Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

Podge’s Belgian Beer Books

Podge doesn’t just ‘drive you to drink’: in collaboration with fellow beery travellers, he also writes about where to drink the most interesting beers in the most atmospheric surroundings.

Around Bruges in 80 Beers

Chris Pollard & Siobhan McGinn

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This is our third edition in which we have replaced 25 venues and nearly half of our featured beers. Things have moved on beer-wise in Bruges since the first edition in 2006, and we reflect the trend of good beers making their way into top quality restaurants, and beers from smaller and newer breweries beers appearing in Bruges cafés. We also welcome the city’s newest brewery – Fort Lapin.

There is no end to the places where you can drink dull, factory-made, brand name beers from global producers. We are here to lead you on a different path, towards beers of distinction, some little-known outside Belgium, or even the area where they are brewed. We have again handpicked 80 of the best places in Bruges and paired them with a specific beer from their menu. We feature all manner of places from specialist beer shops to smart restaurants, locals’ bars to elegant taverns and early risers to late night haunts. We even have a boat.

‘It’s a stellar book but not for Stella drinkers. Don’t catch Eurostar without it.’Roger Protz

This remains the essential guide for new or experienced visitors to Bruges, for those who know all about Belgian beer and for those who have not tasted it yet, but would like to give it a try.

To buy copies of this book, please send Podge an email. All prices are inclusive of package and posting. UK prices: £9.99 for single copy; £17.99 for 2 copies. For buying books in bulk, or from outside the UK, please get your books from Books About Beer.

Around Bruges in 80 Beers is also available in Bruges itself at the following fine establishments: Bacchus Cornelius, 17 Academiestraat; Brugs Beertje, 5 Kemelstraat; Brugse Boekhandel, 2 Dijver; De Reyghere Boekhandel, 12 Markt; Café Rose Red, 16 Cordoeaniersstraat.

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Tim Webb, Chris Pollard & Siobhan McGinn

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Second edition, 2010, 128 pages. Completely revised and up to date with new chapters on the history of lambic beers, understanding all the different types of lambic, recent developments and even a new producer. Coat pocket size. Illustrated throughout in full colour. Includes our own map of Payottenland, advice on how to get around and where to stay. By far the most comprehensive book on its subject in the world. English language only this time, with new front cover. Buy it here.

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Around London in 8o Beers

Chris Pollard & Siobhan McGinn

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80 of the world’s best quality beers in 80 of London’s quirkiest and finest beer outlets. None of your familiar, dull, thin beer brands – just good stuff in great surroundings. London invented multi-cultural. It has been cosmopolitan from the beginning of the cosmos, so it follows that Around London in 80 Beers features beers of every style and strength from all over the UK and the rest of the world. The only common theme is that they are all great beers – not simple liquids for simple tastes. Buy it from Books About Beer.

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