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, 1012 ZL
phone: +31 20 625 2336
(Place added by: dmeadows)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
A small store close to the main shopping streets of Amsterdam, recognizable by the ever present stack of crates outside.
Once inside there's a wall of different glasses behind the counter and beyond that it's old wooden floors and shelves with a home made "as long as it works" look. It may have looked cheap or shoddy if you could actually see much of the shelves at all as there's beer everywhere, from the floor to the ceiling and in any other available spot there's beers, it gets hard to navigate when there's a couple people inside because so much of the store is filled with beer.
The selection is vast, they claim to always have at least 1000 beers in stock, I've never tried to count but I don't doubt it. The beers are sorted by country and brewery with a small section downstairs for Guezes, Lambics and a few Ciders.
There's rarities everywhere you look, from 3 Fonteinen's Armand'4 to Westvleteren, Mikkeler, a huge amount of De Molen beers, a good stock from various American breweries (The Lost Abbey, Hoppin' Frog, Shorts, Russian River and more) and occasionally even things like Zombie Dust, Hopslam and Pliny. There's also plenty of German and British beers and a bunch of others from around the world. I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I walk in there.
The staff is friendly and just as enthusiastic about beer as any of the customers and willing to help out and point you in the right direction. The staff's choice beers are also often beers I probably wouldn't have picked up otherwise that were definitely worth trying.
Although they're a little pricey they have a lot of beers that are simply very hard to get otherwise and considering the place of the shop it's really not bad at all.
In short, it's the perfect beer store in my opinion and a place you simply can't ignore if you're in Amsterdam.
EDIT: I went there again yesterday and not only did I get recognized, I even got a glass for free for being a good customer even though I've only been there 6 or 7 times so far. Of course I have splurged quite a bit each time, but still I wouldn't have expected them to recognize me much less give me something for free. Thought it was worth adding this to my review.
04-15-2012 12:26:32 |
More by Aethien
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stumbled across this place a few years ago, didn't realise at the time what I had found but it was my first experience of Cantillon and Girardin. It just gets better everytime I go.
Most recent visit a week ago, its a tiny little place just off Dam Square, lots of crates on the pavement outside, and the place is filled to the ceiling with beer. Three little levels with the lambics hidden under the stairs, with its cramped nature, steep stairs, wooden floors, its thoroughly Amsterdonian.
As for the beers - Most belgiums, Westvleteren 6, 8 & 12 available, big variety of lambics, good selection of UK, Scandanavian and US beers including Russian River - Pliny the Elder for 15 euros and a huge selection of Dutch.
What this place is really characterised by is the staff who are always approachable, enthusiastic and willing to help. I asked for a couple of typical US IPAs and got into a enlightening discussion on the merits of UK, Belgium and US styles. Anyway I ended up with a couple of cheap ones - Raging Bitch and Anderson Valley Imperial - under 3 euros each as well as Westvleteren 12, Drie fontenien gueze and Cantillon kriek which were a litle more expensive.
In summary, this is, without doubt, the finest beer shop I have visited.
02-26-2012 10:11:11 |
More by tenesmus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I've been coming here regularly for the past few years now, so it's probably time to write a more recent review.
De Bierkoning is an Amsterdam institution. It is right off the Dam, which is the main square in the city, and is only about a 10 minute walk from the train station. There is no excuse not to go here.
The shop is small and cramped. Beer is stacked everywhere, and it can be relatively difficult to walk around. Put a couple customers in there, and you've got a traffic jam. That said, the store is quite beautiful. Creeky old wood, boxes and bottles stacked all over, and some nice swag hung up around the joint. The beautiful wall of glasses also begs for attention while the guys are ringing up your bottles.
Lots of quality stuff here, with brews from all over the world. Belgium is well represented, of course, and there are often bottles of Westvleteren for 15 EUR a bottle. Plenty of other trappist and abbey beers are here, as well as a few select Struise offerings. The only place where they are a little thin is in their gueuze and lambic selection. There is a little corner downstairs with some standard Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Boon, and a few others hanging around, but it is all pretty standard stuff.
The back wall has lots of German lager and weizen, as well as whatever bock is in season. Stop off here for some Andechs if you're looking for some. There is also a pile of brews from smaller Scandinavian breweries. Mikkeller, Amager, Nogne, Evil Twin, Hornbeer, etc., are all here to some extent.
The side wall showcases lots of different bitters and stouts from the UK, and the Dutch part has been growing by the month. De Molen is stacked here, and new Dutch brews seem to be coming out all the time. Breweries like Emelisse, Vat no.13, Schans and Jopen are all getting pretty creative. Very interesting time for the Dutch scene, and this is your one stop place to check them out.
