Have you ever seen the combination of a windmill and a brewery? Seated in front of the Molen de Gooyer in Amsterdam is the Brouwerij ‘t IJ. The brew company was founded in a small building by the river IJ back in 1983. In 1985, the brewery was moved into the Funenmolen building, a disused public bathhouse alongside the Molen de Gooyer where it remains today. The IJ comes from the river's name, and the brewery brews all its wares locally.
- Take a guided tour of this local beer brewery.
- Discover the secret of the beers of Brouwerij 't IJ.
- Conclude your visit with a tasty beer.
Molen de Gooyer
The former flour mill is one of the six original windmills still standing in Amsterdam, and of these six, De Gooyer is the closest to the historic center of the city. It was built in 1725 and moved in 1814 to continue to catch the wind (new buildings had blocked it). Currently sharing its property with the Brouwerij ‘t IJ, the windmill attracts many customers. Molen de Gooyer is regarded as the highest wooden windmill in the Holland, making these two establishments easy to spot on your leisurely tour of Amsterdam.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ is the perfect spot to sit down for a snack and a beer. If the weather allows, the brewery runs a terrace at the foot of the mill where you can find a table and enjoy a glass of great beer. The brewery also has a tasting room in the Blauwe Theehuis at the Vondelpark, where you can have dinner at night.
Are you curious to see how Brouwerij ‘t IJ brews its beer? On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the brewers offer a guided tour of the brewery. The tour is available in Dutch and English. Discover everything there is to know about the brewery’s extraordinary history and the brewing process, and conclude your tour with a delicious beer. You cannot book a tour, please check the website of Brouwerij ‘t IJ ahead of time for up-to-date information on times.