Beer is the number one bar drink in Amsterdam. So it's not very surprising that there are so many brown cafes in Amsterdam. Some of them date back to the late 1600! Most of the brew pubs are located in the historic city center. Lately more and more neighborhood bars open the doors. If you're going to explore Amsterdam West or Amsterdam East make sure to go to Bar Brouw and Brouwerij 't IJ.
The last few years the trend of craft beers and locally brewed beers is becoming more and more popular in Amsterdam. Some small scale breweries are: Butcher's tears brewery, Oedipus Brewing, Brouwerij Pampus,
Two Chefs Brewing and Brouwerij de Vriendschap. At some of the brew pubs in Amsterdam you will find these beers on the menu such as Van Mechelen Stadscafe.
Most of the Brew Pubs that have beer on draft have Belgian beers. Some of the cafes have over 250 different Belgian beers. It's highly recommended to ask the bar tender to help you pick a beer that's best for your taste.
Some of the older brew pubs in Amsterdam have a special programme upon request. Book a tour through the actual brewery of Brouwerij 't IJ or book a beer tasting at Arendsnest. The options in Amsterdam are endless when it comes to artisanal beer.