De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle)
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 34
5/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
another absolutely world-class Amsterdam beer store.
This has a slight advantage over De Bierkoning in that it is located directly across the alley (about 3 feet) from a world class beer-bar in Cafe Gollem, so this 2-stop combination is strongly encouraged when in Amsterdam.
I hit Cafe Gollem first with my dad and then stumbled out to notice a beer store in front of me. I recognized the name as the other beerstore i really wanted to visit, and ironically i had no clue that it was going to be right here - what a great surprise.
the store was temporarily closed but i had very little time so i rang the bell and the shopkeep opened up for me (he was on his lunchbreak). I expressed my gratitude and mentioned that i had read about his store in the United States. This guy was fantastic and recommended some nice dutch brews and we had some great beer convos.
The Westy's were out and about at this stop too, and they had vintages of at least the 12 that dated back to 1998. Belgian and dutch beers were present in overwhelming quantities. This and De Bierkoning are not big stores (space-wise) but they are just overflowing with gems.
The US beer selection here was similar to De Bierkoning (great divide, terrapin, etc) but also had some shocking items - Port Hop 15?!?!? How the hell is that even possible? Apparently, they make trips to the States and import the beers themselves. I doubt its legal, but its sure cool. They also had the rarer DFH line available with hefty price tags.
A phenomenal experience.
07-20-2008 18:10:33 | More by dirtylou
4.2/5 rDev -8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by here with my wife on a recent trip to Holland. I head read alot of reviews of things place. Mostly good but some no so good. Overall my experience was very good. Cool little store with a great selection of Belgian beers and nice addition of some English and German beers I wanted but didn't have the room to drag home on the train. I ended up just getting a Struise glass that I had been looking for for some time. They had a handful of hard to find STruise beers at decent prices. I also saw a crate or 2 of Westvleteren 12 but I wasn't in the market at the time to buy any. They had a few bottles from DFH and a few other American craft brewers which was cool to see. Although I doubt they were for sale, they also had some bottles in the back from Lost Abbey and Stone.
Worth a trip if you are in Amsterdam and it is one of the best shops in town.
Forgot to mention, right when you walk in the door there is a cool bench made out of Westvletern crates. Really cool.
05-17-2008 19:18:56 | More by ggaughan
4.65/5 rDev +1.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Oh the Cracked Kettle is another "must do" when in Amsterdam. It's located at Ramsteeg 3 near the corner of Spuistraat, right across from Cafe Gollem. The shop is about identical in size with the Bier Koning on Paleisstraat. Only difference though is that The Cracked Kettle has a larger "downstairs area" and Bier Koning has a larger "upstairs area" for shopping.
Cracked Kettle has a fine selection of Dutch, Belgian, German, and American brews plus lots of other offerings. The staff is extremely helpful, patient, and knowledgeable. The shop is pricey, especially by USA standards. Shipping back to the states is also extremely expensive. It can easily cost you up to $140 USD to ship a case of beer home via FedEx...
They are also a good karma shop that supports beer trading. When I recently visited, I purchases a DL 09' and a BA Angels Share that they had received in a trade from an American.
05-11-2009 17:35:35 | More by koopa
4/5 rDev -13%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
While cafe gollem was closed we ventured to find de Gekraakte ketel- and guess what- it's right in front. i expected a bit more from this place. as we walked in it has a cava like style with the beer selection in the first section and harder liquors ar the back (well, it's about 20sq meters so it isn't too far back). we were served by a scottish bloke who we asked about the beers they carried. while the selection must excede 120, it wasn't too amazing when compared to the Bierkoning, which is THE PLACE in amsterdam. i liked it, tho. prices were alright and some things they don't carry at the king's they do have here (read: deus, for example). I was quite glad and although my budget right then and there didn't allow me to make purchases, i did take note for next time.
07-11-2006 20:05:40 | More by Andreji
4.3/5 rDev -6.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very tiny beer store across the alley from Cafe Gollum. They specialize in hard to find Belgians like Pannepot, Westvleterein, etc. Also carry a few cans of Grolsch and Heinekin for tourists.
Also had a few American specialities: Rogue, Dogfish 120 (at $11 for a 12 oz. bottle!), Anchor. A few odds 'n ends from UK and Germany.
Most of the bottles were priced 5% more than at de Bierkonig. They generally have more rarities however.
They also stock a few items of glassware.
Worth a visit, especially if you've been to Cafe Gollum. They also have internet sales and will pack and ship.
