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Beer Available At Jopenkerk (arranged by most recent)
Jopen / Kilderkin Dark Gerste No.1 49, Jopen / Grateful Deaf Rye IPA (2015) 93, Kaapse Brouwers Karel 89, Jopen Lentebier 76, Jopen / Emelisse Double Dutch DIPA 95, Jopen Koyt 84, Jopen Mooie Nel IPA 92, Jopen / Stillwater Bloemenmarkt 64, Jopen / SNAB French IPA 89, Jopen Gerstebier 45, Jopen Hoppenbier 72, Jopen Vijfhoek Blond 25, Jopen The Rye(ght) Thing 80, Jopen Damiate DRIPA # 1 94, Jopen Adriaan Witbier 44, Jopen Jacobus Rye Pale Ale 83, Jopen Witte Rook 46, Jopen Tulpomania 56, Jopen / Kees! Imperial Pilsner 41, Jopen Holy Smoke 97
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Boudicca (1035) 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 (801) 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.
Sokolov (696) Moscow, Russia | March 23, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect place! Located in the building of the former cathedral it offers some 20+ brews, 12 of which come on tap. All taps are wonderful - ranging from perfect renditions of classics to something really experimental.
KyotoLefty (583) Kyoto, Japan | July 26, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Had a great time here. Great atmosphere in the old church. Service was competant without really talking much about beer. Selection was good, though several of their special beers, while still on the menu, were out. They have 100. Ml glasses as well, not listed on the menu.
chriso (507) 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 (478) 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 (375) 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
JulienHuxley (361) Trois-Rivières, Quebec | March 1, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stoped by for a beer on a Saturday early evening. Wanted to grab some dinner but the place was unfortunately packed so we had to move on. Really nice building, located inside an old church. They have a nice selection of Jopen beers on tap as well as some special release bottles. Recommended.
caesar (334) 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.
SaintMatty (302) Uppsala, Sweden | June 12, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
A spacious brewpub with some impressive equipment and modern interior design, but in an old church. Atmospheric and welcoming and the beer range from Jopen is diverse in terms of the beer styles available, with most of the regulars and seasonals available on tap and/or in bottled form. Even with the addition of the Het Uiltje bar to the Haarlem beer scene, this place is still well worth visiting.
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