Brouwerij 't IJ

BEER AVG
3.8/5
Brouwerij 't IJBrouwerij 't IJ
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Funenkade 7
Amsterdam, 1018 AL
Netherlands

+31 20 622 8325 | map
brouwerijhetij.nl

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BEER STATS
Beers:
25
Ratings:
991
Reviews:
405
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of barleywin
4.43/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Crosling
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
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 mrjmann
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Very cool place, great beer and food selection too.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ridedammit
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jneiswender
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of AdamNowek
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of erk0607
3.79/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Neorebel
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

"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.

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Photo of rudyarmand
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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!

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Photo of BcCraft710
4.61/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Onslow
4.03/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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!

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Photo of gspeer711
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of cypressbob
3.83/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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

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Photo of IBUQT
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of GOGRANDE
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of andy1701
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Shumista
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of toscanoigor
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited: March 2016

It's impossible not to mention that this is a brewery/bar in a windmill. It's a very cool place, in a very nice neighborhood, along the water, away from city center. The place was so crowded, we couldn't find tables to sit, but found space at the bar. The beer is cheap, from 2.4 to 3 euros, but come in small glasses (only size). They have a nice selection, with different styles, on tap, a couple bottles. They do close early, and there isn't much option for food.

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Photo of parpalapelix
4.31/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
3.8 out of 5 based on 991 ratings.
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