Amsterdam is well known for several beer brands including Amstel and Heineken. However, the true Amsterdam beers are those that are brewed locally. Let’s check out 10 local microbreweries!
10 LOCAL BREWERIES IN AMSTERDAM
Thirsty for craft beer in Amsterdam? Here are 10 of our favorite local Amsterdam microbreweries!
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
This brewery located next to a windmill on the east side of Amsterdam is a fun place to visit and their beers are extremely tasty too!
Brouwerij’t IJ produces a pils and an amber as well as the double Natte and the triple Zatte. They also brew seasonal beers like the IJBok and PaasIJ. This brewery is known for using organic ingredients.
The brewery can be toured Friday through Sunday, check their website for times. ‘t IJ beers can be sampled at the brewery tasting room and large terrace which is open daily from 15:00-20:00, as well as at several bars around Amsterdam, like the nearby Biertuin.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Funenkade 7, Amsterdam
Brouwerij De Prael
Brouwerij De Prael opened in 2002 and is located in the heart of Amsterdam on Oudezijds Voorburgwal.
This brewery makes several tasty beers, and used to have a policy of naming their brews after famous Amsterdam singers. One of their most popular beers is the “Johnny” pils named after the local crooner Johnny Jordaan. But while the beers now have more standard names, they are still just as delicious.
Visit their tasting room and restaurant or take a tour of the brewery. Check the website for the most current opening hours.
Brouwerij de Prael
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30, Amsterdam
Oedipus beer can be found at many of Amsterdam’s specialty beer bars and fun festivals. Started by a group of four friends, Oedipus is a young local microbrewery based in Amsterdam Noord. Try their creative beers like Mannenliefde with hints of lemongrass and szechuan pepper or go for one of their many seasonal special beers.
You can visit them on Fridays and Saturdays at their new location, or follow them on Facebook to learn about their awesome parties and special events.
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85, Amsterdam Noord
Once a week beer is brewed in the Amsterdamsche Stoombierbrouwerij within the De Bekeerde Suster restaurant in the center of Amsterdam. This large brewery with old fashioned copper kettles offers entertaining tours and tastings in their bright remodeled bar and tasting room. Make a tour reservation by calling 020 4230112.
Amsterdamsche Stoombierbrouwerij in De Bekeerde Suster
Kloveniersburgwal 6-8, Amsterdam
For unique, tasty beers head to the Butcher’s Tears tasting room in an edgy industrial space on the south side. Try their interesting seasonal and limited edition beer like En Enfer, Raggle Taggle (summer) or Ex Voto (winter). Butcher’s Tears loves to consult old recipes for their brews and the beers are all unfiltered and unpasteurized.
The tasting room is open Wednesday to Sunday in the afternoons. It is a must for all microbrew lovers! And they often host special events like live music and film nights so follow them on Facebook to find out the latest.
Karperweg 45, Amsterdam
Brouwerij de 7 Deugden
This new brewery is located in Amsterdam West and bases their beers on the seven virtues. Six of their beers are brewed year-round with an additional seasonal beer that changes seven times a year. These beers are interesting and have a unique combination of flavors.
Brouwerij de 7 Deugden brews can be purchased directly from the brewery and at shops around the Netherlands, check their website for more details.
Visitors can also make a reservation to tour this local brewery and taste beer and cheese with a group of up to 45 people. Prices are around €20 per person for groups of less than 15. And as a very special treat, you and your friends or colleagues can brew your own beer with help from the brewmaster.
de 7 Deugden
Osdorperweg 578, Amsterdam
Another newcomer on the scene, Brouwerij Troost opened their first tasting room, cafe and brewery in a former convent in De Pijp followed by a huge location in Westerpark. Started by the fellows from Cafe Kostverloren, Troost offers their own delicious beers in addition to food! The burgers at Kostverloren are a favorite and Troost offers yummy fare as well. The branch in de Pijp is big and bright, check it out. And the second location in Westerpark has a huge terrace and great indoor space.
Cornelis Troostplein 23, Amsterdam
Pazzanistraat 27, Amsterdam
Two Chefs Brewing
A pair of buddies who love to cook and experiment with recipes, Sanne and Martijn started Two Chefs Brewing a few years ago. They recently found a space in Amsterdam Noord where they can brew small batches of their own craft beers and host fun popup dinners as well. But look for them appearing at restaurants around town where they work with chefs to create amazing pairing events. Their fabulous beers are available at several local bars and shops around the city. I especially love the Funky Falcon and Green Bullet but all their beers are terrific. Follow them on Facebook to stay on top of their tasting and pairing events.
The Brewboys have a fun image, and they say they brew “kick-ass beer”. You’ll spot their beers around town at local bars and cafes, and see the guys at beer festivals and events. They love to partner with artists and creatives and drive around delivering their beers in a Mini MOG. Their Aestival Witbier is a popular summer choice, but look for their other seasonal specials too like coffee beers in collaboration with local Amsterdam coffee roasters.
“The Friendship” was started by two friends who loved to brew small batches of their own craft beers. They found an awesome location in Amsterdam Noord in the former Melkweg Sportspark, which is being developed into Stadslandbouwproject Noordoogst, an awesome urban farm and hotspot for sustainable entrepreneurs. The tasty beers are available at several local bars and shops.
Brouwerij de Vriendschap
Meteorenweg 270, Amsterdam
Located in Haarlem just a few minutes on the train from Amsterdam is a great brewery that is making beer from traditional recipes. The fantastic Jopen brewery and restaurant is housed in an old church which makes for an impressive drinking ambiance. At the Jopenkerk most of their beers are available on tap.
Jopen brews some of our favorite beers. Their Jopen Hoppenbier follows an original Haarlem recipe from 1501. Another traditional beer is their Jopen Koyt which is brewed using “gruit” following a recipe from 1407. Gruit is a medieval herb blend that was used in beer before hops was introduced. Try the delicious Extra Stout and Ongelovige Thomas brews.
The serious beer lover must make a pilgrimage to the Jopenkerk! And if you can’t do that you can still find their beers around town, especially at the new Jopen Proeflokaal Amsterdam.
Gedempte Voldersgracht 2, Haarlem
Bonus: ‘t Arendsnest
If you would like to sample local Amsterdam brews as well as beers brewed all over the Netherlands, a visit to Arendsnest is a must. This charming bar serves beers of all kinds from more than 50 Dutch breweries.
Herengracht 90, Amsterdam
Have you visited all of the specialty beer bars in Amsterdam yet? Do you have a favorite local Amsterdam beer? Tell us about it!