PODGE’S BELGIAN BEER TOURS NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2012

 

 

Hi! All,

Here is an update on our future Belgian Beer Tours and beer festivals where our BelgaFest Beer Bar will be appearing this summer! You may have noticed our new website atwww.podgebeer.co.uk. It is still early days yet but please let me have any comments on our new site.

 

IPSWICH BEER FESTIVAL ON THE WATERFRONT – THURS 16 AUGUST – SUN 19 AUGUST 2012

Our BelgaFest Beer Bar will be at this second festival on the Orwell Quay at Ipswich Docks later this week. We look forward to seeing you there if you can make it. Again, we are aiming to get in some top ranking beers from around the world. For details see Ipswich Beer Festival.

 

Tour 60 – BEER & HERITAGE TOUR – FRI 24 AUG –  MON 27 AUG 2012

This Tour is now sold out and we are all ready to go.

 

CHAPPEL SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL – TUES 4 SEPT – SAT 8 SEPT 2012

Our BelgaFest Beer Bar will be at this excellent outdoor beer festival at the East AnglianRailway Museum, Chappel & Wakes Colne Station, Chappel in Essex and we look forward to seeing you all there. For details see Chappel Summer Beer Festival.

 

Tour 61 – ABBEY BEER PILGRIMAGE – THURS 20 SEPT – MON 24 SEPT 2012

The final itinerary is almost complete. It promises to be a stonker of a Beer Tour taking in all the authenticated Abbey Beers of Belgium. We aim to visit various locations associated with these beers to give Travellers a unique opportunity to attempt to try most or all of the “Erkend” Abbey beers of Belgium. We will be visiting some of the Breweries where they are brewed, some of the associated Abbeys and some other historic settings linked to the beer. The first two nights we stay at Ibis Namur Centre Hotel followed by two nights at Novotel Mechelen Centrum Hotel.

  • A visit to Maredsous Abbey for a chance to taste the abbey products.
  • A snack and an Abbaye de Bonne Esperance beer at Tournebride Tavern in the grounds of the Abbey.
  • A meal and beer at Floreffe Abbey.
  • A tasting of Ename beers at Oude Abdij café in Ename.
  • A visit to and meal at Gasterie Ten Duinen, the estaminet associated with the Ten Duinen Abbey in Koksijde.
  • A tour and tasting at Brasserie de Brunehaut, brewers of the Saint Martin range of beers.
  • A visit, tasting and meal at Val de Sambre brewery which nestles in the heart of the Aulne Abbey.
  • A brewery tour and beer tasting at St Feuillien in Le Roeulx.
  • Tastings arranged for Keizerberg, Bornem and Ramee.
  • Tasting and visit to brewery at Val Dieu.
  • Cheese and Beer pairing at Herkenrode Abbey.
  • Visit to Ter Dolen to sample the beer.

 

The price of this five-day tour is £445 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £128 if you want a room of your own. If you would like to join us, please contact me now for the last few places and if you already have your name down could you please contact me to arrange to pay the balance for this Tour.

 

Tour 62 – CHRISTMAS in BRUGES – SAT 22 DEC to WED 26 DEC 2012

We are pleased that rooms have once again been secured at the four star Hotel Academie in central Bruges and we will be running a 5 day Christmas Tour again. So get the dates in your diary and get your request for leave in!  By the way we have already been invited by the Waregem branch of Zythos along to their special exhibition of Winter Beers – sounds good! And on Christmas day we will be visiting, eating and drinking at Emelisse Brewery just over the border in Holland.

 

The price of this five-day tour is £445 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £128 if you want a room of your own. If you would like to book a place, please register your interest now to be added to the list. We will probably be collecting deposits for this Tour in September 2012.

 

Tour 63 – BRUGES in 80 BEERS and MORE – SAT 2 FEB to TUES 5 FEB 2013

Everybody enjoys Bruges, including me and Siobhan, so we have decided to return for their excellent Beer Festival. This will take place under the historic belfry right on the main square.This Tour is based at Hotel Academie**** in the centre of the historic city of Bruges on the weekend of the Bruges Beer Festival which takes place in the Halletoren on the  Markt Square. We will be exploring  the cafes of Bruges and the two Breweries in the city plus another couple in the West Flanders countryside. This Tour coincides with the publication of our 3rd edition of Around Bruges in 80 Beers and we will take Travellers on a disorganised cafe crawl to some of our newly featured venues.

Tour Price:  To be announced in Autumn 2012. Prices will be based on sharing in a twin or double room. Single Supplement: To be announced in Autumn 2012. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Podge as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payment of a single supplement.

Tour 64 – LAMBICLAND REVISITED – FRI 19 APRIL to MON 22 APRIL 2013

For this Tour we are based in Aalst at the fantastic Hotel Keizershof****. We are aiming to visit all of the Lambic brewers and blenders in Belgium, being:Hanssens (Dworp), 3 Fonteinen(Beersel), Oud Beersel (Beersel), Boon (Lembeek), Timmermans (Itterbeek), Lindemans(Vlezenbeek), De Cam (Gooik), De Troch (Wambeek) and Mort Subite (Kobbegem), Tilquin(Rebecq-Rognon) and possibly Girardin (Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle) and Cantillon (Brussels). We also hope to pay a visit to the new Lambic Visitors Centre in Beersel (Alsemberg) De Lambiek. There will be meals at the superb beer cafe and restaurant de Heeren van Liederkercke and Café-Restaurant 3 Fonteinen and a visit to specialist Lambic cafe In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst.

Tour Price:  To be announced in Autumn 2012. Prices will be based on sharing in a twin or double room. Single Supplement:  To be announced in Autumn 2012. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Podge as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payment of a single supplement.

 

Tour 65 – BEER AND BATTLEFIELDS – THURS 23 MAY to MON 27 MAY 2013

This is our fourth Beer & Battlefields Tour. Our base is the friendly Oude Abdij Hotel in Lo, the site of  one of the many Belgian breweries destroyed in the First World War. This Tour will centre on battlefields and breweries in the Ypres Salient in Flanders and will as usual include visits to well known and some less well known sites. We will have the services of Siobhan McGinn as our guide to Flanders Fields, and this year Siobhan will be giving us the benefit of her studies on the MA in British first war studies which she will undertake in Autumn 2012.

Tour Price:  To be announced in Autumn 2012. Prices will be based on sharing in a twin or double room. Single Supplement: To be announced in Autumn 2012. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Podge as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payment of a single supplement.

 

Included in the cost of these Tours are:

v      Hotel accommodation and breakfasts.

v      Luxury coach travel on a 49 seater coach with toilet.

v      Pick up from Ipswich (Crown Street Layby), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road). Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel. 

v      All Brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings.

v      Entrance fees to attractions, museums and historical sites.

v      All other items marked with an asterisk on the individual detailed tour itinerary.

v      Copies of Podge’s City Bar guide and Map for the town or city where we stay or spend some time on Tour.

v      Free still and sparkling water on the coach.

 

Personal insurance is not included but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Office.

 

If you would like to join us on any of the above tours or if you need more information please contact Podge on 01245 354677 or email podgehome@blueyonder.co.uk. Places are limited to the number of rooms booked, so book early to avoid disappointment. If you do not want to receive further newsletters, please let me know.

 

CHEERS! Podge

Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

Driving people to drink since 1994

www.podgebeer.co.uk

01245 354677

 

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