With weatherforecasts predicting rain throughout the day the during the Bruisend Apeldoorn festival we were at first hesitant to make the train ride east. It turned out to be a much better day than expected and turnout was great on the marketsquare next to Apeldoorn’s City Hall.
It is good to see that beer festivals can come in so many different ways. This was as much a family oriented festival as they come. On a Sunday when the downtown shops were open for business everyone could enter for free without admittance. It gave the festival a much more open character, exactly what the smaller brewers need to reach a bigger audience.
Besides the stands for brewers there was entertainment for kids, music groups were playing most of the time and street theater could be seen. It is great to once in a while go to a beerfestival where people who do not drink beer at all can have a good time. There were some jazz bands, a bluegrass band wandered the square and three guys playing sixties music parked their beautiful American car in the middle between two huge umbrellas. Among the street theatre were a man and his very tiny car and a woman on a big red ball having a dance with a huge puppet. The big red ball was real, we saw it before the first glass of beer.
The beer was served by both brewers directly but also by stores, cafés and restaurants, providing the bigger names like Guiness, Palm and more beers that the average beer drinker knows and likes. It seemed to be good advertisement for what the city has to offer. The name of the festival “Bruisend Apeldoorn” also has a double meaning with bruisend meaning both foamy/bubbly but also alive/vibrant.
Even though there was much more to see and do our aim was to sample some (Dutch) beers we had not had before. Bruisend Apeldoorn was a perfect opportunity for this with a very good line-up featuring quite a few smaller brewers including ’t Goeye Goet, Huttenkloas, Reuzenbieren, Rodenburg and more. The local beers from Apeldoorn had lines forming in front of them. The quality of the beers overall was however slightly disappointing, with a few exceptions. Blondes from Wittenburg and the Hanze Brouwerij from Zutphen were quite good. We detected some interesting mustard hints in the latter. A brewer that we had never heard of was De Witte Leeuw from Wezep. Their Amarillo Sun made us want to check out more from them, if we can find their bottles that is, but that is quest for the coming weeks.
We ended the festival on a high note with a De Molen Rasputin, concluding that no beer we had today came even close.