Netherlands > Amsterdam
3fourths (1352) Boulder, Colorado | June 4, 2008| Updated January 21, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Really impressive feel to this place... small and cozy wooden shelves, seems like you step back in time when you enter the shop. A number of rare bottles available, glassware as well, and I like this shop much more than Bierkoning. Helpful staff, no problems with English, and they ship to the US as well. Nothing else to say - visit this shop.
nate2g (665) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 27, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Characterful and poky shop with an extensive beer selection spread across two floors. Lady at the counter kept to herself. Unfortunately Cafe Gollem across the alley has now closed. Grabbed an Op & Top from the fridge for the train ride to the airport. Well worth a look.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 2, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
An excellent small beer store with friendly and knowledgeable staff. A bit less pricey than Bierkoning, so perhaps worth visiting first, they’re only about 5 minutes apart by walk, dead in Amsterdam’s centre. I must admit that Bierkoning’s selection is superior though, but you’re competing with one of the world’s best there. Still, this is a must-visit if you have anything more than 24 hours in the city and while bierkoning has more restricted opening hours (closing at 6 on weekends), this one is opened until 10pm everyday.
Leighton (641) London, England | July 27, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
An awesome beer shop in Central Amsterdam. To start, this place is (or was when I was in town) open on Sunday, which Bierkonig was not. The selection here is huge, spanning three floors. Price/value runs the gamut with something for everyone. Easily one of the best beer stores I have ever visited.
rosenbergh (500) Tampere, Finland | January 10, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Only based on online experience. Website is a bit hard to use since lots of beers are out of stock. Prices are high. Shipping is also quite expensive. Beers arrived in safe and sound except one. I was refunded.
pivnizub (469) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | January 24, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Dim, narrow and partly a bit chaotic shop in the centre of Amsterdam.... Anyway, quite a good selection waits there for thirsty customers. Worth a visit!
Scopey (424) Croydon, England | March 4, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Webshop rating. The Cracked Kettle clearly has one of the best selections of craft beer available to buy online (last count it was 550+). In particular it offers some top class American beer difficult to get elsewhere in Europe (e.g. RR Pliny the Elder) as well as a great Belgian and Dutch selection. It’s true that it’s not cheap, but for many beers this is the only place to get a hold of them. I found that the service and communication were great. My orders have always been very well packaged and arrived in good time.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Not so long ago in early 2010 when I first visited The Cracked Kettle was just as good as Bierkoning. A tightly packed small store on two floors. The Dutch and Belgium selection was a bit better at Bierkoning but the American selection was a bit better at The Cracked Kettle. But I was back in Amsterdam in late 2011 and it was a different story. Now the second floor of The Cracked Kettle is closed because “we do not have enough beer at the moment”, or so I was told. Compare to Bierkoning only a few blocks away the selection was pretty lame except for American beers. Somehow Cracked Kettle still manages to score cool American beers but the prices on those are through the roof. Anyway, things might change but as of late 2011 The Cracked Kettle was a distant second to Bierkoning. And now I see it is out of business…
sic1314 (400) Leiden, Netherlands | December 20, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Was an OKplace when I visited back in the early-mid 2000’s. Selection was good for US stuff, but pricey.
gunnar (382) Sandnes, Norway | November 28, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I can only speak for the online shop, as I did not visit this shop during my stay in Amsterdam. Service and response on my e-mails has been top, always noticed me when the shipment leaved their premises with tracking ID.Excellent selection for a Norwegian like me, with some hard to find beers as well.
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