112. PINT Bokbierfestival, Amsterdam, Holland

There is a legendary bock beer festival held annually as autumn descends upon Amsterdam. Last year it celebrated its 35th iteration and the word is definitely out.

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Granted, these are all bock beers, but the variety of tastes, flavors and depths is huge and there is surely something for everyone. The end of the day leaves me a bit ‘bocked-out’ for the season, but the occasion keeps me coming back. For those wondering, a ‘bock’ is really an umbrella term to describe a strong lager: typically brown, rich and drank in winter, the palette  is open to wild interpretation.

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Smokey bacon flavour beer.

This is the biggest beer festival in the Netherlands and it’s easy to see why: housed in a vast Venetian market-styled building near the station, the 10,000 visitors needn’t wait in long lines as there are 30+ breweries with even more taps to fill you up.

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Venue: 8/10

A striking Venetian market-inspired hall, with a buzzing atmosphere on festival day. There is also a leader board with a running tally of beers sold per brewery- Jopen was a clear winner last year, which may have been due to a tactical, and cheeky, placement of taps in the entrance foyer rather than unbridled class.

Beer: 7/10

Granted, they are almost exclusively some incarnation of a bock style, but the variety is surely world beating?

Worthy? Yes

A great day out. I haven’t been to many beer festivals so my opinion is not worth much, but perhaps we can trust the compilers of the list.

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