Borefts Beer Festival 2016

It is September, which means the world wide famous Boreft Beer Festival is taking place very soon. Dutch Brouwerij de Molen invited again famous breweries from all over the globe and they didn’t had to ask long. The line-up in Bodegraven is just impressive!

If you want to join Borefts 2016, make sure you ordered a ticket online as there will be not tickets sold at the festival this year.

Like in the last years, there is a theme and challenge for the brewers at this year’s Borefts. As we (we = Germans) celebrate 500 years of Reinheitsgebot, the guys at De Molen challenged every participating brewery to brew a Boreftsspecial according to the Reinheitsgebot (English: Purity Law)

Borefts Beer Festival 2016
23 & 24 September 2016
Brouwerij de Molen
Bodegraven / The Netherlands

Borefts 2016 line-up:

Alvinne Brewery (Belgium)

“Brouwerij Alvinne Known for their sour ales, oak aging and many more styles. And of course because of their own private Morpheus yeast, the yeast that found Alvinnes Yeast Whisperer Marc in its own independent and mysterious way.”

  • Potpils (Boreftsspecial)   5,5%   Kellerpils
  • Mad Tom Session IPA       4%   Session IPA
  • Ich Bin Ein Berliner Framboos   4%   Beliner Weisse – fruitbeer
  • Wild West Kriek Framboos   6%   Sour ale – fruitbeer – barrel aged
  • Wild West Blackthorn Ed.2015   6%   Sour ale – fruitbeer – barrel aged
  • Wild West Grape Edition 2015   6%   Sour ale – fruitbeer – barrel aged
  • Cuvée Sofie           8%   Blond sour ale – barrel aged
  • Cuvée Sofie Dryhopped       8%   Sour ale – barrel aged
  • Kriek van Mortagne       8%   Sour ale – fruitbeer – barrel aged
  • Mano Negra           10%   Belgian Imperial Stout
  • Mano Negra Cognac BA       10%   Belgian Imperial Stout – barrel aged
  • Cuvée d’Erpigny Pineau de Charentes BA   12,2%   Barley Wine – barrel aged
  • Cuvée d’Erpigny Sauternes BA       12,2%   Barley Wine – barrel aged
  • Cuvée de Mortagne Piment d’Espelette   12,8%   Quaddrupple – barrel aged – spiced
  • Cuvée de Mortagne Banuyls BA12       8%   Quadrupple – barrel aged
  • Alvinne & Friends #4
  • Insight Brewing Smokin Peaches       11%   Sour ale – smoked fruit

Bakunin Brewery (Russia)

New brewery from Saint-Petersburg (Russia). “Bakunin brewery was founded by three passionate beer lovers: Alexander Romanenko – the owner of the eponymous beer cafe, Yuri Mitin – the home brewer enthusiast and Vladimir Naumkin – professional brewer. They love rich flavors, brave experiments and desire to share good beer with good people. Well guys, come on over, we definitely provide the good beer peeps!”

  • Twinberry   4,5%   Sour-Ale
  • Salty Dog   5%   Gose
  • Морс Атакует (Morse Attacks)   5,6%   Sour-Ale
  • Amphiprion   6%   Sour-Ale
  • Red Maniac   6,8%   Chili IPA
  • Beer with no name (Borefts special)   8 % Amber Lager
  • Ghost Town (Brandy B.A. w/ Brettanomyces)   10,5%   Imp. Stout
  • Коммендантский Час (Curfew)   11%   Imp. Stout
  • Ленинградец (Leningradets)   13,2%   Oat Wine

Bevog Brewery (Austria)

“Bevog Brewery (Bad Radkersburg) is ‘the fruit of inquisitiveness and aspiration towards discovering new beer-drinking experiences; it is the result of enthusiasm, love and zeal. We brew beers with character and soul. Our goal is to transcend the limits of the known and ordinary!’ That’s how this relatively young brewery, close to the border of Slovenia, creates great expectations for their beers. And they are right to do so! We loved the beers we tasted and are happy to introduce them at Borefts 2016! “

