I canít be completely fair about this place as in the end we didnít have any beers here, but a short review might be helpfull. We were there on Sunday evening and the (enormous) place was completely packed, huge line outside. It was super noisy inside, full of young loud people, and loud dance music. We quickly decided this was a not a place we wanted to have some food/drinks. I did look like a nice place with interesting beers, but this might be better outside of holiday season/weeked/game nights.
Located on the harbourfront, this modern and spacious brewpub-cum-restaurant is sure to attract both locals and beer hunters. The selection is decent, consisting of ten-odd taps of decent own produce. Flights available. The staff are polite, if not overly friendly. Reasonable prices, given the location. Migt be back again and try their food.
Nice setting along the harbourfront. Large building with brewhouse and fully fledged bar and restaurant. The draw here is to try some of the more interesting Amsterdam brews. I ordered a flight of the hoppy beers and they were all pretty solid. Bar service was fine with the bartender enthusiastically talking through the beers. A good experience during an afternoon visit.
Huge brewpub/restaurant nicely located on the waterfront, feels a bit like a giant sports bar. Set aside Amsterdamís average year-round releases, this brewpub offers amazing seasonals thanks to its highly talented head-brewer, who is definitely a top farmhouse artist and also does some crazy ipa creations. Food menu is solid classic american pub style. Great place for large groups, very underrated brewpub, donít miss their delicious seasonal brews.
Have visited now many times over the past couple years (several this year alone). Itís an enormous 2-storey open concept pub with a huge bar and tons of different sizes and shapes of tables and chairs everywhere. The words "clean" and "organized" come to mind. It all comes together while surrounded by moored boats and docks and a lovely view of the Island. They play fun pop music and when itís busy itís quite bustling, but you can also sit outside on a quiet summerís evening and enjoy relaxing on the Muskoka chairs facing the walkway and water. Have tried a bunch of their delicious food offerings over time (like the apple butter BBQ chicken wings and poutine, most recently), and have had numerous beers on tap and in bottles -- samplers are available but in flights of their own selection. Was a little disappointed last time that not many were actually pouring but I think theyíre working out the kinks of distribution. The beer itself is usually very good and has had a diverse portfolio of tastes over time. Staff is friendly and usually quite knowledgeable about the beer, but it is a large venue so Iím sure patience is welcome. Definitely worth visiting if their taps are running.
I should note that my rating here is an average of experiences rather than based on one visit.
Visited this just past 11:30 AM for lunch, on October 10th, 2014. This is the biggest brewpub Iíve ever been, very nice location at the Harbourfront. You can sit a the terrasse, drink your beer, watch the boats and planes go by, or look at the phallic symbol! Plenty of room for large groups, but that is all the nice things Iíll write about. Being big, this place can get loud, worst if the show a hockey game, there is a lot tv screens. The service was OK, not that fast or knowledgable. I only had one beer from them (Fracture IIPA), it was OK, more overrated than anything else. As for food, I had a poutine that was a bit salty for my taste. In all the place is OK, but I donít care if I never go back!
Amsterdam Brewhouse is a cavernous brewpub in a hangar right on the waterfront. Probably the biggest place Iíve been to in Canada, seating for 500 people plus-possibly 1000? The atmosphere is a bit sterile sports bar and the staff were standoffish - this is more sports bar than beer geek spot with prices for food high(which tasted alright) and beers being decently priced though average. Nothing wowed or disappointed me here. A short walk from Steamwhistle so an easy 1-2 punch.
This is why I love my wife; she found this place and suggested we walk there for lunch from the hotel. Large large place, two levels, huge bar, tons of seating. Kind of a chain feel, but still a lot of character. Service was spotty at first, but once we got the attention of the staff we were good. Food was pretty good and interesting. Beer was solid. Worth a visit for sure if you are on the waterfront.
I live across the street and shop at the retail store frequently as they usually have 1-2 rotators available and fresh stock of stalwarts like Boneshaker and Fracture.
The pub is fine and I sometimes go there to catch a game and try a couple new beers, but the rotators on tap are typically the same ones sold in the store, so itís less of a draw since youíre paying more to drink the same "interesting" stuff that you can bring home.
That said weíve never had any issues with the service (despite what others have experienced), the food ranges from decent to good, the bottle list is always solid, and we really enjoyed spending New Years Eve here, so overall I have a pretty favourable impression of the place.
Itís also a great option if you wanna go somewhere with non-beer geek friends and still be able to drink well. Theyíll be happy with the 416 or Blonde and will probably enjoy the music (Top 40) and various games on, and you get to drink Vicars Vice on cask...a win-win for everyone. :)