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Amstel Brewery is a Dutch brewery founded in 1870 on the Mauritskade in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was taken over by Heineken International in 1968, and the brewing plant closed down in 1982, with production moving to the main Heineken plant at Zoeterwoude.


The brewery was founded on June 11, 1870 in Amsterdam and named after the Amstel River, the waters of which also served for refrigeration. By 1872, Amstel was annually producing 10,000 hectoliters. For the purpose of storing the beer, winter ice from canals was kept in special double-walled cellars. Originally, the beer was mostly drunk in Amsterdam. From 1883, it was also exported to Great Britain and Indonesia.

Amstel was bought out by Heineken in 1968. In 1972 the Amstel Brewery in Amsterdam was closed and production was relocated to the main Heineken plant in Zoeterwoude. The building on the Mauritskade was torn down. Only the former administration building was kept and has meanwhile become part of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.


Nowadays Heineken offers several beers under the Amstel brand.

- Amstel Lager uses predominantly light pilsner malt, although some dark malt is also used. It is sold in 75 countries.

- Amstel Light is a 3.5% abv pale lager.

- Amstel 1870 is a slightly dark 5% abv lager.

In France a beer called Amstel Free, with minimal alcohol content - about one per cent ABV, is produced. A non-alcoholic version can also be purchased in The Netherlands.

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