Borefts Beer Festival 2014
posted July 7, 2014 10:31 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri September 26 at 6:00 PM, Brouwerij de Molen
Doortocht 4, 2411 DS Bodegraven, The Netherlands (Map & Directions)
Europe's best craft and boutique beer festival, held at Brouwerij de Molen, in the Netherlands.
Each year, the Dutch brewery Brouwerij de Molen organises a beer festival and invites a bunch of their friends, who turn out to be some of the most interesting brewers in Europe. The festival lasts two days. Entry price is around 20 euros, which includes a glass, 8 beer tokens, a programme, and a bottle of water to help cleanse the palette.

The festival is also offering special beer-themed 3-course meals each evening. Booking can be made through their web shop. Limited spaces are available.

More information on the festival can be found on their website, including the list of brewers and beers.
posted by daveje to Meetup (19 comments total)

De Molen have finally updated information about the beer dinners, which can be booked here.

The list of brewers and beers has also been updated. In a shock update, Narke have actually listed most of the beers that they're bringing, and thankfully they're taking Tanngnjost & Tanngrisnir and Rainbow Warrior, which were special favourites of mine last time they were available. Wondering what the surprise beer will be....
posted by daveje at 5:48 AM on August 27, 2014

Before I moved here (== The Hague) in July, I got rid of all my stuff back home, which means now I need to acquire more stuff. That's totally a valid excuse for drinking beer, to get the glassware, right?
posted by sldownard at 12:23 PM on August 27, 2014

Totally. It's not top of my own list of excuses, but you know, different strokes....
posted by daveje at 8:45 AM on August 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Is anybody planning on doing the dinner option on Friday? Previous times I've happily subsisted on the hamburgers or sausages sold outside, but if people would like to go to dinner together?
posted by MartinWisse at 5:14 AM on September 5, 2014

Liz and I will do the dinner option both days. 19:30 ok?

BTW, likeso will also be coming to Borefts this year.
posted by daveje at 2:08 AM on September 6, 2014

19:30 is perfect; will book ticket for that.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:09 AM on September 10, 2014

Damn, left this far too late. I've only booked for the meal on Friday, Saturday has sold out.
posted by daveje at 1:39 AM on September 24, 2014

Me too.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:15 AM on September 24, 2014

It's fine, the alternative food options also look pretty good. We won't go hungry.

And Friday has sold out as well now - everyone's booking at the last minute.
posted by daveje at 6:18 AM on September 24, 2014

Time changed, because some of us will be eating at 8pm!

Let's try and meet at 6pm. Location will be specified once we get a better idea of how they've laid out the festival this year.

Some of us will be there from mid-afternoon tomorrow (Friday), so feel free to get there earlier. MeMail me if you don't know who I am and need my phone number.
posted by daveje at 1:56 AM on September 25, 2014

I'll be a bit past 18.00 due to train schedules and not knowing where the heck I'm going and whatnot. Is there anyone else coming who's not doing the dinner?
posted by sldownard at 2:00 PM on September 25, 2014

I have been really looking forward to a trip up, but its looking like I won't be able to. I've got a big deadline coming up with an experiment I need to finish, and bits of it have gotten too delayed.

I'm sorry to have to cancel.
posted by Blasdelb at 2:30 PM on September 25, 2014

Sorry to hear that Bob. Your box of Westvleteren will have to wait for another time. Why not create a meetup in Leuven sometime soon?

sidownward, dinner isn't till 7:30, and there will be other people. Getting there is pretty easy, Den Haag to Leiden, then to Bodegraven. Get out of the train, and follow the mass of happy looking people.
posted by daveje at 1:39 AM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'll be there at a quarter past four.
posted by MartinWisse at 7:01 AM on September 26, 2014

Ok, I think I'll make it by about 19.00. Adventure bound!
posted by sldownard at 8:42 AM on September 26, 2014

Make that 19.30. So if anyone else is coming but not eating, I'll be wandering around.
posted by sldownard at 9:44 AM on September 26, 2014

If there is interest I could set one up for October? We could see the Stella Brewery, visit what is now the bar with the most beers in the world, stop by the speciality beer shops, see the longest bar in Europe, and eat proper Flemish food! I've also now got a house that is well set up for hosting someone or a couple.
posted by Blasdelb at 9:56 AM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

So sad you couldn't be there, Bobby - it was such a lovely day/evening/night. Great company - fun to see old friends again and meet new ones - and great beer. We had the interesting (aroma d'urinoir, essence of modelling glue), the delicious (Rocket, Brekeriet, Emelisse, Tocalmatto and Närke are on fire this year) and the simply amazing (De Molen's Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey BA Eisbock just blew me away. Utter artistry.)

Was so much fun we're going back today. :) The hard core will be showing up at one. Us more wimp-like creatures will peek in around four. See y'all there!
posted by likeso at 2:06 AM on September 27, 2014

Good grief.

This year's score card:

X-Ray, by Brewfist
Total Eclipse, by Rocket Brewing Company
Hemel en Aarde Octomore, by De Molen
Imperial Russian Stout Rumba, by Emelisse
Twist and Stout Cognac BA, by De Molen
Tanngnjost & Tanngrisnir, by Närke Kulturbryggeri
Vlees & Bloed (light habanero, fleur de sel, heather honey B.F.), by De Molen
Delta Red Disorder, by Birra Toccalmatto
Aupa Tovarisch (oporto Edition), by Laugar Brewery
Svarte Kungen, by Närke Kulturbryggeri
Coffee Eclipse Cardamom, by Rocket Brewing Company
Biere De Table Oak Aged Saison (BA Red Wine), by The Kernel Brewery
New Gods, by Burning Sky Brewery
Blueberries Radler Sour, by Brasserie du Mont Salève
Imperial Russian Stout Rumba, by Bierbrouwerij Emelisse
Total Eclipse, by Rocket Brewing Company
Hemel & Hel (Heaven & Hell), by Brouwerij De Molen
Cu Brett, by Brouwerij De Molen
Vuur & Vlam, by Brouwerij De Molen
Nothing Left of A Lager (Caol Ila B.A.), by Brouwerij het Uiltje
Spaghetti Western, by BrewFist
Brekeriet Barrique Rouge, by Brekeriet Beer AB
Sour Rhubarb, by Brekeriet Beer AB
Fibonatxi 0, by Laugar Brewery
BA Brett Great Alphonso, by Magic Rock Brewing
Imperial Doughnut Break (2014), by Evil Twin Brewing
Violent Femme, by Birrificio Del Ducato
Rasputin On Cherries BA, by Brouwerij De Molen
Grand Cru Bruocsella Lambic Bio (2014), by Brasserie Cantillon
Kaggen! Stormaktsporter Raspberry, by Närke Kulturbryggeri
posted by daveje at 2:42 PM on September 27, 2014

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