by Nathan Hak Beer journalist at Beerwulf.com
Beer festivals: Beerwulf’s 5 tipsFestivals where it’s all about the beer
Beer festivals are hot. Local and international brewers are presenting their beer along with tasty morsels. Visitors take care of the buzzing atmosphere. We asked our bloggers which festivals you shouldn’t be missing: Beerwulf’s 5 festival tips.
Dutch Beer Festival in Delft
Arvid Bergström (beer sommelier and chef) finds it difficult to choose. There are just so many great events!
Ultimately, he nominates the Dutch Beer Festival in Delft, which is being organised for the fifth time this year: “It’s a small, intimate, manageable-sized festival. Lots of awesome Dutch brewers will be there, with half coming from the immediate area. The brewers also tend to bring special beers with them to Delft. It’s a Dutch beer paradise with a local feel. The location on a historic canal is the icing on the cake.”
Dutch Beer Festival in Delft: 9 July 2017 on the Vrouwjuttenland in Delft.
Nathan Hak’s (Beer journalist for Beerwulf.com) tip is Planet Oedipus:
“The Amsterdam-based friends from Oedipus Brewing have more than proven that they can throw a good party. This year, they’re merging the ‘local’ Kimchi festival with the Oedipus International Beer Festival. I’m expecting a mix of both worlds: great music; good, local food; and an impressive line-up of international brewers. All with Oedipus’ colourful brand of creativity, which will give it a relaxed, free and cheerful atmosphere. The festival will be held at NoordOogst, a unique urban agriculture project in Amsterdam-Noord, which is the perfect setting for this festival.”
Planet Oedipus Music & Beer Festival: 12 and 13 August 2017 at NoordOogst (Amsterdam-Noord).
Borefts Beer Festival
Alain Schepers (Beer Sommelier and initiator at Bierista.nl) recommends Boreft, the annual beer festival of De Molen brewery:
“Borefts is the annual gathering of ‘beer geeks’. In Bodegraven you come across some pretty seasoned craft beer drinkers. That’s because there are so many unique beers with outspoken flavours on offer. De Molen invites a group of international brewers, a mix of upcoming and established names. It’s about tasting, flavour and discovery.” The atmosphere is another thing that makes Borefts so special: “You really see how beer unites people here. It’s easy to network with brewers and other visitors and to exchange information and new discoveries.”
Borefts Beer Festival: 22 and 23 September 2017 at De Molen brewery, Bodegraven.
Bier & Big
“Bier & Big in Eindhoven is amazing”, says Yvonne van Houtum (Beer sommelier and blogger for Bierliefde.nl).
“The atmosphere is great. It’s got a real Berlin kind of vibe; a raw feel. There’s good music (rock), many breweries from the Eindhoven area and hidden gems from all over Europe, from Estonia to Iceland. The Ciderhuis was there and masterclasses were held frequently. The food was the icing on the cake. Pork from the rotisserie, pizza fresh out the artisinal oven. Truly amazing!” Bier & Big is held several times throughout the year. In March they had an end-of-winter edition and in mid-June the summer edition was held.
Bier & Big Eindhoven is organised by the Ketelhuis on Strijp-S. They expect to hold at least one more edition in 2017.
Rick Kempen (Bier Sommelier and columnist for publications including Het Parool):
“My choice would definitely be Carnivale Brettanomyces: it is the epicentre of wild beer. It’s a world class festival, dedicated to the oldest brewing methods in existence. In just a few years, the founders have established a multi-day festival that not only takes place in different locations across Amsterdam, but also offers a whole host of additional activities: presentations, readings, discussions, tastings and dinners. You’ll find an international group of visitors ranging from brewers, scientists, researchers, writers and more. You’ll never find a greater knowledge of or passion for wild beer at any festival. Carnivale Brett is a celebration of talented brewers who create the very best beers around.”
Carnivale Brettanomyces: from 22-25 June 2017, different locations in Amsterdam
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