The event was very relaxed while we were there in the afternoon, although I expect it was more active in the evening since it ran until 2 am. It was held at the Maastricht StayOkay and had live music of the decent, local variety. Tables were set up around the room, so after paying a deposit for a glass you could go around a get it filled up for a single token (1,50 per token). The porch was also open and since the weather was great on Saturday, we sat outside for most of our stay.
I’ve been a be fan of microbrews (in the States) for a while now, so it is always great to try the beer made locally wherever we go. True, this festival wasn’t really all about microbrewies, but it was about regional beer so that’s close enough for me. Since arriving in the Netherlands, we’ve been drinking a lot of ‘house’ beers, which are typically pilsners. While many types have grown on me, I think I’ll always prefer wheat/white beers.Fortunately, there were a number of ‘wit’ (usually means a white or wheat beer) and other unique options available at the festival to give my palate a workout. Based on this experience, I’d say that Dutch beers tend to be light in color and strong in alcohol content. The wheat beers we’ve tried are mostly very light in flavor, although a few have a more full flavor (Dan says banana-y) without being hoppy. The dubbels and tripels seem to have a higher hops content, but not necessarily a darker color than a regular pilsner or white beer. Bruin, or brown, beers are sometimes sweet, but even when they are not there is something molasses-like about them.