A real brewery located in a former pubic bath house next to a windmill, not far from the Dappermarkt (daily street market) in Amsterdam Oost. It's rather a tasting room than a pub and very special to visit when you're in Amsterdam.
As it is located somehow on a remote location outside the city centre so there are no tourists hordes but mainly local people visiting the place.
In the summer you can sit outside in the sun. The brewery has a large sunny terrace with a dock for boats. Check out the opening hours before going there!
Type of beers
From the tasting room you can directly enter the brewery and see the brew-kettles and casks in which the local Amsterdam beers are brewed. 7 beers are brewed all the year round: Plzen (5%), Vlo (7%), IJ Wit (7%), Natte (6.5%), Zatte (8%), Struis (9%), Columbus (9%).
The draught beer range varies with the season: Bock (6.5%) in autumn, IJndejaars (9%) in the winter, and Paasij (7%) in spring.
All beers of Brouwerij 't IJ are organic and are brewed in the windmill at Funenkade 7.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, an English language tour starts at 15:30, followed by a Dutch one at 16:00. It's free and there's no need to book in advance. Tickets are only available at the bar on the day itself, booking in advance is not possible.
The tour takes about 20 minutes and costs € 5.50 per person, which includes a free beer of choice. With a limited number of twenty places, tickets tend to sell out fast, so be quick to grab some if you are keen to join.