Besides the stunning canals, beautiful bridges, interesting musieums and a lot of bikes, Amsterdam has a lot of beer hotspots to offer. Do you need some advise from beer experts who work/live in Amsterdam? Look no further! Craft beer is really booming in the Netherlands and there are more than 40 breweries in the capital. To help you out, we will show you our 10 favourite hotspots in Amsterdam. And some other must sees, as we had a hard time choosing the 10 best..
#10 The Beer Temple
The Beer Temple, located in the centre of Amsterdam close the the famous Dam Square features American Beer. There are 35 beers are available on tap and more than 200 from the bottle. They also have a Dutch house beer. The selection on offer is definitely not easy to find elsewhere, so it’s a great choice for those looking to try something unique. They also organise amazing beer tastings and other beer related events!
Arendsnest is located in the centre of Amsterdam and features only Dutch craft beers. From big names like LaTrappe to local heroes like Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen, their wide selection is has plenty to offer. They have about 52 Dutch beers on draft and more than 100 beers on bottle. They have a great terrace along the canals, perfect for hot days!
This brewery visit is a nice trip, particularly if you want to see a different side of Amsterdam and leave the busy city centre. Oedipus is located in Amsterdam Noord, so you will have to cross the IJ. They are open to taste their freshest brewest from Thursday throughout Sundag, and don't forget to check their special calendar for beery events. The taproom and brewery are just as colourful as their labels on the bottles. An unique experience if you ask me!
Insider tip: many would say that the burgers served at the brewery, from pop-up The Beef Chief, ranks amongst the best burgers in Amsterdam!
#7 Poesiat & Kater
Poesiat & Kater is a brewery located in the East of Amsterdam and offers a nice and spacious taproom with delicious food and great beer. Situated in an impressive building that dates back to 1887, they also have an outside terrace so you can enjoy some outside beer drinking on warmer days. Besides the Poesiat & Kater beers, they also serve traditional Van Vollenhoven beers. The beers are super fresh, as they are brewed in front your nose and served directly from the tanks.
With six locations in Amsterdam, there sure is one on close to you. There is Gollem Raamsteeg, Gollem de Pijp, Gollem's Proeflokaal, Gollem Craft Beers, Het Elfde Gebod and Gollem aan het Water. They have between 14 and 30 beers on tap and between 150 and 250 on bottle! The selection ranges from local Amsterdam beers to Belgian beers to international beers from New Zealand.
#5 Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Brouwerij ‘t IJ has really taken over the city and is available in many of the local bars. But it’s also worth paying a visit to the brewery with the iconic windmill - known simply to tourists as “the windmill brewery”. It doesn’t get much more Dutch than that! Especially in spring and summer, you can sit outside and enjoy the beers while feeling the sunshine on your skin.
#4 De Prael
Another brewery that is an absolute must-see on your list should be De Prael. Their main location is situated in the Red Light District, but they also have a spot in the Houthavens (close to Amsterdam’s Westerpark) for those of you keen to venture a bit further out. The brewery supports people that have previously struggled on the job market. They offer nice brewery tours as well as regular events. In their shop you can find a large selection of different beers and souvenirs.
#3 Craft & Draft
Craft& Draft beer bar &beer shop on the Overtoom is close to Vondelpark and has 40 international beers on tap and more than 100 on bottle. On sunny days you can enjoy your beer on the terrace.
Insider tip: Ask for a freshly tapped growler of 1 liter to take with you to Vondelpark, if the terrace is full! You can even borrow a cooling sleeve to keep it cool for a deposit of €7,50. You can choose from any beer on their tap, so you can take your favourite beer with you in a bottle with beer under pressure.
#2 Delirium Café Amsterdam
The beer with the iconic pink elephant from Belgium can also be found in Amsterdam. The bigger of their two locations is located right on the waterside next to the Muziekgebouw. They have 20 beers on tap and more than 750 bottles! The cherry on top is their big terrace.
#1 Brouwerij Troost
Brouwerij Troost already has three locations in Amsterdam. Situated in the trendy districts of De Pijp, Westerpark and Oost, they are all perfect hotspots to take a break from sightseeing and to enjoy some refreshing beers. Their food is also great!
Apart from that, we’d recommend a visit to Butcher’s Tears and the newly-opened Walhalla tap room. Breweries Gebrouwen door Vrouwen, Bruut Bier, Cinema Brewers, De Eeuwige Jeugd, Lowlander and Two Chefs Brewing are also located in Amsterdam.
But enough said - enjoy & cheers to Amsterdam!