Brouwerij 't IJ

Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
BA SCORE
64.4%
Liked Their Beers
3.76 w/ 978 ratings
Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Funenkade 7
Amsterdam, 1018 AL
Netherlands

+31 20 622 8325 | map
brouwerijhetij.nl

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BEER STATS
Beers:
26
Reviews:
408
Ratings:
978
Liked:
630
Average:
3.76/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
77.1%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
83
Liked:
64
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of rudyarmand
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Soozy
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of barleywin
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dzu
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of DarthTremens
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

ZATTE is where its AT! On a solo backpacking trip last summer I met a few guys at the flying pig and we journeyed over to this place. After a long walk we got there and it was closed (and raining) my spirits sank deeply but thankfully they opened up and hooked us up with samplers. Natte, zatte, wit, columbus, etc. not expensive in any way and good pours of each. my favorite by far was zatte. If i ever get back to amsterdamn this is going to be one of my first stops. the guy that served us behind the bar is one of the brewers and he's able to actually talk beer with you in english. Its good to meet new exciting people in new exciting places and this is a great place to do so. thanks to the guys at brouwerij't IJ, they really made that day a good one!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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.
Prosit!!

overall: 4.36
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: n/a | $

90

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of parpalapelix
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of gspeer711
4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This was my second visit to a brewery in Amsterdam (first being Heineken itself). Smaller place at the base of a windmill. Bar stools seem a bit short for the bar. Lots of tables around the bar and it's all in one medium sized room. About a dozen or so beers on tap with varying sized pours. Food is served in a separate section and it is mostly finger snacks with some sausages, too. Overall a much more craft beer type brewery and worth a visit if you need some hops.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

authentic Dutch small brewery experience

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of chemmie
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

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Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Brewery rating: 64.4% out of 100 with 978 ratings
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