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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
FatPhil (490) Tallinn, Estonia | March 6, 2008| Updated May 14, 2008
Lovely feel - old wooden shelves and the delivery bike propped outside. Great selection of beers from many different countries, in particular Holland and Belgium. Andy (the Scottish dude) was tremendously helpful working out recommendations of Dutch beers for us - he even had the willingness and patience to go though our bag of bottles from Bierkoning to work out which new breweries we needed when we first popped in. Every one was a hit. (We popped in every day after that.) Not amazingly cheap, but no rip off either. Their webshop is very easy to use, and, if there are stock issues, they are very quick to inform you and then respond to your modifications to the order. I even got an ’upgrade’ for my ’troubles’ (having to browse their webpages and select more beer - what a disaster!). That was above and beyond the call of duty. Great place - has my loyalty guaranteed now.