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Brouwerij 't IJ

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

Funenkade 7
Amsterdam, 1018 AL
Netherlands

+31 20 622 8325 | map
brouwerijhetij.nl

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28
Reviews:
410
Ratings:
1,004
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.01/5
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
83
pDev:
14.71%
 
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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 Hayley_86
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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 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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Photo of Andreji
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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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

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Let's start with the huge windmill on top of the brewery with picnic tables outside and decent bar scene inside. It took awhile to figure out but you order from the center of the bar only, and on the side for to go beers and food. Small handful of beers on tap, and 5 or 6 in bottle. Decent range with Natte being my favorite. Worth a stop in while in Amsterdam but take an uber vs walking from downtown

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Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BreweryRun
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

Photo of Crosling
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.73/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Brewery rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,004 ratings
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