Deliciously balanced, expertly crafted specialty beers are, of course, a focal point for the newly opened Bruut brewery, but so is sustainability. A microbrewery producing an array of dry blond beers, Bruut eschews large-scale production and instead focuses on small batches using sustainably grown, minimally packaged local ingredients — and that’s something we can all say ‘proost!’ to.
Proeflokaal Brouwerij Bruut, Cruquiusweg 91, Amsterdam-Oost
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Located in a former bathhouse in Amsterdam-Oost, this small-scale brewery founded by musician Kasper Peterson has been busy brewing a range of specialty beers since 1985. Visit at 15:30 on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday for an English-language tour of the facilities, topped off by a free beer of your choice.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ, Funenkade 7, Amsterdam-Oost
With their colourful labels and inventive names – Mama, Thai Thai and Polyamorie, for example – beers brewed at Oedipus Brewing guarantee a good time. Founded by four friends in 2009, this brewery now features its own taproom (open Thursdays through Sunday) as well as private beer tastings featuring a personal tour.
Oedipus Brewing, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85, Amsterdam-Noord
When the first Troost brewery opened in 2014 it was immediately a hit – and its popularity quickly led to the opening of not one or two but three additional breweries throughout Amsterdam, the newest of which opened in April 2018. The Westergas location is where most of the magic happens, while the smaller De Pijp location brews small-batch beer. It doesn’t matter which location you visit, though: they all have brewpubs that are worth a visit.
Troost De Pijp, Cornelis Troostplein 21 (Amsterdam-Zuid)
Troost Oost, Land van Cocagneplein 1A (Amsterdam-Oost)
Troost Westergas, Pazzanistraat 25-27 (Amsterdam-West)
Troost Oud-West, Bilderdijkstraat 205 (Amsterdam Oud-West)
Brouwerij De Prael
Treat your taste buds with a refreshing beer from De Prael, a brewery located in the centre of Amsterdam. Over a dozen types of beer – without any artificial flavours or fragrances – are brewed here, proudly made by those who have difficulties entering the job market. Make sure to stop by its tasting room during one of the many live music, bingo and beer battle events.
On an industrial canal-side space in Amsterdam-Zuid is this relative newcomer to the beer scene in Amsterdam, which serves up a rotating list of inventive brews such as The Pooka or Monster Soup TT. An unpretentious, welcoming place for locals as well as tourists, Butcher’s Tears opens the doors to its tasting room every Wednesday to Sunday for guests to enjoy not only the beer, but games and live music.
Butcher’s Tears, Karperweg 45, Amsterdam-Zuid
At Kleiburg Brewery, a project of the Kleiklooster, you can taste some of the best beer in Bijlmer: Porter Saison, Tripel IPA or Quadruple Poorter, for starters. The brewery doesn’t just make beer for the fun of it – it’s a social enterprise in which a portion of profits go directly back into the monastery’s activities for the good of the people.
Brouwerij Kleiburg, Hullenbergweg 6, Amsterdam-Zuidoost
Poesiat & Kater
Get a taste of history at Poesiat & Kater, a brewery located on a historic location in Amsterdam-Oost with a tasting room that’s just as charming. Brewer Julián Álvarez Zárate, a ‘yeast specialist’, is the brains behind the brewery and creates not only Poesiat & Kater specialty beers, but the resurrected legendary Van Vollenhoven beer, both of which you can enjoy alongside brunch, lunch or dinner.
Poesiat & Kater, Polderweg 648, Amsterdam-Oost
It’s a brewery and a restaurant, but neither outshine the other: De Bierfabriek is not only known for its world-class, house-brewed beer but its hearty dishes such as slow-roasted chicken from a charcoal barbecue. De Bierfabriek feels less like a brewery and more like a friend’s living room, though the self-serve tap tables are a sign you’re somewhere special.
De Bierfabriek, Nes 67, Centrum
Brouwerij de 7 Deugden
This brewery, whose name translates to the ‘seven virtues’ and employs those who have trouble finding work, doesn’t brew just any old beer. Using a mix of herbs and spices, the brewery offers up specialties such as Ruw+Bolster, which features a hint of lime; Scheeps+Recht, whose spicy-sweet flavour comes from cloves; or Stout-Moedig, which gets a kick from coffee beans. Tastings and tours are by request only, so don’t miss out on this unique experience.
Brouwerij de 7 Deugden, Akersluis 8D, Amsterdam-West
De Bekeerde Suster
You can already see the green neon sign of this brewery – an addition that is certainly not from the location’s original nunnery – from the Niewumarkt, calling you to come have a sip of cool, refreshing beer. The tasting room and café are open every day, but aim to visit on Thursday or Friday at around 12:30 to get a glimpse of Master Brewer Harrie Vermeer working his magic.
De Bekeerde Suster, Kloveniersburgwal 6, Amsterdam-Centrum
Two Chefs Brewing
The largest microbrewery in Amsterdam may sound like a misnomer but it’s true: this undertaking from two chefs was founded in 2012 as a way to stock up on ‘funky’ beers they couldn’t find elsewhere, and it quickly grew. The facility is not open for tours, but the brewery organises and participates in several events throughout the year all throughout the Netherlands and abroad.
Two Chefs Brewing, Moezelhavenweg 6, Amsterdam-West
Part of Pension Homeland, a hotel and restaurant, this brewery has become a hub of additive-free, honest beer. The brewery is just a couple years old but already has a couple favourites under its belt, many of which are sold in stores across the country. There are no tours of the brewery, but you can make use of the Tap Service, where an experienced brewer comes to your home or party to serve up freshly tapped beer such as Katzwijm IPA or the Kielzog Tripel.
Brouwerij Homeland, Kattenburgerstraat 5 (gebouw 6), Amsterdam-Oost