Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

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forthcoming tours

Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours was founded by Podge, aka Chris Pollard back in 1994 and is now run by his wife, co-beer-writer and co-traveller for thirty years, Siobhan McGinn. Podge was famous for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Belgian beers, breweries and culture, but Siobhan was never far behind him. On a recent Tour one traveller was overheard saying to a fellow traveller ‘Siobhan – she knows her stuff’. She and Podge travelled in Belgium for almost thirty year, first alone, then with Tours and and visited hundreds of Belgian breweries and probably thousands of cafes.

Podge & Siobhan at Leuven Innovation Festival 2016

Podge & Siobhan at Leuven Innovation Festival 2016.

As well as a Belgian beer expert, Siobhan is a historian and an expert on beer in the First World War in Flanders. She has a Master’s degree from Birmingham University in First World War Studies. Siobhan personally conducts each Tour and loves to tell travellers on the coach microphone about Belgian culture, cow breeds, Flemish dog carts and the meaning of obscure Flemish road signs. Given that Siobhan also has a degree in English Law, another two Masters degrees in Victorian Studies and English Literature and is an Egyptologist, she is rarely short of subjects to talk about! You need a vacation. You need a beer. You need a beercation. Come and join us on one of the following great tours. We have pick up and drop off points in Suffolk, Essex and Kent for ease of joining a Tour.

Norfolk & Norwich Beer, Broads & Bitterns Tour

Monday 30 August to Friday 03 September 2021

This is a five day Tour staying in Norwich, Norfolk, U.K. exploring the beers and breweries and historical sights of Norfolk and Norwich. A 'slotter' as Podge would have called it whilst we wait to get to Belgium. We are based for four nights in the Best Western George in Norwich and included in the Tour are a visit to Woodfordes Brewery Tap, a Steam train ride on the Bure Valley railway, a Broads Boat Tour, a visit to Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich museum, a visit to a herring museum and a trip to Horsey Gap to see the seals and much more. Read more.

The Belgian Black Beer Tour - October 2021

Thursday 07 October - Tuesday 12 October 2021

This is a our brand new Tour designed to take in the Black Beers of Belgium, old and new. If you like Stouts, Porters and a sneaky Westmalle Dubbel then this is the beer tour for you! Five nights, six days staying in Belgium's traditional Black Beer city - Mechelen. Read more.

Christmas in Bruges Tour

Friday 24 December - Tuesday 28 December 2021

Our popular annual Christmas Tour and this time we spend it in Beautiful Bruges. Christmas markets, outdoor ice rinks, dark winter beers and plenty of company. Read more.

The Belgian Black Beer Tour - March 2022

Thursday 10 March 2022 - Tuesday 15 March 2022

This is a our brand new Tour designed to take in the Black Beers of Belgium, old and new. If you like Stouts, Porters and a sneaky Westmalle Dubbel then this is the beer tour for you! Five nights, six days staying in downtown Antwerp City. Read more.

The Toer de Geuze & LambicLand Revisited Tour

Thursday 28 April - Monday 02 May 2022

This is our classic tour exploring the world's most complex beers in the simplest cafes, spending five days and four nights in LambicLand, sampling the worlds rarest beers packed with the flavour of the terroir of the Payottenland, a small area West of Brussels in Belgium. Read more.

Taste of Trappist Tour

Friday 10 June – Tuesday 14 June 2022

This is a new Tour designed to take in a day of the Vleteren Trappiste Festival and we are staying four nights at the Monasterium Hotel in Ghent, a former Monastery. We will visiting locations connected with Trappist beer including those breweries we can visit, brewery taps, bars and restaurants. For all things Trappist read more.

Beer on The Waterfront Tour August 2022

Tuesday 09 August - Sunday 14 August 2022

An excellent summer beer Tour featuring the Belgian coast, rivers, canals and inland waterways and the breweries, beer cafes and restaurants which inhabit them. Staying for five nights, six days at the centrally based at Novotel in Gent, that most beautiful of Flemish cities with an astonishing density of brilliant beer bars. Read more.

Operation Belgian Beer: WW2 & Beer in Antwerp Province Tour

Wednesday 14 September – Monday 19 September 2022

This is a six day Tour looking at beer in Antwerp Province, and the WW2 fight for the bridgeheads in this area in September 1944. We are staying in Geel, perfect for exploring the sights and action connected with the Battle of Geel, 8–23 September 1944 happening at the same time as the more famous Operation Market Garden further north. There will be plenty of brewery visits, excellent beer cafes, as well as following the WW2 action along this part of the Schelde, and focusing on the fate of Avro Lancasters and the Scottish Regiments. Read more.

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Tour archive

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