The Netherlands has a long, established history in beer brewing. Certainly, Heineken and Amstel are known as international giants for their exportation of Dutch brew to every corner of the world. Moreover, Amsterdam maintains a tradition of hosting some of the finest beer cafés and breweries around. Here’s a list of the top five breweries, tasting rooms, and beer cafés in town that feature traditional Dutch beer and handcrafted brews and microbrews.
1. Brouwerij ‘t Ij
Brouwerij ‘t Ij is housed in a traditional Dutch windmill. Just a few minutes walk from Centraal Station, you’ll find this gentile establishment caters to locals and tourists alike. They offer a wide assortment of pilsners and ambers. In addition, the double Natte and the triple Zatte are worth a try for those seeking a more full-bodied brew. The brewery’s claim to fame is their use of organic and all-natural ingredients in the brewing process. Tours of the brewery are also available.
020 622 8325
2. Brouwerij De Prael
Located in a former auction house, Brouwerij De Prael is one of Amsterdam’s gems. Boasting the production of 500 liters of tasty beverage every week, they offer daily tours so you can inspect the brewery’s facilities for yourself. Learn about Amsterdam’s beer trading history and afterwards, enjoy a tasty beverage in the charmingly decorated tasting room.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30
020 408 4470
Located between the canal and the famous literary district, Het Spui (home to American Book Center, Athenaeum Bookshop, and the Friday book market), De Brabantse Aap (named after a rambunctious little monkey) plays host to tourists and locals alike. Being so close to the University, with an elegant décor and delicious, affordable dishes, it’s an equally great meet-up spot for both students and professors. They offer a fine selection of handcrafted brews including a blond, a wheat, and a triple. On Fridays from 12:30, you have a great chance to meet brew master Harrie Vermeer and see the brewing in action.
4. Proeflokaal Arendsnest
Proeflokaal Arendsnest boasts one of the largest selections of Dutch beers around. Currently offering about 100 different kinds of beer, including 50 different selections of Dutch beer, Proeflokaal Arendsnest’s knowledgeable staff will guide you through this impressive menu. Located right on the Gentleman’s canal, they also offer special beer tasting events.
020 421 2057
5. Brouwerij de 7 Deugden
The newest brewery in Amsterdam, Brouwerij de 7 Deugden has named its seven brews after the seven virtues: Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, Humility. Each are worth a try and are available for purchase directly or at selected cafés and pubs around town. Stop in for a tour to see how their dedicated team tirelessly crafts some of that tasty brew.