  • Deetz   4,8%   golden ale
  • Baja   5,8%   oatmeal stout
  • Kellerbier   6%   kellerbier
  • OND   6,3%   smoked porter
  • Who Cares Editions – Orange Unicorn   6,3%   saison
  • Kramah   6,5%   ipa
  • Rudeen   7,4%   black ipa
  • Hagger   12,3%   barley wine

Birra del Borgo (Italy)

“Birra del Borgo was founded by Leonardo Di Vincenzo. Leonardo was inspired by the brewcraft of countries like Belgium, Germany and Great Britain. A great variety of styles leave his brewery in Borgorose. Success started with beers as ReAle, Duchessa and DucAle. They are on top of the high quality and characteristic craft beer wave that is active in Italy. For visitors of Borefts a unique chance to sample a big selection their, sometimes bizarre, beers from draft and have a talk with this brewmaster.”

  • Keller for Fest     ?%     kellerbier
  • Watermelon Man   4.5%   berliner weisse
  • Keto Reporter   5.2%   porter (tobacco)
  • Duchessa   5.8%   saison
  • Hoppy Cat 5.8% caskadion dark ale
  • Maledetta 6.2%   belgian ale
  • ReAle Extra 6.4%   apa
  • Castagnale 7.1%   bock (chestnut)
  • Etrusca     9.3%   experimental in anfora
  • Caos   10.9%   italian grape ale

Brasserie Thiriez (France)

“Brasserie Thiriez is located in the picturesque village of Esquelbecq, in the very north-west of France near the border of Belgium. Between the two world wars Esquelbecq had as many as five breweries. Now there is ‘only’ Thiriez! In May of this year Daniel and his people celebrated the 20th anniversary of Brasserie Thiriez. His brews vary from traditional Biérre de Garde up to Sour Brown Ale. Un grand bienvenue à Daniel et ses bières merveilleuses!”

  • Lager des Houblons (Borefts special)   4,5%   kellerbier
  • Petite Princesse   2,9%   Hoppy Session
  • Etoile du Nord       5,5%   Hoppy Saison
  • Blonde d’Esquelbecq   6,5%   Bière de Garde
  • Rouge Flamande       5,8%   Red Ale
  • Maline           5,8%   Porter
  • Dalva           8,5%   DIPA
  • Winter Ale       5,8%   Dark spiced ale

Brouwerij Kees! (Netherlands)

“All our beers are crafted with a passion for brewing and to delight our discerning beer-loving customers.”

  • Mutiny on the bounty  6%   Porter infused with bounty bar’s
  • Uri Keller   9%   Imperial Dry Hopped Dunkles Keller beer
  • Top of the Morning   12%   Breakfast Oatmeal Stout
  • Barrel Project # 8   12,5%   Barley wine aged on Cognac Barrels
  • Barrel Project # 6   13%   Barley wine aged on Barton Bourbon Barrels
  • Brew With Friends # 1 ( Cognac/ Calvados BA)   13%   Belguin Quad brewed with Magic Rock
  • Da Hong Pao   13%   Barley Wine with Suchuan Peppers
  • Imperial Russian Vanilla Eisbock   20%   IceBocked Vanillla Imperial Stout

Cascade Brewing (U.S.A.)

“Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and is the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. We are not bound by stylistic guidelines, just our own imagination and the ingredients we can access. Our distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales that offer a complex array of flavors derived from Northwest grown ingredients, with each release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season.”

  • Cranberry       7%       Sour Ale
  • Strawberry     7,1%   Sour Ale
  • Elderberry     8,1%   Sour Ale
  • Kriek               8,5%   Sour Ale
  • Diesel             8,8%   Imperial Stout
  • The Vine         8,8%   Sour Ale
  • Figaro             10%     Sour Ale
  • Vlad the Imp Aler       10,6% Sour Ale
  • Shrieking Violet         11%     Sour Ale
  • Manhattan NW         11,3% Sour Ale
  • Bourbonic Plague       12,1% Sour Ale

Dry & Bitter Brewing Company (Denmark)

“Søren Parker Wagner started this micro brewery in January 2015. He is also co-founder of the well know beer bar Fermentoren in Copenhagen an previous brewer of Crooked Moon and Nørrebro restaurant and brewery.”

