Podge’s Beer Tours Newsletter

Hi! All.
We hope you are all well. Apologies for the delay in sending out this newsletter, we have been very busy this Spring finishing off the third edition of our Around Bruges in 80 Beers which is now available for sale. However, we are now pleased to finally announce our TOTALLY TRAPPIST TOUR this October, see below. We have also now finalised all Tour dates until the end of 2013 and are busy planning a great new programme for 2014.

Another date for your diary. Please come and see us at our BelgaFest Beer Bar at Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival Tuesday 9 July – Saturday 13 July 2013.

TOUR 65 – BEER & BATTLEFIELDS – Thursday 23rd May – Monday 27th May 2013
This Tour has now sold out, but due to popular demand and the Great War centenary in 2014-2018 we are planning two Beer & Battlefields Tours for 2014 which we expect to be May and September.

TOUR 66 – BEER & HERITAGE – Fri 9 August – Mon 12 August 2013
As noted in our last newsletter due to a change of dates of the Ipswich Beer Festival we have moved this Tour forward by two weeks, returning the day before the start of the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia. Based at Novotel Leuven this Tour combines beer tourism with great visits to historic and cultural sites. We are looking to include:
A visit to the Marl caves at Kanne where Grottenbier is aged and can be sampled.
A boat trip on the famous Ronquières Inclined Plane on the Brussels-Charleroi Canal.
A meal at Dupont brewery tap
Beer and Biscuit tasting
A visit to the Historic City of Tongeren
Call in at probably the most attractive brewery in the whole of Belgium Kerkom
A visit to the Archeosite and Museum in Aubechies which just happens to have a special beer Cervesia brewed for it.
Lastly a tour and tasting at the brand new brewhouse of Delirium Brewery in Melle.

The price of this four-day tour is £405 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 secure a place, please send a deposit of £100 per person now. The balance for this Tour is due as usual five weeks before departure.

!! TOUR 67 – TOTALLY TRAPPIST – Tuesday 1 October – Sunday 6 October 2013 !!
Our long awaited second Trappist Tour is announced! We are running a superb five night, six day exceptional beer experience encompassing beers from all the Trappist producing monasteries in the world, most will be tasted in situ. This tour will take us to the far corners of little Belgium and ventures over the border into the Netherlands. We will travel with our Galloways coach from the UK staying at different hotels throughout Belgium. The itinerary is still being built and a price will be issued shortly. As this Tour will sell out quickly you will need to register your interest with Podge as soon as possible if you would like to secure a place. Have a look at the itinerary for our last Trappist Tour 2008 to get an idea of what this experience might be like.

TOUR 68 – Christmas in Bruges – Monday 23 December – Friday 27 December 2013
Once again we are running our Christmas Tour to Bruges and beyond. This has proved increasingly popular and we sold out on the 2012 Christmas Tour, so if you want to join us then book early. We will be based at the four star Hotel Academie once again, near Minnewater in the centre of Bruges. The tour will include days out with our coach including a Christmas Day buffet, beer tasting and tour at the excellent Emelisse Brewery just over the Dutch border. 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 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 secure a place, please contact Podge now.

Included in the cost of our Tours are:
Hotel accommodation and breakfasts.
Luxury coach travel on a 49 seater coach with toilet.
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.
All Brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings.
Entrance fees to all group attractions, museums and historical sites.
All items marked with an asterisk on individual detailed tour itinerary.
Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guide & Map for the town or city where we stay or spend some time on Tour.
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.

CHEERS! Podge
Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours
Driving people to drink since 1994
http://www.podgebeer.co.uk
01245 354677

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