The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Brew Pubs
Netherlands

 

 

 

 

De Bekeerde Suster
Kloveniersburgwal 6
1012 CT Amsterdam
T: 020 423 0112

De Bekeerde Suster is a brew pub just south of the red light district in central Amsterdam.
The name, meaning The Converted Sister, pays homage to a convent of nuns in medieval Amsterdam.
These nuns accepted into their order girls who were willing to give up their sinful lifestyle for a life of prayer.
The food menu consists of snacks so this is not a dining destination.
But De Bekeerde Sister does have 6 of their own beers on tap, as well as 6 guest brews.
About 40 bottled beers are also offered.
The small brewing operation is in the back and there is plenty of seating in two large rooms, several alcoves, an upstairs, and even a small area on the front sidewalk.
A fine place to drink some local beers.

 

 

Brouwerij Troost Westergas
Pazzanistraat 25-27
1014 DB Amsterdam
Call: +31  20 737 10 28

Troost is a brewpub located a short walk from a busy shopping area of Amsterdam. It is located in a large warehouse-like building that was once the Gas Werks. The bar is along the entire right hand wall, and the brewery is visible behind glass at the rear.
There are about 15 seats at the bar and about 15 large common tables filling the rest of the room.
A small balcony is packed with about 10 more tables.
A large front patio was quite crowded during our visit.
Troost has 10 of their own beers on tap, and 6 of those in bottles to go.
The food on the pub grub menu was quite tasty, though we found the service a bit strange, in that throughout the evening we were waited on by nearly each of the staff, but no one would bring us a bill, even after we asked.
We paid at the bar after pointing out our seat.

 

 

 

Bier Fabriek
Rokin 75  
1012 KL Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 528 9910

Bier Fabrik is a brewpub on the edge of the tourist district of Amsterdam. The entrance portion is one store front wide, with the brewery in the next storefront.
Behind the brewery portion is the kitchen.
Behind the kitchen, the restaurant opens up to be four storefronts wide and is a block deep, so, although it seems like it might be a small place, it is quite large.
Bier Fabriek is uniquely self serve - the booths are each fitted with a set of taps and a supply of mugs !!
Other tables are conventionaly served by waitstaff.
Bier Fabriek has 3 of their own beers on tap and an extensive food menu.

 

 

Brouwerij De Prael
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30  
1012 GD Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 408 4470

Brouwerij De Prael is a brewpub in the famous Red Light District of Amsterdam.
Located in separate but adjacent buildings, the entrance to the retail store and tasting room is around the corner from that of the restaurant.
In trade for a card, this Questor received a personalized full tour of the entire brewing operation which is spread out in the back of both buildings.
De Prael could sell more beer if they could make it, being limited by fermentation space.
The restaurant could easily be in America. The bar area in the front is spacious and well lit.
One can buy a beer, and find a seat or just stand around.
Or...one can go in the back, sit down and let a waitress take the order.
De Prael serves food but the menu is limited. There is a tasty array of beer, but more in the American style instead of Belgian.

 

 

Brouwerij 't IJ
Funenkade 7
1018 AL Amsterdam
T: 020-622-8325
www.brouwerijhetij.nl

"It's the place where they make beer in the windmill" we were told by several locals. And sure enough, when we turned the last corner there it was: an honest to goodness, real live, up-close windmill. How cool was that? Well, all that wore off when we had our first beer and the barkeep explained that, no, the brewery is separate from the windmill, and the windmill is a private residence, and the owner is getting tired of people asking for a brewery tour. Still, the brewery - immediately adjacent to the windmill - offered six taps with their pils, dubbel, wit, tripel, spicy amber and barleywine. After a sampler we settled on the Ijwit wit (7%) and the Columbus spicy amber (9%) for the duration of our Quest research. Prices were the most reasonable of any that we paid over our two-week journey: 1.9 to 2.8 Euros for an 8-ounce pour. There are about a dozen communal tables and a bar inside, and tables and chairs outside (the Dutch seem to have a higher tolerance for cold). We were among the first to arrive after the 4PM opening and the place was jammed by the time we left at about, well, when it was dark. There was a never-ending trading of rounds with our new BFFs Joop and Hans. Put Brouwerij 't IJ on your Amsterdam must-do list.