A guide to craft beer in The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague is known as the city of justice, of international law and arbitration. This is of course because it is contains the International Court of Justice, Europol and a lot more international institutions. It’s also the seat of Dutch government, home to many embassies and the Dutch king lives here as well. All in all The Hague is a very international city.

What about craft beer though? Among all the politics (and quite a bit art like at the Mauritshuis) there are places to enjoy a good beer right? Of course there are! Bottle shops and bars, The Hague has you covered if you like a good craft beer.

A nice row of beer flights at Kompaan Beer Bar

Kompaan Beer Bar

Kompaan is a well known brewery in The Hague. It's likely also the biggest one. They started brewing in 2012 and after (among other things) a crowdfunding campaign they opened up their brewery and bar in 2015 at Binckhorst. They started brewing at this location in 2016 and now plenty of their own beers and guest beers flow from the 20 taps at Kompaan Beer Bar.Read more…
The interior of Rootz


In the center of The Hague in the Grote Marktstraat which is of course close to the actual Grote Markt you can find Rootz. This is one of the older beer bars in the city since it opened in 1998. They call it the 'Belg van Den Haag' (Belgian of The Hague) but Belgian beer is not all that can be had in this establishment in an old 17th century carriage house.Read more…
People trying to pick their beer at the bar at Brody's American Taphouse

CLOSED: Brody’s American Taphouse

In 2017 two new craft beer bars opened in The Hague, Anna's Bar and Brody's American Taphouse. It's the latter I want to highlight. Most recently this location was a coffeeshop called Cremers but the owner decided to move that venue to the basement and the upstairs area became this new temple of hops which is of course completely smoke free.Read more…