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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Amsterdam Beer Tour

Quench your thirst for quality Dutch beer on this 3-hour evening Amsterdam beer tour, led by an expert local guide! Escaping the tourist-trap beer houses, the tour showcases some of Amsterdam’s quality bars – real locals’ favorites – while introducing you to the history of the Dutch brewing industry. Sample three beers and a typical Dutch snack, visit a brewery in the Red Light District, and then finish up in a legendary local beer hall where more than 200 types of beer are served!

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll see everything with personalized attention from your guide.


  • 3.5-hour evening Amsterdam beer tour led by an expert local guide
  • Learn about the history of the Dutch brewing industry while exploring Amsterdam
  • Enjoy a typical Dutch bar snack and sample three different beers, recommended by your guide
  • Visit a brewery in Amsterdam's Red Light District with your guide
  • Choose from a selection of more than 200 beers in a legendary local beer hall
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Amsterdam Beer Tour

Beer Walking Tour

Start your tour near Amsterdam’s Bierkoning shop, and then set off with your guide to explore Amsterdam’s legendary bars while learning about the Netherlands’ historical brewing industry. Having produced beer since the early 17th century, the country rapidly expanded its production about three centuries later, leading to its internationally renowned reputation as a beer-brewing powerhouse.

As you walk along Amsterdam’s pretty cobbled streets, passing canals and scenic gabled houses, visit a succession of different bars – a collection of much-loved locals’ favorites – and sample three quality Dutch beers as well as a typical bar snack. Hear how American and German influences have shaped the country’s brewing industry, and visit an intriguing little place where Amsterdam 16th-century nuns once made their own brews.

Detour away from the pretty back streets and wander through Amsterdam’s bold and brash Red Light District, passing fluorescent signs lighting up the windows where pouting girls flaunt their trade. Escape the neighborhood’s crowds and head to a small brewery located in the heart of the district to sample a range of their beers in an atmospheric tasting room.

Walk back toward the center of Amsterdam and finish your beer tour in a legendary local beer hall where more than 200 different varieties of beer are on offer! Sip on a pale lager, gulp down bitter ale or sample strong triple malt to end your tour on a high note. You tour ends here, so you’re ideally placed to continue your enjoying Amsterdam’s best beer if you wish!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Guide Sean was great. This was an intimate group--only four of us. We started out at a pub that had a bewildering selection of beers, where we were guided in our sampling. We moved on to a place that sold home made liqueurs that were out of this world. This part we had to pay for about 3 euro. It was then on to another pub where we picked up a free souvenir, and then sampled some of their beer. We ended up in another place that brewed its own beer. These are places that you would never find on your own, so that made the circumstances even better. We had a great time--lots of beer and lots of laughs.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We enjoyed it very much. It was laid back but in a good way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was the 2nd time taking this tour and we had a great time. We got to see some amazing little places and enjoyed the beer. Shaun made just the right beer selections for us. A great way to spend a few hours, we made note of our favorite places and can't wait to go back!!
Pam and Grayson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This tour was great. Sean, the guide, is quite knowledgable in different processes of brewing beer. We were a small group and he kept it lively the whole time. The 3 places we tasted beer at were super, with great atmosphere as well. If you enjoy learning about what you're drinking, take this tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We had a wonderful time on this tour. There were 4 of us + another traveler in our group, and Sean really went above and beyond your run-of-the-mill tour with us, helping us experience some unique and wonderful aspects of Amsterdam that we had not even noticed in our first few days there. We really appreciated how he asked for our input, then listened to and worked to meet our needs and requests. He was very proud of and respectful toward all the special nuances that make Amsterdam the amazing city it is, and with what he recommended and introduced us to, we hope to visit Amsterdam again soon!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Excellent tour! The guide was very personable and had lots of interesting information to share about Amsterdam and its history. We went to three different bars which all had a wide variety of beers to choose from, and a nice snack was included. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The tour was my self, a couple from America, and our American ex-pat tour guide, Sean. A very small group to be sure. He knew the area and history of not just beer, but Holland and the variety of native alcoholic beverages. We got to choose from a few local beers at each bar so each person could tailor the tour to their specific tastes, or be adventurous if the mood strikes. Having a light meal before the tour starts would be a good idea as you may get too effected by the drinks to fully appreciate it all by the end.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Fun and knowledgible guide! Knows all the best/true Brussels beer spots. And all the bartenders know him!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Our tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgable about the city and the pubs she took us to. The pubs were great and so was the beer. Would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

How could we not enjoy this walking beer tasting tour! It was just us and the guide who was knowledgeable, friendly, and cordial. We had a great time and learned a lot about beer and the history of Amsterdam. Would definitely recommend this tour to beer lovers.

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