So, in a wonderful serendipity, the TAPT Beer Festival happened to be taking place in beautiful Rembrandt Park, south west of the main city.
We set off by bike from our Hoorn home and leave our bikes at the station. Half an hour later and we’re at Amsterdam Centraal. Using both Rome2Rio and CityMapper we’ve considered a range of transport possibilities and decide that the Number 17 tram will give us the best look at the parts of Amsterdam that we’re travelling through. The trip goes seamlessly and soon we’re walking along to the park and seeing the festival site in the distance.
Despite that fact that there will end up being around a thousand or so people at the festival, there is very little traffic impact as just about everybody comes by bike! The organisers have arranged lots of bike racks outside the venue and by the time we leave these are full with hundreds of bikes. That’s a lot of cars, taxis or other transport which doesn’t need to add to traffic.
The festival has attracted a crowd where the major demographic seems to be about 25-40 – people simply enjoying the great weather and good beer choices. The entry ticket was $10 Euro and we booked online through another site with a discount code which got us in the gate for 8 Euros each. The entry price included a proper glass branded for the festival. The glass was about the size of a middy and could be filled at any of the brewery stands for the consistent price of 3.90 with the only means of transaction by card.
There were some great beers available; some good music and the fun of a silent disco, held in the inflatable church provided by Jopen, a micro brewpub from Haarlem which is located in an old church.
All in all a great day!