Netherlands > Amsterdam
Beer Available At De Gekraakte Ketel / The Cracked Kettle (arranged by most recent)
Jmichael (34) Asheville, North Carolina | July 9, 2007
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
great place, Jeff is very cool, my brother lived in the dam for a 3 eyar stint and when I visited this store was his pride and Joy, the quentisential belgian/european bottle beer store, oh and theysell online as well, cool shelves to the ceiling with glasses to match each bottle (if they exist), cool locale in amsterdam, and the greates selection, a must, a staple for the region
JK (241) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | March 22, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The Scottish gentleman was working both days I went here. He was helpful and interested in beer, and seemed open to trading for American beer he can’t get, so if you go to Amsterdam often you might look in to that. Second-best selection I found, but the service is far better here. Across the street from Gollem. Westvleteren for 8 Euros.
swoopjones (293) Buffalo, New York | March 19, 2007| Updated September 28, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Great little store right across from Gollem. Bought a couple Westy 12 there. Jeff the owner from Massachusetts is a great guy as well Andy the Scot. Great place if you can find it. Again, a great place. Thanks andy for the westy 8 & 12
iep (2) Amsterdam, Netherlands | December 31, 2006| Updated July 17, 2007
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Recommended. Also has a nice selection of wines and spirits.
sayravai (103) Helsinki, Finland | December 31, 2006| Updated December 28, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A very small shop packed with beer, that is not very easily accessible (=high shelves). The staff is helpful, but busy, so you’d better visit outside rush hours. The selection is not nearly as wide as in the Bierkoning, but the essential Belgians and many locals are available (also some in big bottles). They could carry more (and better quality) Dutch micros, but overall I’d say the place is definitely worth a visit.
jehoey (21) Shippensburg, Pennsylvania | November 15, 2006| Updated November 19, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I really liked this place. When looking for it I was just walking down a narrow passageway and then I looked into a store that was lit brightly on the inside and I just saw walls full of beer, and they had some really nice stuff. Including all the trappists (even all 3 Westy’s), Struise, De Dolle, Fantome, La Chouffe, Abbey des Rocs, they will be getting some lambics, growing selection of dutch and german beers, and some english beers many gems. Andy, the guy that was working that day had tried all of the beers in the shop and is quite knowledgable, and friendly. We talked beer for a good hour and a half. I had nothing better to do, and I always take the opportunity to talk beer. This is probably one of the best beer stores I’ve been too. They also do shipping, sell glassware, and sell the De Dolle posters
altonbrownd (213) Brussels, Belgium | August 21, 2006| Updated February 7, 2010
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
Feb 7, 2010 - One of my favourite beer stops in the world. The shop interior is authentic, lovely and inspiring. The staff is always helpful and informed. The selection is very good, although I find it harder and harder to find something new there. (A testament to how much I’ve already bought there.) The location and opening hours are also unbeatable. The downside remains the pricing but I give a break to the little guy who’s just not buying the volumes. And where else in Europe do they sell Dark Lord, Pliny, Westvleteren, Three Floys, the full Struisse line-up, etc etc.
Aug. 21, ’06. Very friendly service. Great location across from De Gollem. Bought a few Abbey Dubbels and will definitely come back. - Returned in December 2006 to buy Westvleteren, of which they have all 3 and costs much cheaper than in Brussels..
MPA (6) Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), Denmark | April 5, 2006
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Feb. 14th, 06. Nice little shop with both wine & beer. The guy behind the desk was a new guy from Scotland, and we had a nice chat about beer in Holland, Scotland and Denmark. Their selection was small but had some nice stuff in it.
DenverLogan (64) MileHi, Colorado | March 5, 2006| Updated September 19, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Great new place across from the wonderful Gollem. Big selection of Belgians and a growing Dutch selection. Worker Andy was enthusiastic about beer; owner Jeff from Boston has great ambition. They hope to brew experimentals in the back and have customers try them...then they will contract for production & sale elsewhere. Not the biggest in Amsterdam, but a great place worth watching and the selection is growing nicely. And, they have Westys if you ask nice :)
caesar (257) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | November 16, 2005| Updated April 28, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Small but clean beer store, located 3 m across the street from Gollem (scores extra points for ambiance). Opened until 9 or 10 pm, which scores extra points for service. Good selection, however the prices are very high considering other parts of the Netherlands.
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