For hundreds of years, Amsterdam has been referred to as the place where you can embrace all your vices. This city is known for its narrow red light alleyways and coffee shops. The beer industry has taken this city by storm, and the people of Amsterdam really love their drinks. Their breweries are adding to the already lively nightlife. As people continue to visit Amsterdam for the Heineken Experience, this place has become a favourite for ale lovers. Here are the 3 best breweries in Amsterdam.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
This is a tiny distillery that is situated next to the windmill at De Gooyer in the previously Funen bathhouse. It was commissioned in 1985 by Kaspar Peterson, who was formerly a musician. The distillery is known for making standard and sometimes season and special occasion ale. It has grown from a small distillery to become the largest craft brewer in the city. All their ale is certified as organic. You will also enjoy taking their guided tours and tastings when you visit the facility. Brouwerij ‘t IJ has a pub with a big outdoor terrace that is normally open between 15:00 and 20:00 hrs and serves freshly brewed ale. Indulge yourself to some fresh ale right from the distillery.
The Heineken Experience
This is a museum dedicated to the famous ale. The world-known brand decided to transform the former factory into a museum as soon as the place proved not capable of keeping up with today’s demand. This is the most renowned distillery in the city and also the producer of the most popular ale bottles worldwide. The distillery is known for its Amsterdam ale tour. It is still family-owned and taking a trip to the Heineken Experience will offer any tourist a great Amsterdam experience. It offers visitors an educational tour of the Heineken’s original distillery in Amsterdam. The building itself is very magnificent. Taking a tour of this distillery guarantees you a history of the ale and the family behind it. You will also find very interactive rides and visitors also get to taste some pilsner. If you are an ale lover, you will definitely love visiting this facility and experiencing everything firsthand.
Brouwerij de Prael
Prael is situated at the middle of the Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light area. This is the hub of ale among the neighbourhood’s hustle and bustle. Although they are not that reputable in the industry, Prael brewery has continued to produce high-quality organic ale for a century. When they combine their delicious unfiltered ale, which is also unpasteurized and the fact that they are always willing to employ needy workers, you will get an authentic experience in this brewery. The brewery and the shop are located on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal. Here, they offer visitors hourly tours of this facility. Those willing to go on the tour have to make reservations on their official website.
If you had not visited any of the above brew houses, make a point of doing so. They will offer you an authentic Amsterdam experience since you will not only get a taste of their finest ale but also get to learn the history of the distilleries and the brewing process. Satisfy your taste buds with great beer and have an experience of a lifetime.