Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

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forthcoming tours

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:

Tour 89 / Passchendaele 1917 Centenary Tour

Sunday 29 October – Friday 3 November 2017

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.

Tour 90 / Christmas in Antwerp

Friday 22 December – Wednesday 27 December 2017

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.

Tour 91 / Beer & Battlefields 1918 Spring Offensive Anniversary Tour

Friday 16 March – Wednesday 21 March 2018

We are pleased to announce this new tour staying at Novotel Ypres and designed to concentrate on the 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle), also known as the Ludendorff Offensive which was a massive series of German attacks along the Western Front against the allies during the First World War which began on 21 March 1918 and marked the deepest advances by either side since 1914. Read more.

Tour 92 / Belgian Beer from the Wood

Thursday 3 May – Tuesday 8 May 2018

This Tour is based at the excellent four star Hotel Keizershof in the beery city of Aalst where we will explore old Flemish Reds & Browns, Lambic beers and barrel-aged beers. This Tour will include a day experiencing the third biennial Rondje Roodbruin, a one day tour around the traditional breweries producing the world-renowned Flemish Red-Brown beers. Belle-Vue sign

Tour archive

Browse past tours here. You can also browse previous tours on our old website here.