Party Earth Review Set under a classic, centuries-old Dutch windmill, the Brouwerij 't Ij is a Belgian-style craft beer brewery that has been serving suds enthusiasts a freshly-tapped assortment of rich, micro-brewed beers since 1985. Just... ... read full review
East / East Docks, Amsterdam –
Set under a classic, centuries-old Dutch windmill, the Brouwerij 't Ij is a Belgian-style craft beer brewery that has been serving suds enthusiasts a freshly-tapped assortment of rich, micro-brewed beers since 1985.
Just taking one step inside the door is enough to understand that it’s not just a simple windmill, but a brewery that’s steeped in its own product, from the sticky red floor to the beer-wet countertop of the long, standing-room-only bar.
The white-tiled walls are the only nod to the brewery’s past as a bathhouse, and those are mostly covered by photos of old friends and old windmills, as well as one of the largest collections of beer bottles in the city.
Beer is only sold at the very busy bar, so patrons should figure out their orders in advance. While they wait, they can also catch a glimpse of the beer-making process through the large window behind the bar before taking their order outside to the sunny, tree-lined terrace to join the good-natured clientele that gathers there.
Besides offering some of the best deals around for flavorful, fresh brews, Brouwerij 't Ij also provides a delightfully cozy Dutch atmosphere perfect for lazing away any sunny afternoon.
Chatty and friendly mix of regulars, visitors, families, and couples of all ages.
No music, but the patrons do occasionally break into song. People-watching, story-swapping, and loud conversation. Brewery tours available F–Su at 3:30pm and 4pm.
A modest menu of Dutch snacks known to blend well with beer, including peanuts, Trappist and local organic sheep’s-milk cheeses, hard boiled eggs, and a range of salami and sausages.
Snacks €1–€5. Beer €2–€3, house wine €2.20. T-shirts featuring the brewery’s ostrich logo €15+. Tours €4.50 and includes one beer.
Any warm weekend afternoon, though it may be hard to find a spot on the terrace.
If the brewery is closed, patrons can simply pick up some of the beers at the market across the street and then head to Oosterpark.