouth feel that is present to the finish. Imagine drinking a beer with a beef bullion cube dissolving in the middle of it and this is the best way I can describe it. Similar to the taste of a musty cellar. More than likely due to the type of Hops that the brewers use., as this taste is present in all of the beers.

They offer a white beer cheese and a selection of meats to quell an empty stomach, and they do not suck. That is all I ever had when visiting and I suggest checking their website for a better idea.

Atmosphere in this respect trumps overall quality.

jagadd, Oct 02, 2011
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Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.