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:
We are delighted to announce this new Beer & Battlefields Tour which will be based for five nights at Novotel Ypres Flanders Fields in the centre of Ypres. We will visit important sites connected with the end of the war including Mons which is where the British Expeditionary Force first engaged with the German Army and where Allied troops (spearheaded by the Canadians) ended up when the guns stopped at 11.00hrs on 11 November 1918. We are visiting Belgium just before the centenary Armistice date as there will be events at the Menen Gate in Ypres and Mons which are likely to be very busy, lots of camera crews and VIP invite only, so by going a little early we should get a chance to have a proper look at these sites. Of course, we will be visiting plenty of breweries and cafes and having some beer cuisine meals. The journey from Ypres to Mons happens to be particularly rich in great breweries, such as the mighty Bush (Dubuisson) Brewery. This is a unique battlefield Tour because of Siobhan McGinn's (Mrs Podge) latest research on alcohol and the British Army. On tour she will share her latest findings in the army Courts Martial records for drunkenness in the National Archives at Kew and what was going on with soldiers and drinking in the last year if the war. Why not join us? 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 (and the Netherlands) in a coach to eat and drink in warm cosy surroundings and sample the finest offerings of Belgian beer culture. Read more.
This six day Tour is designed for those who love Belgium’s lambic beers and takes in the superb bi-annual lambic brewer and blender open days, the Toer de Geuze. Over the six days of the Tour we will endeavour to visit all of LambicLand's spontaneous beer brewers and blenders. Read more.
This new six day Tour encompasses an exploration of beer and battlefields in Belgium, in the Brabant region which covers the field of the Battle of Waterloo. We'll be visiting loads of the excellent smaller breweries which are packed into this area and staying at the beautiful Pentahotel in the dead centre of Leuven, in Flemish Brabant. Siobhan (Mrs Podge) is your guide to all things historical and knows her way round a Belgian beer - she has clocked up well over a hundred breweries on Podge's Tours over the last twenty years or so and would be delighted to have you along! Read more.