Brouwerij 't IJ

Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
BA SCORE
3.76/5
994 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:
27
Reviews:
409
Ratings:
994
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.01/5
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
83
pDev:
14.71%
 
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was the only brewery/tap room I was able to visit while in Amsterdam.

It’s located a short stroll from the center of the city and I went here after first visiting the very cool Maritime Museum.

Our group of 4 sat at one of the tables by the windows. There is seating at the bar and a decent amount of tables. They have a very attractive beer garden by the front entrance.

It opens at 2 p.m. and by 3 p.m., it was 75% full so that shows something about its popularity. I would guess the mix is 50/50 tourists and locals. We enjoyed visiting with the other patrons.

We had full glasses of a total of 8 of their house beers. The verdict was solid to very good. The standout for me was the Columbus.
They offer a limited menu but we already had dinner plans so we passed this time.

Service was efficient and pretty friendly. No complaints there.

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Photo of Sixpoint
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 Dicers
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of nickfl
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.

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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 BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.01/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Very cool spot a bit off the beaten path. Situated in an old windmill which makes it worth the visit alone. Short hours and gets very crowded so go early if you want to get a seat. Seemed like a good mix of tourists and locals when I have been here. Not a huge selection of beers but everything is solid.

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Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of tobelerone
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of AlexM
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of BdM
3.33/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

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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Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of bostonbeans
3.73/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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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Photo of Fluffheady
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of ndolover
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Brewery rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 994 ratings
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