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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Amp Up in Amsterdam


4. Insider’s Tip

Swill local beers in the shadow of a windmill at Brouwerij 't IJ.  

Windmills are synonymous with the Netherlands, and Amsterdam is home to eight. Happily, the easiest one to get to (via tram) is also the most fun. Brouwerij 't IJ (open every day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) is a traditional microbrewery inside a windmill dating back to the eighteenth century. Watch the stainless-steel brewing system through the windows while sipping a Belgian-style organic beer, like the coriander-and-lemon-flavored IJwit ($2.75). The pub is tiny, so arrive early to score a place at the bar.

Published on Dec 2, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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