Sitting outside at Brouwerij IJ on a sunny day, under the erratic shadows of a windmill, sampling the variety of beers that are brewed right there, felt pretty good. We were too late to sign up for the brewery tour, but I bet it's worth it. The patio was crowded but the line to get beer was never too long, and lots of friendly locals were there to chat.
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Microbrewery in Amsterdam
Beer drinkers in Amsterdam have other options besides the Heineken brewery tour! There are several microbrews around the city around the city. My favorite: Brouwerij't IJ. Housed right under a windmill and outside the immediate city center, this warm brew pub serves a simple list of beers including pilsners, IPAs, and Belgian inspired brews. The menu is small, mostly meat, cheese, and bread, but more food isn't needed with these filling and flavorful beers.