If all your sight seeing has left you feeling thirsty, then one of the best places to quench your thirst with a few cold beers is the Brouwerij 't IJ (Brewery IJ).
It is the smallest brewery in Amsterdam and is housed in a building that was once a bathhouse. The exterior is dominated by the sails of the De Gooyer windmill, which sits above the premises. The building is owned by Kaspar Peterson who started his brewery in 1985. It is situated in the historic old harbor area of the city alongside a picturesque canal.
Although small in size, it attracts a large number of patrons, both local and tourists. Several boutique beers are available ranging in taste from light to full body brews. The names of the beers include Zatte, Plzen, Natte, Struis, Dikke Lul and the very strong Columbus. The pub is famous for these Dutch beers, which are produced on the premises in relatively small quantities.
Light snacks are also served, mostly consisting of cheese, salami, eggs and sausages. The brewery is only open for limited trading between 3pm to 8pm from Wednesday to Sunday. On Friday afternoons, small tours can be taken of the brewery, after which the visitor can enjoy sampling the exclusive brews. These tours are free.
The predominant décor is beer bottles which line the shelves. It certainly is not a trendy interior but this adds to the character and ambience of the pub. The atmosphere, smells and setting certainly give this pub a very authentic feel.
Not only can you purchase beer within the premises but it is also possible to buy bottled beer to take away.
The Brouwerij 't IJ is a great place if you want to drink in an authentic Dutch pub.
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