The Netherlands is known for many things, including wooden clogs, canals, windmills and Heineken beer. So this summer, when we had an afternoon in Amsterdam, we found the perfect spot to spend a few hours sitting near a canal, drinking beer in a windmill brewery! (If only we had wooden clogs…)
Brouwerij’t IJ is located outside of the downtown part of Amsterdam, but is easy to get to by bus, bike or a longer walk. There is seating both inside and out and on a nice day it fills up very quickly. After walking along the canal, we found a couple seats at one of the long, shared tables and began ordering half pints, trying one of almost everything that was on tap. They have seven beers that are always available and then rotate through a selection of seasonal and limited edition beers. While they don’t have a full menu, they do offer a selection of sausage and cheese to nibble at while enjoying your beer.
If you find yourself in Amsterdam, be sure to stop by and check them out!