Podge’s Beer Tours Schedule

The latest newsletter from Podge FYI.

Hi! All,

 

Our Christmas in Bruges Tour 2012 sold out three or four weeks ago, but we are already taking bookings for Christmas 2013 so if you would like to see what you are missing, or want a flavour of our Christmas Tours, have a look at our website.

 

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

As you read this Siobhan and I are on the final draft  of the third edition of Around Bruges in 80 Beers featuring lots of new venues and new beers and underlining the fact that the Bruges beer scene is better than ever. We plan to launch this edition in February 2013 in time for the Bruges Beer Festival. This great festival is now established as one of the highlights of the Beer calendar, with its perfect venue below the belfry on the main Markt square. We are combining our book launch and the Bruges beer festival in a Tour based at the four star Hotel Academie in the centre of Bruges, near Minnewater. We are planning brewery visits to StrubbeAlvinne and De Ryck along with a beer cuisine meal at Bistronoom in Ostend and a visit to top new beer café Kunstmaecker in Steenkerke.

 

The price of this four-day tour is £396 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £100 if you want a room of your own. 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. If you would like to book a place, please now send a deposit of £100 per person. The balance for this Tour is due as usual five weeks before departure. Please get in touch soon as this Tour is proving very popular.

 

Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival – Wednesday 20 February – Saturday 23 February 2013

Make time in your diary for this Winter Beer Festival at a great new bigger and better venue, King Edward VI Grammar School (KEGS), Broomfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 3SX.

  • This is over twice the size of any previous site used for the Chelmsford CAMRA Winter Beer Festival
  • Over 200 Real Ales and Ciders
  • We will be there with our BelgaFest Beer Bar offering a huge selection of Belgian beers, plus
  • A range of International offerings that will knock your socks off with some beers not usually available in this country
  • To encourage you to come and visit us on the first day of the festival we will be offering your first pint of draught Budweiser Budvar Yeast Beer at half price. Come and say Hello!

 

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

This Tour is now based in Ibis Brussels Centre Sainte Catherine Hotel. This is ideally situated to explore the heart of the Belgian lambic scene. We aim to visit all of the lambic brewers and blenders, some on the superb bi-annual lambic day –the Toer de Geuze – and some on other days so we have more time to spend at certain venues. We will also visit the new Lambic Visitors Centre De Lambiek in Beersel (Alsemberg). There will be meals at the superb de Heeren van Liederkercke and Café-Restaurant 3 Fonteinen in Beersel, plus calling in at specialist lambic cafe In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst. To add to the theme of using oak in the brewing process, we will visit Bockor Brewery in Bellegem. They have recently upped their game and are now doing marvellous things with their foeders (Oak Barrels) and their revamped brands.

 

The price of this four-day tour is £396 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £100 if you want a room of your own. 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. If you would like to book a place, please send a deposit of £100 per person. This Tour is getting full, so if you want to go, act now. The balance for this Tour is due as usual five weeks before departure.

 

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. This year we are planning visits to:

  • Six-Colpaert Brewery, Reningelst – a first world war brewery, for a beer tasting.
  • The renovated In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper and the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
  • The Memorial to the 2nd Worcesters at Gheluvelt and their pivotal role in the First Battle of Ypres (1914)
  • The Brooding Soldier Memorial to the gas attack at Vancouver Corner and the Second Battle of Ypres (1915)
  • Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the world
  • Sanctuary Wood Trenches & Hill 62 Museum
  • Hooge Crater Museum
  • The Ijzertoren, Dixmuide
  • De Dolle Brouwers Brewery Tour, Esen
  • Vanuxeem Beer Warehouse – possibly the biggest in Belgium
  • The Christmas Truce Memorial at Frelinghien and the story of what happened in this sector in December 1914
  • In de Vrede, Westvleteren, home of the famous Trappist beers, and a First World war billet for the Allies.
  • Evenings free in Veurne, Poperinge and Ypres, armed with Podge’s local beer guide.

 

Once again we have the services of Siobhan McGinn as our guide to Flanders Fields, and this year Siobhan will be giving us the benefit of knowledge gained on the MA British First World War Studies which she is currently undertaking at Birmingham University. If you have a particular cemetery or memorial in the Ypres Salient that you would like to visit in connection with your family, please let us know and we will see if we can incorporate it in the Tour.

The price of this five-day tour is £440 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £120 if you want a room of your own. 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. If you would like to book a place, please register your interest with me now to be added to the provisional list. Deposits can come later. The balance for this Tour is due as usual five weeks before departure.

 

Tour 66 – BEER AND HERITAGE – FRI 23 AUGUST to MON 26 AUGUST 2013

Based at Novotel Leuven, this Tour will combine beer tourism with historical and cultural sites. Watch this space for further details including the price of the tour which will be announced after Christmas.

 

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).

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

v      Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guide & 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 emailpodgehome@blueyonder.co.uk. Places are limited to the number of rooms booked, so book early to avoid disappointment.

 

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CHEERS! Podge

Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

Driving people to drink since 1994

www.podgebeer.co.uk

01245 354677

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