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Old 12-19-2009, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default Going to Belgium, where to visit?

Hello everyone, I'm pleased to announce that I will be spending four days in Belgium during January. I know it's not a huge amount of time, but I wanted to see if you guys had any suggestions or previous experience with brewery tours, bars, and other beer-related must-see sights.

I'm staying in Brussels and will also be visiting Bruges... maybe Antwerp. I'm willing to travel out of my way to see the most important/interesting beer sites available. Suggestions???

EDIT: I'm also spending 8 days in The Netherlands, staying in Amsterdam. Any suggestions sans Heineken are welcome.


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Old 12-19-2009, 08:14 PM   #2
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If I were you, I'd start in Amsterdam and drive down along the coast via the Delta Works storm barriers (take a dune hike near Haamstede on Shouwen-Duiveland) towards Brugges and then Westvleteren. From there, head towards Brussels.

The Hautes Fagnes region is really nice as well. Between it and Brussels, it's not too far from Remouchamps (an awesome show cave with an underground boat ride), and Rocheford isn't too terribly far away, either. If you are a history buff, the Fagnes region was where the Ardennes Offensive took place, and you can still see destroyed bunkers and dragon's teeth from the Siegfried line dotting the landscape).

On the other side of the border, it's maybe 90 minutes to Cologne and a bit more to Duesseldorf - a nice way to finish up the trip.


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Old 12-19-2009, 08:32 PM   #3
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Brussels--> Delirium Cafe = 2000 beers
http://www.deliriumcafe.be/

Brugge-->get the book "Around Brugge in 80 beers" ,
Brugs Beertje -->http://www.brugsbeertje.be/index_en.htm
Cafe Garre
Bargehuis

Antwerpen --> you must visit the Kulminator.
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1232/

Amsterdam--> interactive map: http://www.amsterdamer.supanet.com/
another map --> http://www.coffeeshop.freeuk.com/Map.html

Café Gollem - fav
In De Wildeman - 2nd
Café Belgique - cozy
Café `t Arendsnest - only Dutch beers

Need a list of the better Coffeeshops?

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Old 12-19-2009, 08:34 PM   #4
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WOW! This is all excellent. A list of the better coffee shops would be delightful
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You usually can't go wrong with the following coffeeshops:

Grey Area -- the Chocolope is just......
Dampkring
Barney's
Katsu
Basjoe

Hit or miss shops:

Greenhouse
Old Church
Rokerij
Bushdoctor

Stay away from:

Any coffeeshop on Damstraat/Oude Hoogstraat.
Any coffeeshop on Nieuwendijk.
Any coffeeshop with an overdone reggae theme.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:35 PM   #6
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Excellent, I can safely trust the advice of a fellow HBTer. Many thanks! Any other suggestions are welcome too...
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< while in Amsterdam >
I would say try the Copelandia Cyanenscens ("Hawaiian Magic Mushrooms) but the Dutch banned fresh mushrooms due to dumb tourist jumping off rooftops.

They do sell Sclerotia (a.k.a magic truffles/philosophers’ stones)
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But really your safer walking the worse parts of Amsterdam than most USA cities. I have been visiting the city since `94 and never had any problems.
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I'll second a mandatory stop at Brugs Beertje. Not too many places can claim 300 Belgian Beers on their menu.

Also in Bruges you can tour the De Halve Maan Brewery. (My avatar is actually a cropped photo that I took of a poster that was on the wall when I visited.) There's a tasting room upstairs after the tour.

Of course the great thing about being in Belgium is that everywhere you stop to eat will have Belgian beer. Go figure.
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Also in Bruges you can tour the De Halve Maan Brewery.
The beer is pretty good
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The beer is pretty good
Yep, I second that. You'll love Bruges. Tour the brewery. Rent a bicycle, take a boat ride. Was in Brussels for two weeks this past July. Ghent is nice too, as are all the locations on your itinerary.



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