The Best Dutch Craft Breweries

Photo of Tom Coggins
28 January 2017

Over the past decade, the Netherlands has experienced a substantial craft brewing boom which has led to the creation of several fantastic, independent breweries. Many of these small-scale enterprises have become exceptionally famous inside the Netherlands, whilst other have even broken into the international brewing scene. Here’s a rundown of the best craft beer producers in the Netherlands.

Kompaan Brewery

Kompaan has been making premium beers in the Hague since 2012, and the brewery’s first few batches sold out almost immediately. Since then, they have moved into a bigger plant and created several fantastic lines of ale, lager and witbiers. The brewery is still expanding and continues to create outstanding seasonal and regular brews from the Hague.

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

Brouwerij ‘t IJ is located underneath the largest windmill in Amsterdam and stamps its bottles with labels featuring this iconic, Dutch machine. Due to its outstanding brews and incredible location, the brewery is a household name in the Netherlands, and many bars in Amsterdam keep Brouwer ‘t IJ beers on tap. The brewery is particularly well-known for its stronger, darker beers, like its Natte and Zatte.

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Oedipus Brewing

Amsterdam’s Oedipus Brewery was founded by four beer loving friends that wanted to experiment and perfect their brewing capabilities. Oedipus is well known in North-Holland for its unconventional, original brews and its daring approach to brewing. Its headquarters in Amstedan-Noord features a cosy taproom that has all of Oedipus beers on tap and its team regularly organise musical and culinary events


Jopen was founded in 1992 after a group in Haarlem decided to establish a brewery that was dedicated to recreating their hometown’s historical brewing recipes. To accomplish this, they used old recipes borrowed from Haarlem’s city archives and began applying their research. Today, Jopen is a full-scale enterprise and has moved its headquarters to a church on the outskirts of Haarlem’s Medieval city centre, where its team continues to make superb lines of international and Dutch beers.

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Uiltje Brewing Company

Considering that Jopen is Uiltje Brewing Company’s main competitor, it is remarkable that this small brewery has successfully managed to chisel out a unique place within Haarlem’s craft beer scene. The company launched in 2012 and has since gone on to create several lines of tasty, imaginative beers that are all stamped with an adorable cartoon owl. Their operation is still growing and Uiltje Breweing Company recently opened a new bar in Haarlem.

Texelse Bierbrouwerij

As its name suggests, this brewery is located on the northern Dutch island Texel and uses local ingredients, fresh water and craftsmanship to make its delicious beers. Its seasonal ranges are always superb and include Dutch classics such as dark bocks or fruity witbiers as well as speciality brews like its Eyerlander- a smooth, amber beer that is named after Texel’s northern coast.

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Oersoep Brouwerij

Like many craft brewers, the team behind Oersoep Brouwerij started making beer at home, and after tasting their first creations, quickly realised the potential of their small enterprise. As their venture grew, Oersoep Brouwerij moved their operation into a old honey factory in Nijmegen. Apart from conventional lagers, the brewery also experiments with its beverages and is currently working on a batch that contains Brettanomyces yeast- an unpredictable agent that gives beer a rich, unconventional flavour.

De Kaapse Brouwers

Rotterdam is fast becoming the best place in the Netherlands to experience the finer sides of Dutch cuisine. Over the past few years several innovative culinary projects have been constructed inside the city, including its massive, state-of-the-art market hall, and Fenix Food Factory. De Kaapse Brouwers can be found inside the latter location and shares the building with several other inventive enterprises. The brewery’s beers simultaneously represent Rotterdam’s distinctive charms, whilst adding modern twists to classic recipes.


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