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Pivzavod 02-24-2010 04:11 PM

Beer vacation to Belgium
 
If you had a week or so and wanted to visit multiple cities / breweries, etc how would you do it?

I just purchased this book and will have it next week.

Did anyone ever do a trip to Belgium where you visited more then just Brussels? I would want to take brewery tours, taste as much Belgian beers as I can.

cheezydemon3 02-24-2010 06:03 PM

WOW! Wish I could help!.....furthermore.....wish i had that problem!lol.(planning a trip to belgium that is)

Pivzavod 02-24-2010 06:37 PM

Planning a good trip takes time and I want to get suggestions from the experts.

Reelale 02-24-2010 06:44 PM

We went last year. Stayed in Brussels with day trips to Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Bastogne. Road the fast train to Paris, the trip was the highlight, not so much the city. I liked Bruges the best, neat place. Visit the Halve Moon (I think thats right) brewery. If I were to go back, I would rent a car and just do road trips to visit all of the breweries. However, the rail system is the heat there, and very cheap.

Houblon 02-24-2010 06:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pivzavod (Post 1905737)

Did anyone ever do a trip to Belgium where you visited more then just Brussels? I would want to take brewery tours, taste as much Belgian beers as I can.

Heres some info:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/goin...0/#post1753120


I'm going over to amsterdam in april before heading down to antwerpen :rockin:

cercueil 02-24-2010 07:27 PM

Check out this post http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/were...ologne-127351/

I went there 6 years ago and put my 2 cents in that thread. Its a great country. Obviously the beer is great but the mussles, waffles, chocolate, crepes and fries were awesome as well. Didn't have 1 bad meal there and that includes chinese food...with a grimbergen as well..lol..+1 to Bruges. Only did a tour of that city but if I ever get a chance to go back I will stay in Bruges.

dale1038 02-24-2010 07:40 PM

Don't miss Antwerp. It was my favorite city in Belgium. Highly underrated.

Oh, and imo don't go out of your way to go to Cologne. Second worst city I've been to in Europe...right after Berlin...yuck.

Pivzavod 02-24-2010 07:41 PM

Thanks I was searching the forum with "belgium trip" & "belgium vacation" and didnt find much. Reading your suggestions right now.

BelgianBeer 02-25-2010 06:02 AM

Belgian beer vacation
 
I came across your thread on one of my google news alerts. I am an American expat in Belgium for about 10 years now. We bought an old chateau a couple years ago and are just about done renovating it. We are turning it into a B & B for Belgian beer tours and World War II history tours around Belgium, France, and Germany.

I also belong to an expat fraternal club called Belgium STUDS....don't let the name fool you, it stands for spouses trailing under duress successfully. What it means is....basically guys who followed their wives here because of their corporate job.

This usually leads to a bunch of guys with nothing to do....so the solution is to get together often and meet for beer. Quite a club eh? One of the STUDS members is Joe from Missouri, whose wife is with the American Embassy, and has turned into our local beer expert. He recently wrote a book called "Around Brussels in 80 Beers" and maintains a blog at thirstypilgrim.com

So if you need help or info on your planned trip to Belgium, you can get plenty of help from us insiders. If anyone is interested in being a guinea pig for our tour business, I'd love to hear from you....but at any rate, you can get all the conversation you want about Belgian Beer.

beercycle 02-26-2010 03:06 AM

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Originally Posted by BelgianBeer (Post 1907644)
I came across your thread on one of my google news alerts. I am an American expat in Belgium for about 10 years now. We bought an old chateau a couple years ago and are just about done renovating it. We are turning it into a B & B for Belgian beer tours and World War II history tours around Belgium, France, and Germany.

I also belong to an expat fraternal club called Belgium STUDS....don't let the name fool you, it stands for spouses trailing under duress successfully. What it means is....basically guys who followed their wives here because of their corporate job.

This usually leads to a bunch of guys with nothing to do....so the solution is to get together often and meet for beer. Quite a club eh? One of the STUDS members is Joe from Missouri, whose wife is with the American Embassy, and has turned into our local beer expert. He recently wrote a book called "Around Brussels in 80 Beers" and maintains a blog at thirstypilgrim.com

So if you need help or info on your planned trip to Belgium, you can get plenty of help from us insiders. If anyone is interested in being a guinea pig for our tour business, I'd love to hear from you....but at any rate, you can get all the conversation you want about Belgian Beer.

Would like to know more about your tour and gain a few suggestion from the STUDS.
A friend & I are planning a beercycling trip to Belgium in May. We plan to stay about 12 days starting in Brussels. We'd want to visit Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges and if time permits the farmhouse brewers near Lille. We are more about beer then cycling but cycling provides more of an adventure. Maybe some of the STUDS would like to tag along. Your thoughts are appreciated.


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