roblog - Official Blog of Rob Hurvitz

18 May 2011 - 2:58:49 PM
Brouwerij 't IJ

This Amsterdam brewery has been around since the 80s, is located at a windmill, and brews up organic beers. And with a name like Brouwerij 't IJ, I just had to visit. They had five beers on tap and one more in a bottle, so it was good I had all late afternoon and early evening to relax with a sampler tray and a small plate of sheep cheese from a local farm where the sheep are fed the spent grain from the brewery. I wanted to ask if they had a file on the particular sheep that produced the milk and if that sheep was happy, had sheep friends, but I didn't think they'd get the Portlandia joke.

The brewery is open only from 3:00 to 8:00, and they do a free tour Fridays at 4:00. I showed up on Thursday so I just got to drink beer. There were a few folks already enjoying a brew in the sun when I arrived around 5:00, and it just got more and more crowded until it was basically standing room only when they closed.

    Rob's Picks
  • Plzen - 5% - Bready, slight honey flavor. Good bitterness. Not too light. A good beer.
  • Zatte - 8% - Their Belgian Tripel style. Nutty, smooth, and really nice. Darkest in color of the five on tap.
  • Columbus - 9% - Tastes kind of like a tripel. Complex sweet caramel, strong alcohol, but with a slight spiciness. A beer to drink slowly.
    The Rest
  • IJWit - 7% - Sweeter and smoother than the Plzen. Lemony flavor. Reminds me of a thicker Hoegaarden. Vaguely oily on the tongue, which was interesting.
  • Natte - 6.5% - Less nutty, more sweet, lighter in color than the Zatte. This is their dubbel. Still looking for a dubbel that I really like...
  • Strius - 9% - bottle - Much more like the Belgian dubbels I've had. Pretty bock-y, with that sweetness I'm not so fond of.

The very photogenic Brouwerij 't IJ -- Amsterdam, Netherlands

IJ sampler
Sampler tray at the IJ -- Amsterdam, Netherlands

Turned out they had two different logo glasses for sale. A full-size glass and a smaller taster-size glass. I gave in to temptation and bought the small one. It's small -- so it's not nearly as crazy as carrying around Europe a large glass for a month. I'm just carrying around Europe a small glass for a month...
< >


Spare some change?

subscribe:  RSS

roblog archives

Jun May Apr Mar Feb

Dec Nov Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan

Oct Sep Apr Mar Jan

Dec Oct Sep Aug Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan

Dec Nov Jul Jun May

Dec Mar Feb Jan

Dec Nov Oct Sep Jul Mar

Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan

Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan

Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan

Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb

brewery posts

[+] washington
[+] oregon
[+] california
[+] michigan
[+] british columbia
[+] belgium
[+] france
[+] netherlands
[+] switzerland
[+] south america

old travel journals

- Road Trip 2001
- India 2001
- Turkey 2000

buy me something!

  my amazon wish list

Home | Photo Galleries | Bookshelf | CD Shelf | Lighthouses | The Hat
Copyright © 1998-2019 Robert Hurvitz. All rights reserved.