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Dave how long will you go for?

Posted by DrBill on 07/03/2003 05:50:29 PM

Dave for what it's worth, here is my two cents. If you have never gone before and you are going alone I reccomend a combination of both. I went last Sept. for 15 days. 7 days with a hired van/driver/tour guide (who I would be more than happy to hook you up with,) He runs a couple of beer shops and does taylored beer tours. The six of us we're all experienced Belgianphiles with brewery connections so he basically took us to all the places we wanted to go, but did the leg work as far as setting up hotels and what not. The second eight days were with the Global Beer tour, (I was originally against this) but it was actually quite enjoyable and our original driver was the tour guide for Johnny and Claudines tour.

We actually hit 27 Breweries (Chimay, De Dolle, Westy, Cantillon, Hanssens, Anchor, Ellezelle, Moortgart, Van Eecke, DuBuisson, etc. