Brouwerij 't IJ was founded in 1983 in a squatted building by the river IJ. In 1985 it moved to 'Funen' an empty former public bathhouse, where it's still located today
What's so special?
Choice and freshness
All Brouwerij't IJ beer is organic and brewed and bottled at Funenkade 7. The range of types and flavours is wide, but the quality consistent. The strong amber 'Columbus' is particularly enticing
Much of the beer never makes it off the premises because it is consumed at the adjacent bar! This isn't surprising: part of the appeal is undoubtedly being able to drink fresh product in the sunshine (if you're lucky). More in our 'Watering Hole' review below...
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The only place to really enjoy today's featured beverages
Brouwerij't IJ, Amsterdam
Fresh Air, Fresh Beer
The site which features an integral windmill, visible for miles, is located beside a canal. The outside seating area is particularly suited for large groups, with long tables, but soon gets busy!
When first entering the 'Tasting Room' you are hit by a heady smell of brewing beer and the enticing sight of beer pumps and bottles too numerous to list. The only way to start is with a tasting selection (main picture) allowing you to choose 6 beers from the 10 or so varieties on offer. Various tasty meats and cheeses are also available
On a lazy afternoon there's nothing better than working through a few beers and arguing with like minded people over something about which you know nothing, but feel like an expert
If you're really lucky, you might even be treated to the spectacle of an impromptu shirt ripping 'domestic' between a well endowed local lass and her bewildered bloke. But that can't be guaranteed
Brouwerij't IJ, Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam (note: the bar is open from 3pm to 8pm daily)
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