Troost

With two locations in Amsterdam - a former monastery in De Pijp and a hip parkside hangout in the Westergasfabriek cultural complex - Brouwerij Troost is a popular haunt for beer loving folk in Amsterdam. From lagers to barrel-aged barley wine, all of the beers at Troost are brewed on site, and both locations offer guided tours with tastings. Compliment your hop-infused palette with tasty comfort food including flamkukken and burgers. 

Troost Westerpark Amsterdam bar Marie Charlotte Peze

Craft & Draft

This relatively recent addition to Amsterdam’s speciality beer scene can be found on Overtoom in the Oud-West district, just on the edge of Vondelpark. Inside, the simple, modern décor allows nothing to detract from the beer itself, and the first thing you’ll notice are 40 gleaming beer taps lining the wall behind the wooden bar. The international beer selection changes weekly so there’s always something new to sample – and the knowledgeable bar staff are always more than happy to offer some recommendations if the choice all gets too much. There’s also a small shop selling bottled beers to take home. Craft & Draft, Amsterdam Oud-West

Craft & Draft Amsterdam

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

Perhaps Amsterdam’s most famous independent brewery due to its iconic location underneath the city’s tallest windmill, Brouwerij ‘t IJ is an essential stop-off on any beer tour of the Dutch Capital. You’ll see Brouwerij ‘t IJ beers served in any self-respecting pub in Amsterdam (Zatte and Natte being the staple triple and double flagship brews), but the best place to try them is at the brewery itself. In the summer a large terrace spills beery folk outdoors, while the inside exudes rustic cosiness, with private tasting sessions and tours on offer for those who wish to develop their beer knowledge further. Brouwerij 't IJ, Amsterdam Oost

Delirium Café

Following in the footsteps of the famous Delirium Café Brussels, this pink elephant outpost offers the perfect spot to sample a range of beers from the Belgian Huyghe brewery, and more than 720 varieties from around the world. The large bar and restaurant is tucked away under an overpass on the waterfront, with a long terrace enjoying optimal views and summer vibes whilst being sheltered from the elements in colder months.  There’s also a large restaurant offering tasty food to soak up all that beer. Delirium Cafe, Amsterdam Centrum

Delirium Cafe Amsterdam

Oedipus Brewery taproom

Started up by four friends who share a thing for beer, this colourful craft brewery based in Amsterdam Noord now produces a creative ‘complex’ of beers ranging from the easy drinking ‘Mama’ pale ale, to thai-spiced Tripels and the aptly named 9.5% proof ‘Ring your Mother’. You’ll see their colourfully bottled brews in many speciality beer bars in Amsterdam, or for the full Oedipus experience head straight to their recently opened taproom to sample a range of Oedibrew on tap. Oedipus Brewery taproom, Amsterdam Noord 

Oedipus taproom Amsterdam

BRET beer bar

Throwing a healthy splash of colour and life into the high-rise commercial district of Sloterdijk, this earthy craft beer bar and restaurant is well worth the short trip out from the city centre. Even for non-beer fans, the structure is a draw in itself, being created from shipping containers, tree trunks and reclaimed materials, with a sprawling terrace ideal for summer boozing. A joint venture from the folks behind Hanneke's Boom and Nordman Beers, Bret has beer at the heart of everything it offers - from the hops growing in its gardens to the beer-paired food menu and of course the huge variety of drinks on offer. BRET beer bar, Amsterdam West 

BRET Beer Bar Amsterdam

Gollem

With four equally fantastic locations in Amsterdam, Gollem is one of the city’s best known beer bars. And with good reason; these traditional Dutch pubs offer everything the discerning beer drinker could want; between 10 and 30 beers on tap (depending on which location you visit), hundreds of bottled brews and deliciously cosy surroundings perfect for holing up inside on a cold winter’s night. If you’re visiting on a warm day, the Overtoom branch in Oud-West has a nice pavement terrace with tall tables, great for al fresco drinking and watching the world go by. Gollem's Proeflokaal, Amsterdam Oud-West

Beer Temple

A leading light of Amsterdam’s speciality beer brigade since 2009, this city centre beer mecca attracts beer loving visitors from far and wide to worship at its taps. There are around 30 beers on draft and over 100 bottled varieties, with a strong focus on American craft beers and ales sourced from US microbreweries. That said, the bar’s Dutch brewed house beer Tembelbier is worth a try if you’re looking for more local flavour from your hops. Beer Temple, Amsterdam Centrum

Beer Temple Amsterdam

In de Wildeman

Housed in a former distillery that dates from 1690, this authentic venue has retained its olde worlde charm and now operates as one of Amsterdam’s best beer bars, with more than 200 bottled beers and around 20 on tap. The selection changes regularly, with a focus on Belgian Trappist ales and local Dutch breweries. Don’t miss the amusing ‘wildeman’ gable stone at the building’s rear on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 45, from which the bar took its name. Bierproeflokaal In de Wildeman, Amsterdam Centrum

In de Wildeman Amsterdam

Butcher's Tears

This small, independent (and rather hip) brewery is a relative newbie on the Amsterdam beer trail, having recently set up shop at an industrial canalside space in Amsterdam Zuid, not far from the Olympic Stadium. Every evening except Monday and Tuesday, the tasting room doors are flung open from 16:00 to 21:00, allowing beer aficionados the chance to sample a regularly rotating range of beers with names including ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, ‘Misery King’ and ‘Lost in Space’. The brewery also hosts regular gigs and events – check their website for details. Butcher's Tears, Amsterdam Zuid

Butcher's Tears Amsterdam