Beer-events Leiden (English)

Six times a year the city of Leiden is graced by a beer event. These events offer you the opportunity to savour many different beers from small Dutch breweries.

The spring and autumn events are pub crawls on foot where each pub offers a different special beer. The summer event transports you from one pub to the next by boat. The winter event takes place in Scheltema, where the brewers will be present in person to tell you everything about their beer.

Of course, each season brings its own, specific brew.

Bockbeerwalk A walk along 6 cafes were they each serve a different Bock.
Bock Beer is a bottom fermenting lager that generally takes extra months of lagering (cold storage) to smooth out such a strong brew. Bock beer in general is stronger than your typical lager, more of a robust malt character with a dark amber to brown hue. Hop bitterness can be assertive enough to balance though must not get in the way of the malt flavor, most are only lightly hopped.

Winterbeer Festival Leiden To cold for a walk outside? Then come and join this Festival.

Dinner-Beerwalk A walk along 5 nice restaurants with 5 different beer and food combinations.

Springbeerwalk Leiden A walk along 6 cafes were they each serve a different Spring Beer. Unlike other seasons there are not that many beer styles that are specifically brewed to celebrate springtime. However, ​there are a number of styles that are associated with the events and holidays of spring. And some styles just seem to taste better during springtime.

Summerbeer boat trip A nice variation on the Beerwalk. Hop on hop off the boat and enjoy some delicious beer at five different cafes.

SingelBeerwalk A walk along the Singels, the outskirt of Leiden in the 17th century. You’ll taste ten beers and get a small bite on the side.


27 January 2019 – Winterbeerfestival Leiden 2019


“Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they could have had beer and hot dogs.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

So if you want to have a nice Sunday afternoon, join the Winterbierfestival on January 27th in Leiden.  About fifteen small Dutch breweries will be present to let you taste their finest beer. You will get the opportunity to savour the best of Dutch special beers and find your next favourite.

Access in the form of the starter kit Blue with glass 20cl costs € 12 and Yellow (15cl) costs € 10 p.p.
You can buy beer coins in the pre-sale or on the spot: Blue (20cl): € 3.50 and Yellow (15cl): € 2.50 per piece.

Cards are online for sale  till Thursday, January 24th, and at the affiliated winery.

On the day itself there are only tickets available for sale at the door if they are still available. Tickets on the spot will cost you € 14.50 (blue) / € 12.50 (yellow) per package. 

NB: The confirmations of the Leiden Leiden Winterfestival will take place on Thursday 24-1-2019 by e-mail! Upon receipt of this confirmation (on paper or mobile), you can pick up your starter kit on-site.

By your ticket here:

Beer Calendar 2019 Leiden

27 January 2019
Winterbeer Festival Leiden
3 March 2019
14 April 2019
Springbeerwalk Leiden
9 June 2019
Summerbeer boat trip

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