Rein Beer Fest

Beer festival celebrating 500 years of Reinheitsgebot

23 Apr 2016
24 Apr 2016

Please note that we made some changes to the program and Tickets! You can now visit Saturday nights program for only €15,-

From minimalistic Pilsner to typical Ossi-beers. On the weekend 0f 23rd and 24th April we will celebrate the 500 year existence of Reinheitsgebot with a program filled with tastings, talks, nerd meetings, a beer brunch, masterclass and a wild herb hunting tour. How does this German Beer Purity Law relate to the current craft of beer brewing? And what is its impact on beer diversity?

Passepartout** / Individual Tickets / Facebook

The Rein Beer Fest is co-curated by Henriëtte Waal, Jan Lemmens and Mediamatic.


Rein Beer Fest - The Rein Beer Fest is a festival honoring 500 years of Reinheitsgebot. daan proost, Willem Velthoven


Expert Nerd Meeting

Saturday 23 April 14:00 - 16:00 / Free entrance

Let's sit down with experts, brewers and drinkers to discuss the rules and controversies of the German Reinheitsgebot.


Bierberaad - Brewing, drinking and discussing Ana Valls


Saturday 23 April 18:30 - 21:30 (1 hour food break) / Ticket €15,-

Bierberaad is Back! How does the German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) relate to the current craft of beer brewing? And what is its impact on beer diversity?
With: Kees Filius, Sander Nederveen (Oedipus), Pim Bosch (De Leckere), Rick Kempen, Mattias Terpstra (Katjelam), Edo van Bree and Henriette Waal.

Tastings: Rauchbier Märzen 5,1% (Aecht Schlenkerla), Volkspils 5% (Oedipus Brewery), Pilsener 5% (De Leckere), Pilsner 4,9% (Jever), Verzopen Lichtenhainer 4,3% (Brouwerij Katjelam) and Erdbeer Porter 4,2% (Bergquell Brauerei Löbau).


Pouring the glasses for a comparative tasting - During the monthly Bierberaad events we tasted and compared beers from independent brewers. Xiang Yu Yeung

Beer Party German Style

Saturday 23 April 21:30 - late / Free entrance

Neue Deutsche Welle brought to you by DJ Supergeuze from the Bierkoning. Expect post-punk, electronic and new-wave tunes to dance to.


Neue Deutsche Welle mixtape - found via this link


Wild Herb Hunting for Drinkers and Brewers

Sunday 24 April 10:00 - 12:00 / Tickets €7,50

This excursion is suitable for all brewers and drinkers looking into ways to rediscover our green urban environment and complement their brews with local ingredients. Together with a wild foraging specialist and Jonmar van Vlijmen (De Onkruidenier) we will go on a tour through the city of Amsterdam foraging for delicious wild herbs and plants.


Wild herb foraging - Plant hunting in an urban landscape De Onkruidenier

Beer Brunch

Sunday 24 April 12:00 - 14:00

Pairing craft beers with Dutch delicacies to celebrate 500 years of Reinheitsgebot. How about Goose Eggs Florentine with Truffle Oil and Beer Hollandaise, Chickpea Beer Meringue Pancakes or Beer-battered Gobi 65? At Mediamatic ETEN.


Beer Brunch - Start your day with a lovely Beer Brunch pairing craft beers with Dutch delicacies to celebrate 500 years of Reinheitsgebot.

Forgotten Beer History

Sunday 24 April 14:00 - 15:00 / Tickets €10,-

Changing Hops for Herbs with a series of talks about gruitbier and forgotten beer history. With: Erik Bouman (Kleinduimpje), Ton Zijp, Henriëtte Waal and more. All talks will be accompanied by tastings.


For The Love of Pils - Still from the movie 'Dinner at Eight'. Lisanne Groenewoud


Bierberaad €15,- (Sat)
Wild Herb Hunting €7,50 (Sun)
Forgotten Beer History €10,- (Sun)
2 Day Passe-partout : €20,- **(Sat + Sun)
**incl: Nerd Meeting, Bierberaad, Wild Herb Hunting and Forgotten Beer History)

What is the Reinheitsgebot?

The Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law, is one of the oldest food regulation laws still in function today. It is a series of regulations limiting the ingredients in beer in Germany to only water, hops and barley. The law came into existence in order to regulate prices and resources, but was later also used as a German beer marketing tool. On April 23rd 2016, the Reinheitsgebot will have existed for exactly 500 years.

Rein Beer Fest
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam