Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

The Belgian Black Beer Tour

Provisionally March 2021

This Tour was scheduled Thursday 21 May 2020 – Tuesday 26 May 2020 but has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are currently working on rescheduling it for March 2021. The Tour was booked out at its full complement before its postponement, but if you would like to be added to the interested list for this Tour send Siobhan an email or call her on +44 (0)1245 354677.

This brand new Tour is a must for black beer-lovers. It is a six-day tour staying for five nights in the ancient city of Mechelen in the Province of Antwerp. Our base is the centrally located Novotel Mechelen, on the river Dijl, over the bridge to the lovely and Vismarkt and all its bars and restaurants.

Struise Brouwers Black Damnation - Always in demand on Podge Tours

Struise Brouwers Black Damnation - Always in demand on Podge Tours.

We will be visiting Struise Brouwers at The School House brewery in Oostvleteren to have a Tour, a beer tasting, a look at the barrel store (now 300 barrels-strong) and a crack at their 30 beers on tap. We'll pay a visit to Kaffee Bazaar in Ypres, who have their own dedicated black beer menu and we'll pop in to Sint Sixtus at Westvleteren to sample the big dark beers on offer there. We are going to have a special tasting in Damme of dark beer from Siphon Brewery, especially their luscious Cassandra. We'll fit in some other great dark beer brewers such as Dilewyns (Vicaris Generaal), St Bernardus (Abt) and others which Siobhan is currently working on.

We are based in Chelmsford, Essex and we usually use Eurotunnel at Folkestone to get to and from Belgium by coach. Most of our Travellers join us at our main pick up point outside The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford. Many of our Travellers come from other parts of UK and abroad and stay the night before a Tour (and often the night of our return) at Chelmsford Travelodge only a few minutes walk from The Woolpack or Premier Inn near the Station, about a 10 minute walk to the pick up point at The Woolpack. We all usually pop in to The Woolpack the night before departure for a meet, greet and a few beers with Siobhan who is your Tour Manager, Tour Guide and drinking pal for the duration.

Our Galloways luxury coach (49 seater coach with toilet) starts from Suffolk and on the way to Chelmsford picks up at the following if required:

Ipswich, Crown Street, IP1 3HS (opp. NCP Car Park).

Colchester, Southway, CO2 7BA (pull in adj to Chapel St South)

Chelmsford, The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, CM2 0DN.

Dartford, BP Garage (formerly Esso), 474 Princes Road, DA1 1YT (we drop off on the return leg at Dartford Rail Station DA1 1DR).

Swanley, Unit 4, Moreton Industrial Estate, London Road, BR8 8DE

Premier Inn, Eureka Leisure Park, Rutherford Rd, Ashford TN25 4BN.

Stop 24 Services, J11, M20, Kent, CT21 4BL.

Stationsplein, Adinkerke, Belgium.

The crossings we usually go for are the 09.20hr Eurotunnel from Folkestone and the 19.50hrs from Calais, so arrive in Folkestone at 19.30hrs.

St Bernardus Abt Beer - A Black Beauty

St Bernardus Abt Beer - A Black Beauty.

The final itinerary will be posted here at least four weeks prior to departure. This Tour has attracted a lot of interest and will sell out, so if you want to join us please send Siobhan an email or call her on +44 (0)1245 354677 for details on how to secure a place and pay the £120pp deposit or if you have any questions about this Tour. Rochefort Beer at the Abbey on a Podge Tour

Rochefort Beer at the Abbey on a Podge Tour.

Podge Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged Beer

Podge Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged Beer

On this special 100th tour Siobhan will be bringing along a giant bottle of Brouwerij Alvinne's Podge Oak Aged Stout on Bourgogne Barrels. We'll open this on tour and have a little tasting!

Tour Price is £899 per person sharing a twin or double room

Single Supplement: £225

We regret that we need to charge a single supplement for travellers who would like their own room. This is because increasingly there is no such thing as a single room price in hotels and room prices for a single person or two person occupancy are either the same or with very little difference. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Siobhan as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payment of the Single Supplement.

Included in the cost of this Tour are:

Hotel accommodation and breakfasts;

Hotel city taxes;

Luxury coach travel on a 49 seater coach with toilet;

All brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings;

Entrance fees to attractions, museums and historical sites;

All items marked with an asterisk above and on the individual detailed tour itinerary when issued;

Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guides and Maps for the town where we stay or spend some time;

Still and sparkling water on the coach;

Pick up from Ipswich (at bus shelter outside Crown House, Crown Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3HS (opposite NCP Car Park), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road). Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel.

Travellers are responsible for the costs of all food and drink apart from items marked with an asterisk on the detailed itinerary plus all passport and insurance costs.

All itinerary times are local and approximate.

Personal insurance is not included in the Tour price but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Office.

If you have any questions or would like to join us please send Siobhan an email or call on +44 (0)1245 354677.

All Tours are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

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