Amsterdam, the Birthplace of Brewing

Things to Do — By Scott Roane on June 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Brouwerij 't IJ, Amsterdam

As the birth-place of the world-famous Heineken brewery, now one of the biggest brewers in the world with over 200 brands, a trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without at least a little bit of sampling. And with so many local beers to choose from there’s  a big chance that even non-beer drinkers will find something to quench their thirst. While Heineken is by far the biggest brewer in town, and the Heineken Experience offers an entertaining afternoon together with a few free samples, there are a couple of smaller breweries with a story to tell.

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

Visitors to Amsterdam’s unique micro brewery, Brouwerij ‘t IJ can join the friendly crowd that regularly fill the terrace outside this local brewery which is located in in an old bath house in the shadows of one of Amsterdam’s last original windmills. The products are also available in local supermarkets. The brewery also offers daily tours and tastings on Friday (15.00 and 15.30), Saturday (15.00, 15.30 and 16.00), and Sunday (15.00 and 15.30). Reservations via info@brouwerijhetij.nl are recommended as they’re very popular.

Brouwerij de Prael

This small brewery is located directly in the middle of the red-light district, close to central station. It brews organic beer using local ingredients and employs people with previous psychiatric problems to help reintegrate them back into working life. Tours are available between Monday and Friday, tastings Tuesday until Sunday and the shop is open every day of the week. In the tasting room  you receive a free typical Dutch snack to accompany each beer.

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30,  Amsterdam

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