  • Christian Bale Ale   4,6%   SIPA
  • Citra Bale Ale   4,6%   SIPA
  • Dank & Juicy   6,2%   IPA
  • Under The Radar   7%   Baltic Porter
  • Everybody Dance   4,6%   Kettle sour with fruit
  • Still Lifestyle   7,3%   Coffee Porter
  • DTF   5,5&   Brett Ale
  • Old School Baltic Porter  10%   Imperial Porter

Gänstaller Bräu (Germany)

“Old and new world Beers from Upper Franconia. Just outside of Bamberg, in it’s idyllic countryside lies the small village Schnaid. There is the brewery of masterbrewer Andreas Gänstaller and his brewing daughter Daniele. Their brewery consists of a cascade brewing sytem including a 268 square feet copper cool ship. Among brewers and beerconnaisseurs Gänstaller Bräu is now believed to be one of Germany’s best craft beer breweries. ALL of Gänstaller Bräu beers are brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot AKA German Purity Law”

  • Kellerbeer Mandarina   5,3%   Keller
  • Affumicator       9,6%   Smoked Doppelbock
  • Schwarze 90       11,9%   Imp. Stout Lager
  • Zwickelpils       5,1%   Zwickel
  • Daniela´s lager wheat   5%       Wheat
  • Andreator       8%       Red Doppelbock

Labietes (Latvia)

“Labietes is known for their recipes with local ingredients from Latvian forests and fields. Strongly rooted in Latvian culture and rituals, their beers often tell the stories of Latvian history through the centuries. Which makes them, apart from exquisite in tastes, even more of value. The Beers from Labietes are almost exclusively available at their brewpub in Riga, but at Borefts 2016: available in abundance!”

  • Rasele (Little dew)   3,7%   Wormwood and catnip session ale
  • Akmeņrags (Place name on west coast of Latvia)   4,5%   Heather and wild thyme amber ale
  • Ausma (Dawn)   5,8%   Ginger peppermint mild ale
  • Lauķis (Redneck)   5,8%   Latvian kellerbier
  • Pūdele (Midsummer pole fire)   5,9%   Pine spruce smoked IPA
  • Pļava (Meadow)   6,5%   Yarrow, meadowsweet and mugwort blond
  • Kamīns (Fireplace)   6,9%   Chamomile mild ale
  • Lenteņu kāvējs (Tapeworm slayer)   7,2%   Double black IPA
  • Pelašķu velns (Yarrow devil)   8,8%   Yarrow imperial stout
  • Dravnieka atraitne (Beekeekeprs widow)   13,0%   Braggot

La Pirata (Spain)

“Masterbrewer Aran Leon and his hoploving team brew their beers bursting with passion from Suria (Bracelona). Cervesa La Pirata: flaming, natural craft beers! Started out a homebrewer and as his skills an fanbase grew an expansion to a professional brewery was inevitable. Loving his hops, experiments & collaborations with beerfriends.”

  • Súria Gluten Free   5%   American Pale Ale
  • Fucking Beer Coffee Lager   5%   Coffee Lager
  • Lab Nº003 Hoppy Lager   5,2%   India Pale Lager
  • Keller (Borefts Special)   5,4%   Keller
  • Viakrucis   6%   IPA
  • ¡Ay, Carmela!   9,2%   Double IPA
  • Piet   9,9%   Imperial Farmhouse IPA
  • Black Block   11,2%   Imperial Stout
  • Black Block Bourbon Barrel Aged 13%   Imperial Stout

Lervig Aktiebryggeri (Norway)

“Ratebeer has ranked Lervig, rightfully so, as one of the world’s 100 best breweries. And 80 of them where American. An excellent rating! Lervig: ‘Our goals are to brew the best beers in the world, we like to work outside our comfort zone as well as combine our creativity with the years of craft brewing experience that our brewers have.’”

