- Brouwerij ‘t IJ
- Some Short History
- The Brewery
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Some Short History
Brouwerij ‘t IJ is one of Amsterdam’s oldest craft beer microbreweries, starting in 1985. The name “IJ” came from the nearby river, which is also a pun for egg “ei”, hence the egg-shaped brewery logo.
Before we went to Brouwerij ‘t IJ we first enjoyed some of its products few days ago at a restaurant (my tactics of drinking more of its products :-).
Super Beer-pairing food
We first ordered some typical Holland and Amsterdam region food
Amsterdam special: upper right: liver sausages. Lower right: my favorite, raw meat sausages. Lower left: Dutch old cheese. Upper left: refreshing small pickled onions and cucumbers.
Holland special: right: typical smoked salmon on sliced bread. Upper left: beef croquettes. Upper right: shrimp croquettes.
Natte (Belgium Dubbel)
Natte means “wet”. It was Brouwerij ‘t IJ’s oldest beer. A brown ale with earthy and nut flavors.
A nice English IPA, more floral and less fruity fragrance.
Zatte (Belgium Tripel)
Zatte means “sit down”. It was Brouwerij ‘t IJ’s 2nd oldest beer. A sweet beer with cloudy appearance. Its light color and sweetness hid its high 8% alcolhol content.
A few days after we then visit the actual brewery. Brouwerij ‘t IJ can be seen far away by its signature windmill.
The brewery’s De Gooyer Windmill.
The brewery’s big logo.
Old logo perhaps?
Brouwerij ‘t IJ’s building was once a city bath house. The entrance still preserved the original gender-separated bath house entrances.
Women and men entrances.
Besides its own beers, Brouwerij ‘t IJ also displayed lots of beers from other breweries.
The main bar front.
Equipment next to the tap room.
Wonder what the words written on the boxes mean?
Where the real magic came from.
Brewery menu. We tried the Plzen (pils, in-house only), IJWit (wheat beer. The name literally became “egg white”) and Flink (tropical session beer)
Not sure which beer this one was. Pairing with two sausages was really good!
Brouwerij ‘t IJ also had a glass with three beer combo box. The price of 8 Euro was really worthwhile! Even adding an additional beer is only 2 Euro each.
I also smuggled another its beer, Struis, an English style barley wine, back to Taiwan and shared with my friends. Very pronounced grape/cranberry fragrant, sweet, and with small lingering bitter finish. Excellent!