Amsterdam's smallest brewpub, Brouwerij 't IJ is an unexpectedly friendly and laid-back place for such a high energy city. Situated beneath a large windmill and only steps from the number 6 and 10 tram stop at Pontanusstraat across the Singlegracht, there are surprisingly few tourists inside.Some tiling and memorabilia still remains from the original bath house that occupied the building in its prior life. Nowadays the small white bar features four taps and rarely an empty stool. The decor is dominated by the 1001 empty beer bottles ringing the room four times around. Like every other bar in the country, tobacco smoke frequently displaces the breathable air and the occasional opening of the front door and the accompanying blast of fresh is welcomed by non-smokers.
The 5% Pilzen is a golden color with a smooth but crisp hoppy flavor. Very popular with the winter crowd, I expect it really sees demand in the summer months when I'm told the sky actually appears in hues of blue. The 8% Zatte creates a white head atop its hazy amber body. With a flavor balance on the slightly sweet side, its incredibly smooth mouthfeel make this one go down very easily. At 7.5%, the Paasÿ is the brewmaster's special for Easter. Hazy amber in color it exudes a fruity, estery aroma while its flavor is malty sweet with hints of coriander. The Columbus comes in at 6.5% with dark amber hues, a creamy white head, medium body, very malty flavor, slightly alcoholic way and very clean finish. The other bottled product is the brewery's flagship beer, the Struis, meaning ostrich. A bold 9%, the dark amber color forewarns of the malty flavor, accompanying pleasant esters and a nice underlying hop presence. Bartenders are careful when pouring to leave behind the evidence of its bottle-conditioning. The result is a very nice experience.
Favorite Dish: Open 12 years in this relatively quiet neighborhood adjacent to a canal, 't IJ gives its customers just what they appreciate: friendly service, a relaxed atmosphere and good beer. For non-beer drinkers, popular "shooters" of orange juice and alcohol are available, as are peanuts and snack plates of cheese and sausage. Amsterdam is not an inexpensive city so beer prices of $1.75 to $2.50 USD for a 25cl glass, about 9 ounces, will cause no complaints. The stainless steel brewing system, visible through the door windows, is capable of 2000 hectoliters annually, over 1500 barrels. Given the limited hours of 3 to 8 pm Wednesday through Sunday production seems well matched to consumption, even with the bottled "take away" sales. Souvenir glasses, T-shirts and cigarettes at $2.75 USD per pack are also available. The restrooms are cramped behind barstools as well as down stairs so must be considered inaccessible. Arrive early to secure a place at the bar to chat with the friendly and knowledgeable bartender Ton. While there you'll see all sorts of customers come and go. Since city zoning seems to require every resident to own a dog you'll see lots of four-legged visitors as well. There's even a cat on security duty inside the brewhouse. When in Amsterdam make it a point to stop by the home of the ostrich and its egg, 't IJ.
The place is so Dutch. Who else would establish a brewery and a bar inside a windmill?
The ambience was so nicely "pale", simple, easygoing. There was nothing too much. No music etc. It was nice to sit in the bar desk and really taste the difference in the beers.
One could also buy their own T-shirt as a memory.
Favorite Dish: I guess there is no food in the brewery; you can only taste and drink the brewery's own beers there and buy them out.
That time we were there (2003) they had four own beers; here they come with each other's alcohol percentage. Though I think they have more choice already now.
My favorite was the white and the red ones.
Its worth taking the 30 minute walk past the galleon towards the windmill which houses the ‘t Ij brewery (I think it’s pronounce Tee)
The brewery opens every day from 15:00 to 20:00 and only sells its own beer (although you can get water for free!)
The micro-brewery does look great from the outside but isn’t particularly pleasant inside. There are some seats outside however.
Not my favourite of places but its worth a peek especially to try one (or several) of their own brews.
Favorite Dish: They do serve some snacks such as plates of meat or cheese but people only come here for the drink.
Beware, some beers are strong. I played it safe and only had the one, Zatte, which was rather nice. There is a shop over the road selling bottles of their 't Ij beers
Very far from the center , on a non-touristic place you will find a lovely windmill , one of the few that left in Amsterdam.
Inside the windmill there is a beer factory , one of the loveliest i've seen.
The beer is Organic and is made in the windmill.
the place is closed in the morning so you should check visiting times and on Saturday the place is open to public and is heavily crowded with happy , sometime drunk , local people.
The beer is not expensive - you can taste 6 100-150cc glasses for something like 5 Euro.
Favorite Dish: i tried all the beers and they were great !
The outside area is nice on a sunny day to sit, drink and watch the canal go by. Definitely take the free tour if offered on Friday afternoons. They will tell you everything about the beer making business---very fun and informative....
Try the draft beers and the bottled! They will also serve you a plate of cheese and sausage to go with your brew....
Favorite Dish: The Beer! Fresh and delicious...