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Beer Available At Brouwerij ít IJ (arranged by most recent)
ít IJ Zatte 90, ít IJ Paasij 88, ít IJ Speciale Vlo 93, ít IJ Natte 74, ít IJ IJbok 69, ít IJ Plzeň 82, ít IJ No. 1 71, ít IJ IPA 91, ít IJ (Scharrel) IJwit 89, ít IJ Ciel Bleu IPA 91, ít IJ Columbus 92, ít IJ Wijsse Bok , ít IJ IJndejaars 93, ít IJ Struis 96
3fourths (1122) Boulder, Colorado | June 19, 2006| Updated January 21, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Yeah itís in a windwill, and yeah thatís cool, but what I really liked about this place was that we were practically the only English speakers visiting. I like to find the places where the locals drink, and this one is damn near close. Iím sure they get thier share of tourists, but not nearly as many as the places in the Red Light District. Inside the taproom thereís a medium sized bar, and ample seating along the windows, affording a comfortable view of bike and automobile traffic outside. The brewery is a bit of a walk from central Aídam, but since itís along ít Ij river itís a pretty nice walk. Inside there are hundreds of beer bottles lining the walls, and the more common brewania decor is there as well. On tap was about 5 beers, with a couple more offered in bottles. I had to buy a shirt since it had both an ostrich and a windmill on it. Great place to drink.
Braudog (655) Hampton, Virginia | June 18, 2005| Updated January 21, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Canít go to Amsterdam without checking this place out. Very smoky and PACKED, but some excellent beer to be had. Last visit January 2002.
Oakes (612) Savusavu, Fiji Islands | January 3, 2004| Updated January 8, 2004
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
What a great place to drink beer! In a windmill, with all the beautiful 't IJ beers available. OK, variety is a little soft, and the hours are scarce to say the least, but what a great place to drink beer!
Rastacouere (606) Montreal, Quebec | September 4, 2007| Updated January 8, 2004
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A fair walk out of Amsterdamís very centre, but a friendly, very laid-back place. Watch for the limited opening hours though. They had 6 beers on draught when I was there, but unfortunately not the Vlo which I had to get a bottle from in a store as they donít sell any at the brewery. Still, I considered it a nice experience, the beers are very solid and great to try from the tap: as fresh as it gets. Minimalist decoration, only a bar, picnic tables and a bottle collection. A nice place where time flows and locals seem to have a good time rather than tourists. Perhaps not worth the detour if you donít have a couple of days in Amsterdam though.
Dogbrick (567) Columbus, Ohio | June 13, 2012| Updated January 8, 2004
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
(Visited 11/2011): After seeing this place during a bus tour we decided to walk to it from the Hard Rock, which turned out to be over 2 miles. It is located off Zeeburgerstraat near the bridges and right on the water, easily found thanks to the windmill.
Outside there are communal picnic tables. Inside there is one relatively large room with an L-shaped bar in the rear of the space where the throngs of people line up to get their beer. There is a board listing the beers available, plus a chalkboard showing what seasonal they have.
As for the beers, they have around 6 available including the aforementioned seasonal. On my visit I tried the ítIJB ok and and ít IJ IJndejaars, both of which are above average.
Service was about as good as it could be considering the mass of people trying to get beer and disorganized system for getting your drinks.
We did not have any food on the visit.
Overall this place is worth seeking out for someone wanting to mesh with the locals (very, very closely) and have a craft beer from Amsterdam.
nate2g (447) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 22, 2011| Updated January 8, 2004
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Bustling brewpub thatís a decent walk from the centre. ít IJ attracts large numbers of tourists and locals alike. Beers are decent and snack food available. Staff are efficient and no problems getting served quickly and with a smile. To be fair I wouldnít write home about this place, so Iíve written about it on Rate Beer instead.
womencantsail (415) Garbage Grove, California | October 4, 2012| Updated January 8, 2004
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
On the outskirts of town, but a nice bar/brewpub with tons of outside seating available as well as some spots inside. RIght near the water, so thereís a nice view. Staff was a bit short with us, but not terrible. Beers were alright, nothing special. Donít really need to go back here again, though.
Boudicca (387) London, England | April 25, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Ďt IJ brewery sits by a windmill in the eastern part of Amsterdam, set back from a busy crossroads, and within easy walking distance from the city centre on a sunny Sunday at the beginning of April. Thereís a large outdoor seating area, which was quite busy when we arrived mid-afternoon after visiting the interesting resistance museum en route.
Inside thereís an L-shaped tasting room framed by the bar, with lots of standing room but not many tables. Itís quite basic, half tiled in white, with an array of empty bottles from just about every brewery I could name on narrow shelves above. The symbol of the brewery is an ostrich and this theme is carried through to the broken ostrich egg lampshades.
There was a good range of IJ beers available Ė Plzen (not actually a pilzen), Natte, Ijwit, Zatte, Columbus, Struis (ostriches again!) and a seasonal (Paasij) on tap, all priced between E1.90 and E2.50; bottles at E2.90; plus fruit juice, mineral water and cheese. The recommended local soft cheese, made from sheepís milk and a bit like Camembert, was good but at E5 for a small round not as reasonably priced as the beers.
The bar staff were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, even when faced with an extremely busy bar after the brewery tour finished. Unfortunately we missed it but thereís a free tour at 1600 on Sundays and Fridays. Oh, and when we were there was a book on sale celebrating 25 years of the brewery.
Fin (377) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 25, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Visited this place twice whilst I was in Amsterdam in Oct 09. Its a little way from the centre but as Loz and I was cycling pretty much everywhere not a problem and it looked like the trams came really close to this place. I must say the first thing that struck me about this place was how spartan it was inside, but I rather liked that and enjoyed the space and lack of clutter that are ofetn in other bars for no apparent reason. The service was very good and the beers and also beer prices were amongst the keenest that Iíve seen anywhere for the strength and quality of the beer. I particularly enjoyed the Columbus but to be honest there was little too fault in any of the range. We loaded up the cycle panniers when we left on the first visit and did exactly the same a couple of days later. Excellent bar and one of my favourites in Amsterdam.
Glouglouburp (361) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A classic place you cannot miss if in Amsterdam. A little off-center but not so far that it cannot be walked from the Amsterdam center. One thing really cool about this pub is showing up there at 2:55pm on a week-end 5 minutes before it opens. Nobody there. And by 15:10 there wasnít a single place to sit anymore despite the large patio that sits over 100 people. They had 5 taps of housebeers while I was there as well as 2 bottles. Minimal beer-related decoration. Food is small snacks only and they were cheese, cold sausages and boiled eggs (or something like that). I cannot say I was impressed by the beers. Like many Dutch beers, they were all very yeasty and the beers were mostly a yeast soup with some variants, not exactly to style. Still, this was a fun few hours and a must visit in Amsterdam.
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