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The Brew Your Own Magazine/ BeerTrips.com
BIG! Belgian Beer Adventure
September 18 - 28, 2014
Including the Poperinge Hops Festival
Join Brew Your Own Magazine Publisher Brad Ring and fellow homebrewers on a thorough investigation of Belgian (and French) beer. From the first night in Brussels, until the end of the trip we will explore a huge range of breweries, beers, and beer events. Great food, fine hotels in strategic locations, travel on our private coach, and visits to some of the best breweries in Belgium and France await your discovery.
Daily Itinerary* :
Thursday, September 18 - Fly to Brussels Belgium, aka Beer Heaven
Leave work and worries behind, get on an airplane, fly to Europe for a BeerTrip!
Friday, September 19 - Brussels Walking/Beer Cafe Tour, Welcome Beer Dinner
Arrive in Brussels, transfer to our hotel in the heart of one of Europe's finest beer cities. check-in and get settled before meeting the group in the lobby to embark on a historic walking tour/cafe crawl. We will get to know the city a bit, as well as each other , over a few noteworthy beers and some Brussels history. Our Welcome dinner takes place at Restobieres, where the owner and chef will treat us to some typical Brussels hospitality. After dinner and a fine selection of beers, the remainder of the evening is free. Overnight in Brussels. (D)
Saturday, September 20 - To Poperinge via St. Bernardus, In de Vrede & De Dolle, Beck Farm Dinner
Depart Brussels this morning in pursuit of some of the best beers in Belgium! Our day starts with a bit of historical cross-tasting as we visit St. Bernardus, once-upon-a-time brewer of the RateBeered Westvleteren 12. we will enjoy the full range of their beers, before a comparative stop at In de Vrede in Westvleteren. There will be time for lunch (on your own) in the cafe, before we continue to De Dolle Brouwers for one of the most artistically inspired tasting rooms in Belgium - replete with art pieces by the brewer. To taste the full range of beers is a delicious endeavour, but beware, they are not session beers. Next stop is the Ferme Barsserie Beck, where we will discover hop fields, a beer called Hommelpap, Flanders Red horses, and a farm-fresh dinner. after dinner we will find our Flemmish countryside lodgings and home for two nights. Overnight in Poperinge. (B, L, D)
Sunday, September 21 - Poperinge Hops Festival
Today is all about the Hops Festival in Poperinge! a full day of events and access are included with our tickets -- the museum, parade, meals, beer etc! Enjoy! Return to the hotel in shifts after the beer dinner or after hours, the coach will be available. Overnight in Poperinge. (B, D)
Monday, September 22 - French Breweries
Today we will delve into the beer-friendly regions of Northern France to visit a couple of classic Biere de Garde producers, including a BeerTrips.com favorite, Brasserie La Choulette. A beery lunch and a second brewery stop await, before we slow things down a bit with an off (or on) night in Mons. Overnight in Mons. (B, L)
Tuesday, September 23 - Cazeau, De Ranke
After a hearty breakfast we will spend time with two of Belgium's great newish breweries - Brouwerij De Ranke, and Brasserie de Cazeau. In between the visits and big tastings, we will enjoy a great lunch at a nearby locals' favorite restaurant close to the brewery. After a good beer day, we will travel to Brugge, our home for the next two nights. Overnight in Brugge. (B, L)
Wednesday, September 24 - Brugge
This morning we'll enjoy a locally guided tour of beautiful Brugge.
The remainder of the day is free to explore beautiful medieval Brugge.
Take a city tour, by canal boat, horse drawn carriage, local tour
bus, or foot. There are dozens of great bars in close proximity
to museums, cathedrals, parks and public squares. There are also
a couple of local breweries and a brewing museum if you want more
beer related activities. Tonight we will indulge in
a gourmet beer meal at Erasmus, a restaurant offering courses paired
with fine beers. Overnight in Brugge. (B) . Overnight in Brugge. (B, L, D)
Thursday, September 25 -Rodenbach, De La Senne
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, check-out and board the beer bus for a day of old and new breweries. First stop is Rodenbach, for a tour of their working museum/brewery. Have a beery lunch before visiting Brussels second brewery - Brasserie de la Senne. After the visits, we will check-in to the hotel and enjoy a free night on the town. so many beers, so little time. Overnight in Brussels. (B)
Friday, September 26 - Brussels, Cantillon, Big Beer Tasting
A chance to sleep in today, before we visit Cantillon at 11:00. Lunch and the afternoon are free until our Big Beer Tasting in the cellar of the original Moeder Lambic in St Gilles this evening. Overnight in Brussels. (B, T)
Saturday, September 27 - Vapeur Brew Day, Dupont Cafe, Farewell Dinner
This morning we are up early bound for the heart Wallonia for one of beer's best spectacles - open brew day at Brasserie Vapeur in Pipaix. See the old steam engine moving belts and gears all to power the brew 19th century style. The brewery buildings are a sight to see and when the place is brewing you feel trapped in another time. Enjoy watching the brew, play traditional cafe games, and enjoy lunch and pne of the best cheese tastings anywhere! On the return to Brussels with stop off at Brasserie Duponts local bar for a mini tasting of the fine line of Dupont beers. The final event of the trip is our Farewell Dinner this evening in Brussels. Cheers! Overnight in Brussels. (B, L, D)
Sunday, September 28 - Alas, time to return home.
Time to leave beer heaven. Overnight in Your Bed. (B)
For Registration and Policies & Details: Click Here.
(Land-only, Based on double occupancy)
$3495 per person
Single Room add $635
& Brewery Visits
Some of the best breweries in the world!
St. Bernardus, De Dolle, Beck Farm, La Choulette, Au Baron, Blaugies, De Ranke, Cazeau, De Halve Maan, Rodenbach, Brasserie de la Senne, Cantillon... wow!
The Poperinge Hops Festival
A BIG Moeder Lambic Beer Tasting
Belgian Beer Bars and Cafes
Fine, centrally located hotels,9 nights total:
1 night in Brussels
2 nights Poperinge
1 night Mons
2 nights Brugge
3 nights Brussels
Locally Guided Tours in:
Plus pub crawls & touring on our private transportation -- the "Beer Bus"
Arrival & Departure
Trip Begins and Ends in Brussels
Fly in and out of Brussels.
The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous,
beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of
a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned
events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided
touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always
rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.
* Please note also:
This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel
availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad
weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often
unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before
we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better
than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!