We wrote a popular blog post in for CEDIA called Five Breweries To See While You Are in Denver At CEDIA Expo. Given its success and our awesome Amsterdam beer experience in the past we’ve decided to write a similar post for ISE 2015!   So take some time to stop and see ihiji at stand #10-N114 (co-exhibiting with Control4) then hit the town in the evening to enjoy one of these excellent establishments.

We’re craft beer enthusiasts and so have omitted the behemoth Heineken Amstel brewery from this list. These beer bars, breweries and bottle shops are all very unique with some real local charm.


Herengracht 90

Amsterdam, 1015 BS

This is a really cool classic bar that serves only Dutch beer. The staff is very knowledgable, people are friendly and beer is fantastic. The relaxing atmosphere makes this my top pick for grabbing a pint.

Arendsnest in Amsterdam
Beer Temple

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250

Amsterdam, 1012 RR

Beer temple is one of the most unique beer bars in Amsterdam because they sell mostly American beers. I was very surprised by both the quantity and quality of beer they had on tap here. Lots of west coast style IPAs with big HOPS! It is conveniently located in central amsterdam right off the tram route. The Bierkoning and In De Wildeman are within walking distance of this bar.

Beer Spots in Amsterdam
Brouwerij’t IJ

Funenkade 7,

Amsterdam 1016 AL

During my first trip to Amsterdam I asked some locals while at Arendsnest if I should go to the Heineken brewery. They quickly said that if I wanted a great beer at a cool establishment that the IJ brewery was the place to be. The IJ is located within walking distance of central Amsterdam and is housed in an old windmill – talk about unique! They give tours on a set schedule but you can also stop in during regular hours and enjoy some of their finest suds.

Beer Spots Amsterdam
Brouwerij De Prael

Oudezijds Armsteeg 26

Amsterdam, 1012 GP

The Prael Brewery is a brewpub in central Amsterdam with a nice lineup of their own beers. If you’re in the area it’s a great place to stop in for a drink and a bite of food. Be careful, there is a gift shop and brewery with limited hours but the brewpub is around the corner which is easily missed!

Beer Spots in Amsterdam
Cafe Gollem

Multiple Locations

A locals feeling makes this a great cafe to stop in for a beer and a plate of cheese. They have a number of locations around Amsterdam and some feature live music. Cafe Gollem is a sure bet for a good beer, pub eats and relaxing after a long day at the RAI.

Gollem in Amsterdam
De Bierkoning

Paleisstraat 125

Amsterdam, 1012 ZL

The Bierkoning is not actually a bar but it’s a very cool bottle shop in Amsterdam. They have an amazing selection of beers from all over the world, many of which are well known and top quality. If you like craft beer I highly suggest stopping in to check out their selection.

Bierkoning in Amsterdam
In De Wildeman

Kolksteeg 3

Amsterdam, 1012 PT

This is another cool bar that is located in an old distillery. They had a good selection of Belgian and Dutch beers. I’d recommend stopping in but it was crowded the couple of times I went in so if you’re looking for a seat you may try walking down to Beer Temple after you’ve sampled a few.

In De Wildeman in Amsterdam
Stop by and see ihiji at stand 10-N114 at ISE (we’re co-exhibiting with Control4) and share your favorite beer spots!  We hope to see you at one of these fine establishments after the show has wound down.

Proost, cheers, A la votre, prost, salud, Sláinte!

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