  • Barrel Aged Three Bean stout   13%   Imp stout with chocolate, vanilla, tonka bean
  • Borefts kellerbier       4,5%   Dry-Hopped Kellerbier
  • Cafe Sur           4%   Berliner Weisse espresso added
  • Farmhouse IPA           6%   Brett Aged IPA
  • Godshot               7,5%   Coffee Stout
  • Iconoclast Quad           9,5%   Brett aged quadruppel   75cl Bottle
  • Lawless               6,5%   Norwegian farmhouse beer with norwegian yeast
  • Norwegian Mauler        7,9%   Dry stout with black tea
  • Oat IPA               7,2%   IPA with 25% Oat
  • Passion Tang           7%   Kettle sour with passionfruit & grains of paradise
  • Sverd i fjell           10%   Triple IPA

Närke kulturbryggeri (Sweden)

“A small brewery located in Grenadjärstaden in Örebro, Sweden. Since 2004 they brew several kinds of flavorful beer, from light to black ale porter. Today notorious and highly appreciated! Närke kulturbryggeri is owned and operated by beer enthusiasts Håge and Berith. They want to spread the knowledge of beer and contribute to a wider and more varied beer landscape and thus contribute to a changed view of the beer culture.”

  • Jante Lager   4,8%
  • Pors & Tvärs – historical nordic gruit ale (myrica gale)   6,1%
  • Störtsjö Ur-APA – single hopped american pale ale & single malt. Jack McAuliffes original recipy from 1976!   6,1%
  • Örebro Bitter – extra special bitter   6,2%
  • Mirkos Märzen – lager   6,3%
  • Gransus – spruce ale   6,4%
  • 2xBock Grandios Manipulator –   7,8%
  • doppelbock, gravity Bayrischer Anstich
  • Tanngnjost & Tanngrisnir – historical nordic birch smoked juniper ale (Gotlandsdricka)   8,2%
  • Svarte Kungen – single hopped Porter-IPA   8,5%
  • Asgård Svartmölska – peated bragott   9,1%
  • Kaggen Stormaktsporter Börb’n & Hallon – oak-aged raspberry imperial stout, gravity Bayrischer Anstich   9,9%

Oedipus (The Netherlands)

“They sure know how to throw a party them selves, accompanied with their excellent beers, so it’s a joy for us to enclose our friends Oedipus Brewing (Amsterdam)! Oedipus’ vision: ‘A world where people are colourful and diverse. Oedipus Brewing creates quality craft beers for every kind of character at any given moment. We want to show that beer is for everyone, and that it is all about flavour and personal choice.’”

  • Slomo   3,5%   Session Saison
  • Swingers   4%   Gose with Grapefruit and Limezest
  • Vogelen   4%   Dry-hopped Berliner Weisse
  • Gandalf the Pink B.A.     4%   Berliner weisse with cherries aged on red whine barrels
  • Borefts 2016 – Festival Beer   5%   Keller
  • Mama   5%   Pale Ale
  • Polyamorie   5 %   Sour Pale Ale with Mango
  • Mannenliefde   6%   Saison
  • Gaia   7%   IPA
  • Thai Thai   8%   Tripel with Thai Spices
  • Hosanna   9%   Double IPA
  • Kinderyoga   11%   Imperial Stout
  • Kinderyoga B.A.     11%   Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Omnipollo (Sweden)

“Henok Fentie and Karl Grandin conceive their recipes at home and travel to different breweries across the globe, including ours, to craft their ales. With their ambition to change the perception of beer – forever, they fit seemless in our desired beer society.”

