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Beer Available At Jopenkerk (arranged by most recent)
Jopen Spoiled Little Brett (Hoppy Bucktorn) , Breugem Dark IPA , Jopen Nederwheat , Jopen Russelís Light Dinner Ale 1911 , Jopen 5hoek Bruin , Jopen Adriaan Witbier 45, Jopen Extra Stout 71, Jopen Hoppenbier 78, Jopen Witte Rook 39, Jopen Mooie Nel #6 80, Jopen Houten Haarlemmer 96, Jopen Jacobus Rye Pale Ale 87, Jopen Malle Babbe 46, Jopen Ongelovige Thomas (Doubting Thomas) 95, Jopen Viergranen Bokbier 60, Jopen Trinitas Tripel 76, Jopen Koyt 88, Jopen Johannieter 94, Jopen Ippon Weiss 37, Jopen Gerstebier 43
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Boudicca (671) London, England | April 25, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Haarlem is a lovely old town just a short 15 to 20 minute hop from Amsterdam on the train. We went there on Monday 4 April and, at the station, picked up a basic map with a suggested walking route which we then adapted to take in some of the recommended bars. For people who like a dash of culture with their beer tourism, there are more detailed self-guided walking tours available from the VVV (tourist office) near the big art deco department store in town.
Unfortunately, possibly because it was a Monday, not all the bars on our list were open during the day but we eventually found our way to the Jopen brewpub, which is in a sympathetically converted church in an area currently being redeveloped (so no outside seating as yet). The brewing equipment, complete with two beautiful coppers, stands like oversized steel organ pipes behind the long bar and is set off by the attractive stained glass windows behind. The available beers are listed on blackboards made to look like the boards indicating which hymns and psalms are to be sung in a church service.
There are high stools all along the bar and high top tables as well as lower ones. It was quite reminiscent of American brewpubs Iíve been to (often on industrial estates outside town) but with more individual character. Thereís an upstairs area (carpeted on the walls and ceilings, a la Dutch mode) that seems to hang suspended from the ceiling and under this, by the entrance, Radio Haarlem 105 was setting up for what is apparently a regular broadcasting spot on Monday evenings at 1900.
Service was friendly and efficient until the place got a little busy. A small wedding party came in and it was all hands on deck to dish out the champagne at that stage. Most of the regular ten beers were on offer, together with a few guests from other Dutch breweries. They were also advertising the launch of a bok, but we were a week too early Ė it was to be available on what I think translated as a town pub crawl the following Sunday.
chriso (368) London, England | April 19, 2011| Updated May 5, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Impressive church conversion with a modern interior style and lots of gleaming brewing equipment on show. Not sure to what extent itís actually in use yet though. Has something of the feel of an American brewpub. Will, no doubt, be even more impressive once it is not in the middle of a building site. Full range of Jopen beers on tap with a few guests from De Prael and SNAB too. You can get smaller sized "tasting" pours. There seemed to be a local radio station setting up for a live broadcast from the pub when we visited. Service was attentive and friendly when we visited on a quiet afternoon. Until a wedding party came in that is, which slowed things down a bit. Haarlem is only a short train ride from Amsterdam and well worth a side trip. Be aware though that some of the other better beer places in town donít open until later in the day, and/or are closed a few days a week (Cafe Briljant).
sic1314 (359) Leiden, Netherlands | August 19, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
OK ish brewpub, let down as far as Iím concerned by the fact I only really like the stout from their range. Busy, but modern and not really my preference of a drinking locale.
deanso (289) the Hague, Netherlands | January 29, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great looking place :-) Very busy on a Friday night. Great that all the brewing tanks are visible in the bar and restaurant. Service was very good but the food was on the expensive side. we got to try some of the new beers, brewed when the brewing equipment was christened
caesar (273) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | February 19, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful old church renovated into a large brewpub. Lovely interior (except for the carpets on the ceiling). Spacious, big bunk-tables. A lot of their own beers on tap, which is exactly what you want in a brewpub. Food is a bit pricy: a couple of pieces of mediocre cheese or sausage cost 6.50 euro, thatís a whole lot of cash. Atmosphere was great, people of various standards and ages around. Quick service, we did not have to wave around to grab the attention of servants. Thatís a rarity these days in Holland, so bonuspoints for that.
bierkoning (256) La Tropica, Netherlands | November 14, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
All Jopen beers available, including some rotating guest brews from well known Dutch microís. Noisy. Poor service. Still worth a visit. The brewpub is beautiful and the beers are good enough.
Svesse (214) Hšsselby, Sweden | May 10, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
(Visited Feb 2014) Huge bar and restaurant at the Jopen brewery. Modern bar with the brewery equipment behind the bar. Visited once in the afternoon, with lots of shoppers enjoying lunch or a beer, and later in the evening, mainly inhabited by young people on their way out. They had 12 different beers on tap, only Jopen beers on my visit, with some special offerings. Service was friendly and quite efficient, but can get slow when itís crowded. Hardly cosy, but worth a visit for the Jopen beers.
baxterfish (194) , England | September 28, 2011
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 8/20
Not to my liking: modern, spacious, brash, noisy and aimed at young people. The Jopen beers are ok but not great and there are much nicer places in Haarlem to try them.
vipinvelp (189) Velp, Netherlands | April 28, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting big place, good way to re-use a church building. Bright and shining colors, good decor. Beers are perfect, although not cheap. However waitress pointed me to nearby shop to get beer at retaill prices. Thanks. Let the Jopen tasting begin.
Borresteijn (180) Amsterdam, Netherlands | May 22, 2011| Updated January 28, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Located in a beautifully renovated church. You walk in right onto the bar, they have 16-20 taps with I think 10 of their beers on (each of them twice). One guest tap from Schelde, a few bottles (mainly their own beer). Left of the bar are many seatings, big tables. All modern but nicely decorated. We sat outside in the sun, enjoying the Hoppen and Koyt (both were great) and some snacks to accompany the beers. Nice place, although I thought the prices were a bit steep, but then again it took the owner a lot of investments to get this place started.
Update: Had dinner here with some friends, food was really good but quite pricey, service was attentive and well informed about the beers, but the prices of the beers... hallelujah.. Iím sorry, but Ä5,- for a 33cl 5% beer is just outrageous, especially if itís been brewed and bottled at the spot. Same goes for the big bottles, at least Ä15 for a 75cl of their own beer, going up to 22.50 for some of their higher ABV beers. There is no place in the world where you pay more for a Jopen than at Jopen.
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