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When exploring a new city, it's about experiencing places as the locals do; finding out the best local secrets and avoiding tourist traps. On the recommendation of numerous guidebooks, many visitors to Amsterdam visit the Heineken Experience to get a “taste” of a local beer. Whilst Heineken is certainly the most famous Dutch beer, Amsterdam boasts a number of smaller, independent breweries that put the Netherlands on the map as one of the world's top countries for craft beers. So my advice to you is to skip the Heineken Experience, save yourself €20, and read on to my top picks of local breweries, all complete with a great atmosphere.
The Brouwerij ‘t IJ (Brewery IJ) is a clear favourite amongst regulars and new comers alike. First of all, this brewery, taproom and beer garden are located beneath a windmill. I know - can it get any more Dutch? Whether you like beer or not, this is a really great place to sit and sip a drink. Over the past few years, IJ beers have been growing in popularity across the city - and when you taste them you’ll know why. Brouwerij ‘t IJ offers seven standard beers plus several other seasonal and special beers available to try, enough to keep you entertained all day and into the evening. Grab a board with cheese and sausage on the side and you’ll have yourself a classic Dutch experience. (Pssst: The mill is still working!).
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Brouwerij Troost is another Amsterdam favourite, found in three different locations across the city: one in de Pijp, one at Oost (West Amsterdam), and one at Westergas in the Westerpark. Troost has one of the biggest selection of beers to sample, all made in-house, as well as a killer food menu. The Westergas brewery has a big outdoor terrace and a stylish interior where you can see the brewing machinery from your seat.
Want a closer look? You’re also welcome to join a guided tour of the brewery at 4pm every Saturday. And it gets better! Every Wednesday you can come enjoy live jazz music from 8pm at Brouwerij Troost Westergas.
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Oedipus is a small brewery that puts a little mischief into brewing. Oedipus creates a diverse selection of quality craft beers, though slightly more unorthodox than those found at IJ and Troost. They've got some unique flavours and interesting names... ‘Salty Dick’, ‘Thai Thai’ and ‘Panty’ - not your average beer names! Their taproom in the North of Amsterdam is as quirky and likeable as their beers too, with a comfortable atmosphere where you can relax while enjoying your drink.
Take note that Oedipus is only open through Thursday-Sunday. Every Sunday you can head over for their weekly event "Liquid Jams". There you can enjoy a delicious burger, drink some beers, and listen to a local DJ till 11pm. Check out their website for more cool events.
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Although it’s nice to be at a brewery, it is not strictly required to enjoy local craft beers. In fact, heading to a bar which specialises in craft beers rather than the brewery itself can be an advantage as there are so many more different beers to try.
Located right in the centre of the city in the beautiful Jordaan area, at Proeflokaal Arendsnest you can try over 100 beers - all Dutch! This cosy, wood-panelled cafe is a favourite spot for locals as there is always something new to try, and popular amongst visitors for a taste of Holland. The bartenders really know their stuff - so if you want a recommendation for which beer to try next, all you have to do is ask! If the weather permits, sit out on their waterside terrace and watch the boats go by on the Herengracht (one of the main canals of Amsterdam).
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Craft and Draft is another favourite for both locals and visitors. Here you can also try over 100 different beers - though this time they come from all over the world, not just the Netherlands. Come and try out a selection of international beers and see which country you think produces the best craft beer. Sit in their cosy bar or out on the terrace, or take a ‘growler’ away with you (1 litre bottle of tapped beer) to drink in the park - or wherever you like!
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Inspired and want some more? Check out my article of Amsterdam's Best Hangover Bar for some of the most comfy bars in the city.
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