  • Perikles   4.2%   Pilsner
  • Bianca Mango Lassi Gose   6%   Gose
  • Lemon Merunge Ice cream Pie   6%   Pale Ale
  • Fatamorgana   8%   IIPA
  • Pollimango     8.5%   IIPA
  • Yellow Belly     11%   Stout
  • Hypnopompa   11%   Stout
  • Noa Double Barrel   11%   Stout
  • Outside the Lines (if it arrived)   12%   Stout

Sahtipaja (Sweden)

“Sahti is a traditional beer from Finland made from a variety of grains, malted and unmalted, including barley, rye, wheat, and oats; sometimes bread made from these grains is fermented instead of malt itself (wiki). Next to the Sahti Sahtipaja will be bringing other beers, cider and mead. Masterbrewer Timo Krjukoff: ‘I have my roots in Hämeenlääni in Finland, where Sahti tradition is very strong and Sahti is still brewed locally by farmers for their own joy and also for others to be enjoyed in bigger wedding and anniversary parties. To see that happy face of enjoyment on our customers’ faces after the first sip is all we care about.’”

  • Sahti   ?%   Sahti
  • Passion for Mango, passion fruit & mango berliner   4%   Berliner Weisse
  • Drei Hopped C3, cascade, centennial & chinook   4%   Berliner Weisse
  • Vaniljcider, dry apple cider with bourbon vanilla   5,5%   Cider
  • Violmjöd, violet flavored dry sparkling session mead   6,9%   Session mead
  • Almost Same but More   7,2%   DIPA


Source and more infos: Borefts Website

Amsterdam Craft Beer Fest 2016 @ BRET

From Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June, the Amsterdam Craft Beer Fest will take place for the second time at BRET. More than 5000 visitors joined last years edition to enjoy handcrafted beer, good food, and lots of nice tunes. This year will be even better!

The Festival will take place on the outskirts of Amsterdam, in the midst of a concrete wilderness called Sloterdijk (next to the Station Amsterdam-Sloterdijk), on top of an abandoned bus stop, painted it red: BRET.

Three days of Amsterdam’s finest beer (with some special guest from abroad), food, music, and more! And the whole Amsterdam Craft Beer Fest is free of charge!

 Breweries at Amsterdam Craft Beer Fest 2016

More information on the Fest’s Facebook page…

Orlyplein 76
1043 DP Amsterdam

New beer from Heineken: Heineken H41

Heineken is probably one of the most known beers around the world and definitely a synonym for Dutch beer. As well documented on HopfenLiebe, there is more to beer in the Netherlands than Heineken. Nevertheless, it is worth to take a look from time to time what this big brewery is doing.

Right now, there are some exciting news from the Heineken brewery, and this news have a name: Heineken H41. This new lager beer has the same ingredients as the classical Heineken, but uses different yeast. Normally, Heineken uses its famous A-Yeast. But the H41 uses new yeast, exclusively found in South-America. A few years ago, scientists discovered this new yeast in the forests of Patagonia and concluded interesting characteristics. Due to the colder climate in Patagonia, the H41 yeast is similar to bottom-fermentation yeast. But it produces very different flavors!

The beer is so far described as fruity, like a German Keller beer style. It has a sweet-malty flavor, which is partly due to the fact that the new yeast does not convert all sugars to alcohol. On top, it has apparently spicy flavors as usually known from Belgian blond beers. All this is still a lager beer.

So far, we hadn’t had the chance to taste the Heineken H41, as it is very limited and only sold in selected locations. As soon as we give it a try, we will report the tasting notes.


Massive Holland Brewdog tap take-over, Grachtbier, and Tasting at De Bierkoning

Next weekend is going to be a real treat for all craft beer friends across The Netherlands. Some weeks ago, a few Dutch brewers (Dutch Drafts) traveled to Ellon in the UK and did a collaboration beer with the guys at Brewdog. Now this beer is coming back to Holland. More precise, the Dutch Brewers – Brewdog collaboration called ‘Steve’s Job’ will be available in Rotterdam, The Hague, Nijmegen, Eindhoven and Amsterdam.

All together, April 1st, 2nd and 3rd is going to be a massive Brewdog tap take-over all over Holland:

Additionally, that weekend has tow more cool beer events in Amsterdam to offer:

Let us know if you plan to visit one of the events, so we can have a beet together! Cheers.

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