Podge is Chris Pollard, who has been running popular and informal beer tours to Belgium since 1994 and is a full time Tour Operator. As one half of beer writing duo Pollard & McGinn he organises coach tours with various pick up points in the UK travelling onto Belgium. Tours include stays in great hotels, visits to breweries and brewery taps and atmospheric cafés where travellers can enjoy rare and tasty beers. All tours include an opportunity to stock up your beer cellar at one of Belgium’s better beer warehouses. Podge has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Belgian beers, breweries and culture which, to paraphrase Tim Webb is ‘delivered in American, but spoken but with a Lancashire accent.’ Browse the tour archive or join him and Siobhan McGinn on one of the following great tours:
This unique two centre tour is based in Kortrijk and Aalst, two perfect beer towns from which to explore Flemish Red Brown beers and Lambic beers. This Tour will look at wood and beer and how wood can be used to make beer taste interesting. We’ll also be looking at and tasting Belgian barrel-aged beers. This Tour will include the biennial Toer de Geuze on the Sunday 7 May 2017 which is a lambic-lovers heaven and a great day out in LambicLand. Read more.
This unique tour will explore Trappist and Abbey beers and will be a heavenly Belgian beer experience based in Ghent. On the Trappist side we hope to include a visit to the Westmalle Monastery Brewery Tap and In de Vrede at Westvleteren. For the abbey beer experience we hope to visit Averbode, Postel, Affligem and Tongerlo. Read more.
This is a harvest festival tour with a difference. It’s based in Lo-Reninge in the hop growing district of Poperinge in West Flanders. We’ll be visiting breweries who famously brew from local hops and tasting their beers. We will visit local hop farms and see the harvest as well as attend the 2017 Beer and Hop Festival which is held in the town every three years and is a homage to the noble hop. Read more.
This special centenary tour visits the Flanders battlefields, along with your unique guide, Siobhan McGinn, who is currently undertaking a PhD in Alcohol, Moral and Discipline in the First World War. If you are interested in both beer and battlefields this is the tour for you and is guaranteed to be like no other battlefield Tour. We will exploring the Ypres Salient at the time of the last desperate engagement of the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July to 10 November 1917), the Second Battle of Passchendaele. We will visit the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 at Zonnebeke, Tyne Cot the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world in terms of burials with 11,961 named soldiers headstones, 8,373 unnamed graves plus 35,000 names engraved on the rear cemetery wall of men who died in the Ypres Salient after 16 August 1917 and whose graves are not known. Read more.
We love Belgium (and winter beers) at Christmas and we love taking a coach full of like-minded people. If you want something different to the usual Christmas routine, why not come away with us and get driven around Flanders in a coach to eat and drink in warm cosy surroundings and sample the finest offerings of Belgian beer culture. Read more.