The Best Spots For A Craft Beer In The Netherlands

Are you a craft beer drinker and visiting the Netherlands soon? Then read further! There is some sort of beer revolution going on in Europe! Craft beer has been very popular recently by the old beer lovers as well as the younger public who love discovering new beverages. The number of micro-breweries is still growing in the Netherlands. In 2016, there were approximately 420 Dutch (micro) breweries! Here are a few of the best spots to have your craft beer in the Netherlands.

  1. Oedipus Brewing Taproom in Amsterdam.

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This brewery is known for their beers, ‘Mama’ and ‘Mannenliefde’ (= Man love). Maybe the most colorful brewery in the Netherlands, Oedipus has its own brewery and taproom in the north of Amsterdam. It first opened its own taproom in June 2015 and has been the place to be if you’re looking to drink some fresh beers and taste their latest experiments.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 17:00 – 22:00
  • Friday – Saturday: 14:00 – 23:00
  • Sunday: 14:00 – 22:00
  1. IJ Brewery in Amsterdam.

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You can find the pub of IJ brewery (as well as the brewery itself) under a windmill in the Funenkade in Amsterdam. There you can drink beers freshly brewed from the draft and relax. This brewery also collaborates with several food companies and offers snacks such as cheese and nuts. Quality guaranteed!

Opening Hours:

  • Every day from 14:00 – 20:00
  1. BRET Beer Bar in Amsterdam.

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Within the monotonous neighbourhood of Sloterdijk, there is a colorful container-like building full of local craft beer! BRET has been a great meeting place for people who want to drink and have some good fun and better company.

There are also some great food pairing processes going on at BRET. They believe in sustainability and honest food and beer, hence, why they frequently work with local wholesalers, organic producers and farms with maximum animal welfare.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday : 11:00 – 0:00
  • Friday: 11:00 – 4:00
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 4:00
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 0:00
  1. BeerTemple Bar in Amsterdam.

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Beer Temple specializes in American beers and has 35 beers on draft and 200 bottled beers. A nice place for the American in us all, but also a great opportunity to taste some new beers, too.

Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250, Amsterdam.

Opening Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 12:00 – 24:00
  • Friday – Saturday: 12:00 – 02:00
  1. In De Wildeman Bar in Amsterdam.

craft beer Netherlands Rakbo De Wildeman

In the Wildeman is a cozy place (without music) in a former distillery close to Amsterdam Centraal where you can have some unique beers in an intimate setting. They have over 18 different kinds of draft beers and more than 250 bottled beers. The crowds coming in always vary, but the vibe remains chill and fun!

Address: Kolksteeg 3, Amsterdam.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 12:00 – 01:00
  • Friday – Saturday: 12:00 – 02:00
  • Sunday: Closed
  1. De Prael Brewery in Amsterdam.

craft beer Netherlands Rakbo De Prael

Beer and decent humanity are the keywords of De Prael. Not just a brewery, De Prael offers jobs to people who cannot find a normal job very easily. Close to the central station and the Red Light District, there is an alley where you can find the De Prael Brewery. Alongside their own freshly drafted beers, they also organize events such as beer challenges and bingo nights. And don’t forget to relax in their awesome interior.

Address: Oudezijds Armsteeg 26, Amsterdam.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 12:00 – 24:00
  • Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 – 01:00
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 23:00
  1. Oproer Brewery in Utrecht.

craft beer Netherlands Rakbo Oproer

Oproer Brewpub is a hell of a great concept. Next to their own brewed beers, you can enjoy food from their vegan proof kitchen. Oproer received the Vegan Award at the Vegfest in the category of ‘Best Vegan Friendly Restaurant.’ Sounds good for the vegan students out there! The brewpub is also kid friendly as well; they are able to drink apple juice and enjoy themselves in the kids’ corner while their parents sip away at their beers. You can find the Oproer Brewpub next to Station Utrecht Zuilen.

Address: CAB-Rondom 90A, Utrecht.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday – Thursday: 16:00 – 23:00
  • Friday – Saturday: 15:00 – 00:00
  • Sunday: 15:00 – 22:00
  1. Kaapse Brouwers in Rotterdam.

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One of the #1 best brewpubs of the Netherlands is in… Rotterdam! Right inside the Fenix Food Factory (foodhall) and close to the main port, you can enjoy some very great beers at the Kaapse Brouwers. They have some great options on draft, that vary from time by time, and a very great atmosphere within. Next to their brewpub, they have their own bottle shop, too, so you can buy some bottles for your trip home as well. Pro-tip: order the test board of the Kaapse Brouwers. You will receive six of your own beers to taste.  Yum!

Address: Veerlaan 19-D, Rotterdam.

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday – Sunday  12:00 – 23:00
  • Monday: Closed
  1. Van Moll Brewery in Eindhoven.

craft beer Netherlands Rakbo van moll

Now we’re off to my hometown! Another brewpub that shares the #1 spot with the Kaapse Brouwers is Van Moll in Eindhoven, a very cozy place where you can enjoy 24 draft beers and a ton of other bottled beers, which vary  from time to time as well. The crowd varies a lot as well, and the atmosphere is always good. Also, the service is outstanding, with very nice and helpful servers who will always come by and help you pick out the best beers suited for your tastes!

Address: Keizersgracht 16A.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Wednesday  17:00 – 01:00
  • Thursday – Sunday  15:00 – 01:00

So, are there more craft beer drinkers over here? Let me know! Cheers!

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Xiao Xia Nguyen

I am Xiao Xia Nguyen, 22 years old and I am from the Netherlands. During the fall semester of 2016, I have studied in Madrid for 5 months. I have finished the study Business Administration in 's-Hertogenbosch succesfully. What to do next? There are a lot of options to choose from; following a master degree, travelling, starting a career, etc. Life is good! I love to discover new places and hotspots in different countries. You can also make me happy with some good black coffee or craft beer!

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