The American craft selection has grown exponentially over the last two years as well. When I first started going there, it was Flying Monkey, Left Hand, Southern Tier, Lost Abbey, Port, Rogue, and a couple others. Since then, we've expanded to include Founders, Dark Horse, Alesmith, Smuttynose, The Bruery, and a host of others. This is great for the beer geek in the low countries, and might be interesting for the American tourist stopping through.
The guys and girls at De Bierkoning do a great job keeping the place in order, and also enjoy a little chat when things aren't busy. They all speak excellent English as well, so feel free to make conversation. Also, Jan likes to trade, either for the shop or for his own enjoyment, so don't forget to bring something in to swap.
De Bierkoning is a must stop for anyone passing through the city, and is more than worth the effort if you live in this part of the world.
09-02-2011 08:34:07 |
More by Jeffo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Wow, excellent place. They claim to have 1100 beers, all filed away in their shelves. Very reasonably priced. I was shocked how reasonable and so I walked away with 29 bottles. Very good Dutch and Belgian selection, but they have German, English and American as well. Great de Molen selection. Sours and Lambics are downstairs in a smaller area. The employees were really nice and gave me a Bierkoning bottle opener. I'm glad I came by here before I went to the Cracked Kettle, both for the prices and selection.
06-11-2011 17:45:11 |
More by sfprint
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Went here on my recent trip to Amsterdam, had an absolutely fantastic time shopping here and picked up a bunch of rare de moulen beers. they had a ton of cantillon, drie fontaine etc. Highly recommend if your in amsterdam and looking for great craft beer. They had much better pricing than the cracked kettle as well. They also were a lot friendlier. They had 2 huge levels of beers and had pretty much all the major belgian and dutch beers that you could want.
It was somewhat hard to find the shop though as their sign isn't terribly big.
04-17-2011 22:03:26 |
More by psiweaver
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Cool little(and I do mean little) bottle shop near BearTemple. If this place had more than 10 people in it at one time, it would be pretty crowded.
Two coolers on the main floor and large bottle selection up a few steps on the second level. Great represtation from Holland, Belgium, US and Britain through out the store and well organized by country/region.
Just like BeerTemple, De Bierkoning has a better selection of American craft than anywhere in Nashville. Now for the glass selection...wow. They have an entire wall, 20ft. high filled with glassware.
The employees were all friendly and helpful when I had questions. If you're looking to enjoy great beer in your hotel/apartement or bring back a couple of bottles with you to the states, this is a great place to stop. They have anything you'd want here for sure.
02-28-2011 18:06:14 |
More by titosupertramp
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This bottle shop is cramped, so make sure you have full balance when navigating the place, if you know what i mean...
Great selection of Belgian and other beers. They have a lot of rare beers, such as Westvleteren 12, as I found a bunch of bottles here at just under 5 euro per bottle. Needless to say, I stocked up here!
They also have an epic selection of beer glasses, and I mean large selection. I must have bought at least 10 glasses here.
Pricing is not bad at all, especially for the Westvleteren! Also, the service is top notch. Very nice lady helped me all three times I came to this store. Will visit every time I hit up Amsterdam for sure!
02-03-2011 22:57:53 |
More by jeffaz02t
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is right next to Dam. I went to Gollem, then walked back to my hostel in de Wall, stopping by here to pick up some more brews to try. Good selection, but not as good as the cracked kettle, which is also nearby. A large selection, though, of drinking glasses. I picked up a Chimay goblet for 5 euro. This place seems a bit commercialized, not really a mom-and-pop store feel. I preferred cracked kettle, but this is, technically, a great beer store. It carries a wide array of different beers and has them labeled by region, somewhat helpful.
08-19-2010 05:10:30 |
More by pauljmccain
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
During one of my visits in Amsterdam, I decided to have a look at the Bierkoning. It is a relatively small shop, close to the central train station and the main shopping street in Amsterdam. The shop is packed with all types of beers, from a range of countries (Dutch, Belgium, UK, Swedish, Danish, USA and some more).
I didn't find any vintage or rare beers there (ok, they have very expensive fresh Westvleteren), but the selection is still impressive in size. Turnover seems very high. No old bottles on the shelves and busy at the time I was there. The staff in the shop is very friendly, although they never reply to question asked by email (which is bad, because they don't have a beerlist online, so one doesn't know what is available).
In general, great shop. Pay it a visit when around!
09-25-2009 11:39:07 |
More by rvdoorn
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is by far, one of the coolest places I have ever been. Granted, I haven't really traveled Europe... but I imagine that this place would still rank high in my book if I did!
This store is beer and nothing but beer. And nearly everything on their shelves is craft, micro or an artisanal brew. It was like being in a playland.
The only thing they DIDN'T have (just because I had poor timing with my visit) was Westvleteren 12.
Just the atmosphere alone makes this place worth seeing. Just browsing the shelves was like being in something of a beer museum.
Truly amazing. Catch a flight to Amsterdam to see this place if for nothing else ;)
07-28-2009 01:16:51 |
More by jgasparine
De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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