Amsterdam Microbrewing

There are two interesting events for people that want to learn (and taste) more about Amsterdam microbreweries in the next two weeks. The ‘Local Goods market’ and beer lectures and beer tasting in Pakhuis de Zwijger. But first let me start with a confession: As a German that moved to the Netherlands I was as arrogant as most Germans when it comes to beer. ‘German beer is the best’ is beyond dispute. So why even try other beers… well, maybe to find out that German is indeed often pretty OK. But also a bit boring. Pils, Weizen, some dark beers. That’s it…1

Beer brewing infographic Brewing process (beautiful infographics taken from this site).

Living in Amsterdam quickly cured me of the wrong idea that ‘Dutch beer’ equals ‘Heineken’ (which is even more boring than most German pils). I was delighted to find many fantastic, locally brewed beers in a lot of bars and shops2. And I also found out that quite a lot of people are really enthusiastic about good beer3. So forget about the huge brands like Heineken or Amstel and better taste one of the many beers from smaller breweries. In Amsterdam alone there is already quite a number of them. Some are already fairly established such as Brouwerij ‘t IJ or Brouwerij de Prael. And then there is the rapidly growing number of interesting microbreweries. Some I know and really like are Two Chefs, Oedipus, and Butcher’s Tears. But new microbreweries keep coming up… a good chance to have a closer look/taste at what they have to offer!


  1. Jaja, I know, there is also Bockbier and Doppelbock and so on… but in most bars you will find only 2 or 3 rather ‘normal’ (aka boring) beer types. []
  2. Of course if you visit German cities like Berlin you’ll also find a rapidly increasing number of microbreweries. So hopefully the variation in beer styles might also change soon in Germany. []
  3. Enthusiastic as in ‘drinking-high-quality-tasty-beer’ and not like in ‘enthusiastically-drinking-tons-of-beer-whatsoever’. []

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