Brouwerij 't IJ

Brouwerij 't IJ

The Netherlands

"For us, Brouwerij 't IJ is just the greatest place to go to work."

Pioneer in Amsterdam craft beer

Amsterdam might have some major and well known pilsner beer producers, but craft brewery Brouwerij ’t IJ, founded in the mid-80s, was one of the first to brew well-crafted beers in Belgian style. Founder Kasper Peterson, a Dutch musician who wrote a few chart-topping songs, started the brewery in 1985 in a former municipal bath house.

The tasting room and a few of the brew rooms are still located here, right next to an iconic windmill. “De Gooijer” is the highest wooden windmill still standing in Holland, but doesn’t belong to the brewery actually. It sure is a great landmark though for those looking for the brewery. There is actually another craft brewery in Amsterdam that was founded by a professional musician: Brouwerij Walhalla.

Patrick Hendrikse, co-owner of Brouwerij 't IJ

Growing demand for specialty beers

After more than twenty years, Bart Obertop and Patrick Hendrikse took over the brewery in 2008 and continued brewing beers like Zatte, a classic tripel of 8% ABV and Natte, a Dubbel of 6,5% ABV. Belgian beer styles that Brouwerij ’t IJ had become known for. Other well known beers in their core range are IJwit (wheat beer), Columbus (a strong amber beer at 9% ABV) and IPA (at 6,5% ABV). By now the brewery had become a household name in the Netherlands.

As the demand grew they opened a second production brewery in 2013, a few hundred meters form the original location, to be able to fulfill the demand. The original brewery in the disused public bath house now produces all the beers for consumption in the bar in the same building.

Brouwerij ’t IJ, what's up with that name?

The name might be a bit of a tongue breaker for non-Dutch speakers. ‘Het IJ’ is the name of the river that flows north of the center of Amsterdam. The other big river is the Amstel, but that name… well, you understand. The ’t’ is an abbreviation of ‘Het’ in Dutch, so ‘’t IJ’ means the same as ‘Het IJ’.

Still there yet? ‘IJ’ is pronounced the same way as ‘Egg’ in Dutch, that explains the egg on the bottle labels. And the ostrich? Well, original founder Kasper Peterson was a fan of ostriches. Because he realized that the ostrich had no direct connection to the brewery he added the windmill and the egg to the logo.

The iconic windmill next to Brouwerij 't IJ

Beerbar and taproom in Amsterdam

Beerlovers that visit Amsterdam know that the bar and taproom of Brouwerij ’t IJ is definitely one of the places to be. Most of the beers being brewed here are available on tap. In winter, 'the windmill brewery' is a cosy place to find shelter from the cold. Find a spot outside in summer on one of the long tables and enjoy some cheese or sausages with your beer.

The organic soft cheese actually comes from the milk of sheep that are fed on brewing leftover grains from the brewing process. In 2019 Brouwerij 't IJ opened a second taproom in a former tearoom, Het Blauwe Theehuis (The Blue Teahouse). This 1930's monumental piece of architecture is located in one of the most beautiful and well known parks of Amsterdam, the Vondelpark.

Natte, a classic Dubbel beer of Brouwerij 't IJ

Funenkade 7
1018 AL Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0)20 261 9801

Additional features

Free brewery tours Fri-Sun 15:30hrs (Engish), 16:00 (Dutch)
Taproom The Windmill open Mon-Thu 14:00-22:00hrs, Fri-Sun 12:00-22:00hrs
Taproom 't Blauwe Theehuis (Vondelpark) open Mon-Sun 10:00-20:00hrs
Pub style food
Outside seating (both taprooms)

Nearby breweries View all stories (29) >

Brouwerij Poesiat & Kater

Brouwerij Poesiat & Kater

We love a good story and this is definitely one of those! This all begins in 1733 when Brouwerij De Gekroonde Valk (The Crowned Falcon) was founded in Amsterdam. In 1791 the brewery had a name change and was named Van Vollenhoven, after the new owner. Around 1900 it had become the largest brewery of the Netherlands with export to all continents of the world.

Brouwerij Walhalla

Brouwerij Walhalla

Brouwerij Walhalla is a relatively young Amsterdam craft brewery that has gained a reputation as one of the best brewers of IPA’s in the Netherlands. They also brew some heavy Dutch beers and one-off's.

Uiltje Brewing Company

Uiltje Brewing Company

As difficult it may be to believe, just five years ago it was still hard to find Pale Ales, IPAs or Imperial Stouts in the Netherlands, so Robbert Uyleman decided to take matters into his own hands. In 2012 he started contract brewing and three years later Uiltje Brewing Company was born in Haarlem.