One of the biggest beer festivals in the Netherlands is taking place this weekend in Amsterdam. Don’t miss the Bokbier Festival the 27-29th of October.
PINT BOKBIERFESTIVAL • CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH BOCK BEER
The 40th annual Bokbier Festival is being held this weekend, October 27th through 29th, at the lovely Beurs van Berlage in the center of Amsterdam. Come by and taste a selection of bock beers and hear live music.
Bock beer is the name for a strong, usually dark lager originating in Germany.
A variation of bock called “bokbier” is also brewed extensively in the Netherlands and occasionally in Belgium. Most larger Dutch breweries, such as Heineken, Grolsch, Amstel and Brand market at least one variety, but personally I tend to favor those produced by the smaller brewers as they are more “interesting”. Most bokbiers tend to be seasonal beers that are traditionally released in autumn, although there are currently also spring, summer and winter boks.
Many Dutch microbreweries seasonally brew a bokbier, such as IJBok made by Brouwerij ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, Jopen‘s Four Grain Bokbier made in Haarlem and the Texels Bockbeer made on the island of Texel. Last year I already had a favorite bokbier by Oersoep called “Sexy Motherbocker” (of course), but perhaps I’ll discover another favorite at the festival.
The opening hours for the festival are:
€20 in cash gets you entry to the festival, a tasting glass and 3 tastings. Additional tokens are €3 each and can be purchased with PIN. Check out the PINT website for more information.
Also be sure to check our agenda for information on beer-y events happening around the same weekend. Let’s celebrate together!
Beurs van Berlage
Damrak 277, Amsterdam
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