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Beer Available At Jopenkerk (arranged by most recent)
Jopen Life’s A Beach 83, Bax Bier Koud Vuur 89, Jopen Vruchtenbok Vijgen 23, Jopen Mooie Nel #6 78, Jopen Ongelovige Thomas (Doubting Thomas) 95, Jopen Extra Stout 71, Jopen Frans Hals Bier 49, Jopen Jacobus Rye Pale Ale 86, Jopen Lentebier 76, Jopen Hoppenbier 77, Jopen Malle Babbe 44, Jopen Gerstebier 44, Jopen Koyt 88, Jopen Spoiled Little Brett 41, Breugem Dark IPA 87, Jopen Nederwheat 58, Jopen Russel’s Light Dinner Ale 1911 44, Jopen 5hoek Bruin , Jopen Adriaan Witbier 45, Jopen Witte Rook 39
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Boudicca (717) 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 I’ve been to (often on industrial estates outside town) but with more individual character. There’s 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 – it was to be available on what I think translated as a town pub crawl the following Sunday.
Fin (590) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 30, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
We visited Haarlem and the Jopen brewpub on Monday 29th September 2014. The pub is a short walk approx 8-10 mins from the Grot Markt. It is housed rather impressively in an old church and behind gleaming brewing kit you can see beautuful stained glass windows. As we entered the part of the pub leading to the bar has a carpeted ceiling?, really not sure what that is all about. The bar is unmissable, there is a large row of taps and a list situated above and behind the bar, its an impressive selection. We had some food which sadly wasn’t as good as we’d hoped it would be, we had a burger each but sadly you could tell straightaway that these weren’t homemade, the chips were fine but again not a patch on those we’d had at the Troost brewpub a couple of days ago. We had two weaker beers, a Session IPA and a English Light Dinner Ale both fine but not that exciting. If everything matched the excellence of the venue this could be a brilliant place.
chriso (403) 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 it’s 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 don’t open until later in the day, and/or are closed a few days a week (Cafe Briljant).
sic1314 (390) 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 I’m 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 (305) 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 (301) 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, that’s 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. That’s a rarity these days in Holland, so bonuspoints for that.
bierkoning (274) 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 micro’s. Noisy. Poor service. Still worth a visit. The brewpub is beautiful and the beers are good enough.
baxterfish (226) , 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.
Svesse (214) Hässelby, 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 it’s crowded. Hardly cosy, but worth a visit for the Jopen beers.
vipinvelp (210) 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.
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