06-29-2009 14:28:12 | More by joedon
4.85/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had already spoken with one of the owners Andy before I left for my trip and we set up a trade ahead of time. I got there and was immediately greeted by Andy and I selected some good beers for the trade. This was the one exception to rude service in Central Amsterdam. It seems that there is a bias against younger Americans in the touristy areas of Amsterdam; not totally without reason I guess.
They have all the standard Belgian beers plus more including Westvleteren beers and a good selection of Dutch beers as well. For the ex-pats in the area, he does have some English and German (including Andechs) beers and is expanding his American selection as well. When I was there he had some Great Divide beers and various other brands as well. I was looking for some rare beers and he didnt have them so he gave me directions to the other beer store in the city, De Beerkoning. Although De Beerkoning has a slightly bigger selection, I would definitely recommend The Cracked Kettle over De Beerkoning because I found the service to be much better.
07-11-2007 20:38:00 | More by drseamus
British Indian Ocean Territory
4.5/5 rDev -2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great location, set up, selection, and service. The guys running the store are obviously knowledgable and a pleasure to speak with. The pricing however was quite steep, so be prepared to open your wallet wide (Pannepot Reserva 75cl @ $30 Euro's) Still no saisons to speak off - what's up with that. No love for the farmhouse beers apparently. Luckily we went to Houffilze, Roche and Soy - Fantome abound. Would've dearly loved to purchase the 75cl Aardmonnik if only I had room in my luggage.
Good selection of glassware, and if wine and scotch is your thing, they've got some good choices as well.
The hours are good as they are open late, and all the more perfect to spend all those leftover euro's after a slightly drunken visit to Gollem - an easy trip and stumble out the door. Just watch out for Snoppy prowling in the alley.
01-13-2008 16:44:31 | More by CBA
4.7/5 rDev +2.2%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Made the trip to the Cracked Kettle for a "little" bit of shopping during a trip to Amsterdam. Located on an alley (pedestrian and bicycle traffic only) between Spuistraat and Singel in the city Centrum.
The shop is small, but you are blown away by the breadth and depth of their selection of Belgian, Dutch, and German beers. There are even a few American offerings (SN, Left Hand, Dogfish Head). You'll find your standard well-known European beers, but also a good selection of lesser known Dutch and Belgian micros. If not visible, ask about any special vintages. They had some 98 Westvleterns, several of the old St. Sixtus bottles, and lord-knows-how-old bottles of Westmalle with rusted caps! They also had plenty of fresh Westvleterns during my visit.
The gentleman minding the shop was helpful in picking out beers, checking prices and making recommendations. Prices were reasonable for the most part, although some of the harder to find beers had the expected price markup.
Definitely stop in, and head over to Cafe Gollem across the way when youre done!
10-23-2007 00:46:12 | More by jasonm
4.65/5 rDev +1.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Just an awesome place literally right across the alley from Cafe Gollem, one of the best beer bars in Amsterdam. Bottle seclection is quite good, but the real gem that I found was a Struise (brewers of Pannepot) tulip glass. Super rare (evidently only one of six in the Netherlands) and evidently so as I was not able to find it anywhere in Brugge, nor Bruxelles. Unfortunately Gekraakte was out of the Pannepot, but I was overjoyed to get a glass none the less. When I was there one of the owners had just gotten back from California and I spied a crate of Pizza Port bottles. Yes, Pizza Port in Amsterdam. I couldn't believe it. I bought some dutch beers to bring home for a tasting session with a friend of mine, I will update my review once we drink them. Beer prices were good, glass prices seemed average to high. Absolutely go here. Just stop what you are doing, walk away from the computer and go here NOW!
04-03-2008 15:17:43 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
4.2/5 rDev -8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I went the order on line route for this place as I saw it mentioned in a post on BA.
Ordering was easy enough and I asked for 3 bottles each of Pannepot Grand Reserva, Guinness Special Export(John Martin), Berliner Kindlweisse, and 2 bottles of Westvleteren 6, which actually turned out to be the Blonde. I emailed them about the wrong labelling of the 6 and they have fixed that.
Anywho, they were very quick with their email responses to any questions I had but apparently, after a few weeks, I found out that they were out of the Berliner and were waiting for more to come in.
It took roughly a month and a half before I got my beers but they were well packaged and all were in great condition. The cost was very high due to the rate of exchange between the Dollar and the Euro but I knew that when I went into this transaction. Rates have since changed and are much better for US consumers.
Other than the out of stock predicament which wasn't shown on their website, I'd say the overall experience was pretty darned good. I can recommend them.
11-16-2008 16:14:26 | More by Bitterbill
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De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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