Best Breweries You Can Drink at in Amsterdam

When it comes to Dutch beer, the Heineken name is known worldwide. The Heineken Brewery is by far the largest in the city but acts as more of a tourist destination than a place for an after-work drink. If you're interested in trying something beyond the green bottle, grab some friends and make your way to one of the cities many breweries you actually drink in.

Brouwerij 't IJ
Located in the east side of the city, the Brouwerij 't IJ is unique in that it is located inside a windmill dating back to 1725. Inside the base of the windmill, a wide range of regular, seasonal, and small batch beers are brewed. While they have a beer for every taste, Brouwerij 't IJ brews tend to be on the stronger side, most often upwards of 5% or 6%.

All of their beers can be purchased by the case to bring home, but if you feel like staying for a pint, there is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Brouwerij 't IJ is open daily from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., making it a great spot for an afternoon or after work drink. If you're interested in learning more about their beers, English language brewery tours take place at 3:30 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Oedipus Brewing
Located across from River IJ in Amsterdam North is Oedipus Brewing. Known for their diverse beers with colorful names, this brewery has something for everyone. Whether you enjoy light, fruit-infused beers or strong, dark stouts, there will always be at least one beer on tap to suit your taste.

In 2015, Oedipus Brewing expanded their operations and opened their first taproom to the public. From Friday to Sunday, Oedipus Brewing invites you to try one of their 12 beers on tap right in the brewery, which they describe as an amiable yet quirky space.

Brouwerij De Prael
Located in the heart of the city's Red Light District, Brouwerij De Prael is a staple of the city's brewing community. Founded in 2002, Dr Prael was originally known for naming each of their beers after famous local singers. While that rule is no longer in place, some of their most popular beers still hold the names of some of Amsterdam's favourite singers.

Similar to the Brouwerij 't IJ, the selection of beer at Brouwerij De Prael is vast, but on the stronger side. While there are some lighter beers, the biggest selection falls within the 6% to 9% range. To keep their selection interesting, De Prael has a rotating selection of collaborative beers, which are created in partnership with other breweries both within and outside of the city.

If you're looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, why not sign up for one of their guided brewery tours, available every day except Monday.

Brouwerij Troost
With locations in both the de Pijp and Westerpark neighbourhood, Brouwerij Troost offer easy access to those wanting to try out new beers. From I.P.A and Ale to Bok and Porter, the team at Brouwerij Troost enjoys offering their guests their first sip of some of the newest beers in the market. If you stop by one of their locations for a drink, make sure you come hungry; they have a full lunch and dinner menu featuring traditional pub foods such as burgers, nachos, and even steaks that pair brilliantly with one their beer. If you need help with pairing your food and drink, they're more than happy to make a suggestion.

One thing that makes Brouwerij Troost stand out from the crowd is the fact that in addition to beer, they also make gin. Distilled from their own beer, Browerij Troost's gin has become a staple of their product menu. If you're interested in learning more about the brewing and distilling process, brewery tours take place at 4:00 pm each Saturday at their Westerpark location.

Butcher's Tears
Butcher's Tears is a microbrewery located in the industrial Amsterdam South. In this brewery you can find an ever-changing roster of beers created by the team at Butcher's Tears with the goal of enriching the city's beer culture. These brewers aren't interested in doing what other brewers have already done; they are always looking to experiment and combine traditional brewing methods from different cultures to come up with something brand new.

Their tasting room is open from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, and often features live music on weekends. If you're looking to try one of the Butcher's Tears small batch releases, a trip to their tasting room is a must.

Tori Holmes is a freelance copywriting and social media specialist living in Amsterdam. Born and raised in Canada, she is spending her time abroad partaking in a self-guided tour of the cities different breweries.