Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

Tour 97 / The Waterloo Tour: Brabant’s Breweries, Beer & Battlefields

Thursday 8 August – Tuesday 13 August 2019

This is great new six day Tour combines a bit of military history (Siobhan's speciality) and a lot of Belgian Beer (also Siobhan's speciality). We will be exploring Brabant and its breweries and battlefield the biggest being the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. Our base for five nights is the lovely Pentahotel in down-town Leuven, which you can explore in the evenings armed with Podge's Leuven Bar Guide. For breweries on Tour we are aiming to visit and have included tastings at some of these:

Waterloo Beer.

Brasserie de Waterloo at Waterloo which is a new brewery set up by Matin's (Timmermans) inside the historic Ferme de Mont Saint-Jean which served as the field hospital for British troops during the battle of Waterloo.

Belgoo Sapiens Brewers in Nivelles run by Christophe.

Brouwerij De Kroon in Neerijse founded in 2013 by legendary brew scientist Freddy Delvaux. All three of their beers are superb.

Brouwerij Nieuwhuys in Hoegaarden. Podge Tours visited a few years ago since they opened in 2006, but these beers just keep getting better. especially the dark, liquoric Alpaide at a whopping 10%abv.

For top beer cafes and beer restaurants in Flemish Brabant we hope to visit some or all of the following:

Kroon Brewery Tap, Neerijse.

The gorgeous Café Den Venetiaan in Hoegaarden with 120 beers to choose from.

The watermill Taverne Rufferdinge at Landen, a lovely place with 140 beer card.

In de Molen in Bierbeek, a 150 beer card cafe restaurant with plenty of lambic beer.

Taverne De Biertempel in Diest.

We will, as usual, include a visit to a great beer warehouse for you to buy bottled beers to take home.

Of course we will spend some of the day-time following the course of the battle of Waterloo (1815) and will visit some of the places we were unable to get to on our 2015 centanary tour when we saw the full battle re-enactment. This time we will aim to visit The Lion Mound, Panorama, Napoleon's Headquarters at Ferme du Caillou, Wellington's quarters in Waterloo and of course, the newly renovated Hougoumont farm where the Guards were attacked by Napoleon's troops and of which Wellington reportedly later stated that "the success of the battle turned upon closing the gates at Hougoumont".

Hougoumont Farm, Waterloo Battlefield.

We are based in Chelmsford, Essex and we usually use Eurotunnel at Folkestone to get to and from Belgium. Most of our Travellers join us at our main pick up point outside The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford. Many of our Travellers from other parts of UK (and abroad) 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 meet in the Woolpack the night before departure for a meet, greet and a few beers.

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

Maidstone Services J8, M20 Kent, ME17 1SS.

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

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

De Verloren Gernoare, Stationsplein 3, Adinkerke, Belgium.

The crossings have now been booked for this Tour and we will be on the 09.06hr Eurotunnel from Folkestone and we are on the Eurotunnel on the way back on the 19.50hrs from Calais, so arrive in Folkestone at 20.20hrs.

This Tour is still being built so keep an eye on this web page or our newsletters for updates. If you want to join us on this Tour please send Siobhan an email or call her on +44 (0)1245 354677 for details on how to pay the deposit of £130 per person to secure a place or if you have any questions about this Tour.

Alpaide Beers, Nieuwhuys, Hoegaarden.

Tour Price £895 per person based on sharing in a twin or double room

Single Supplement: £225

If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact us as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payments of Single Supplements.

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 be added to the interested list please email or call on +44 (0)1245 354677.

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