Beer Bars & Breweries in Amsterdam
One of Amsterdam’s most famous attractions is the Heineken brewery, which is popular with tourists looking to learn more about one of the world’s biggest beer brands. However, the Dutch capital is also home to a number of microbreweries and brewpubs which produce high quality local beers, as well as brown cafes and craft beer bars which stock a wide variety of beers from all over the world.
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Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Located underneath the city’s biggest windmill, there really is no missing Brouwerij ‘t IJ and for this reason it’s probably Amsterdam’s most famous independent brewery. Beers from Brouwerij ‘t IJ are served all over the city, but head to the brewery itself for the best tasting experience. Grab a seat outside the windmill, enjoy the wonderful surrounding scenery, and grab a bite to eat from the restaurant as you sample the best of the brewery, or take a tour and learn the inner-workings of the company.
Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands, http://www.brouwerijhetij.nl/
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It’s no surprise that many of the bars around Amsterdam choose to stock Belgian beers, given the reputation of Holland’s neighbour when it comes to quality beer. De Zotte is one such bar. A warm and cosy brown café with a huge selection, both on tap and in bottles, De Zotte’s gorgeous, worn décor will make you feel right at home. If that weren’t enough, then the café also serves hearty meals, with a range of food on offer including vegetarian options as well as steaks, homemade Flemish fries and more.
Raamstraat 29, 1016 XL Amsterdam, Netherlands, http://www.dezotte.nl/
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One of the earliest leaders of Amsterdam’s craft beer scene, Beer Temple has been serving top quality beers from all over the world since it first opened in 2009. There are around 30 beers on tap, including local brews, and a beer made especially for the bar, as well as a strong focus on American craft beers. There are also over 100 bottles to try, so you’re sure to find something new and interesting to take your fancy. Grab a seat in the small outdoor seating area and watch the world go by in the leafy but busy streets outside the bar.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250, 1012 RR Amsterdam, Netherlands, http://www.beertemple.nl/
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Proeflokaal ‘t Arendsnest
If you’re after a more local flavour to your hops, then head to Proeflokaal ‘t Arendsnet, which distinguishes itself from other bars and brown cafes by serving solely Dutch beers. With over 30 beers on tap and over 100 bottles from over 50 Dutch breweries, there’s no place better if you’re looking for a real Dutch beer experience. The knowledgeable staff will happily recommend beers to you, and there is a tasting room in the basement which can cater for groups of up to 32 people.
Herengracht 90, 1015 BS Amsterdam, Netherlands, http://www.arendsnest.nl/
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A relatively new addition to the city’s craft beer scene, Butcher’s Tears is located just a short distance from the Olympic Stadium in an industrial canalside space. Every day, except Monday and Tuesday, the tasting room opens from 4pm-9pm, allowing beer buffs to sample the rotating range of brews. There are also regular gigs and events on at the bar, so you can even catch a show with your beer too.
Karperweg 45, 1075 LB Amsterdam, Netherlands, http://butchers-tears.com/
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Probably one of Amsterdam’s best known beer bars, Gollem actually has 2 locations around the city which offer either 10 or 30 taps and a bottle selection that reaches the hundreds. Most of the beers on tap are Belgian, but there are local brews and offerings from other European countries too. While the interior of both is warm and cosy, the Gollem in the Overtoom region has a pavement terrace with tables and space for visitors, perfect for an al fresco beer.
Overtoom 160-162, 1054 HP Amsterdam, Netherlands, http://cafegollem.nl/
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