Once every year in May, the ‘Week of Dutch beer’ takes place. As a highlight of this week, the ‘Dutch Beerfestival’ is organised in the Grote Kerk in The Hague. During a period of 3 days, Dutch breweries come together and show off their delicious brewed goodness to the public. They have made a great choice, using the church as a venue for this event. The outside area of the church is used as a seating area and as the food court with a great selection of food trucks. As it takes place in May, often the weather is good enough to enjoy a delicious crafted beer outside in the sun.
They have four different dates and timeslots: Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. This year it is taking place on the 16th, 17th and 18th of May.
It’s been a few years since the first time I was introduced to this festival. Since then, it has become a yearly tradition to go with a group of friends. It’s a great activity to do with friends or family. Besides, they also offer masterclasses and workshops about beer. So not only is this festival a great excuse to drink some tasty beer, you might actually leave having learned something as well.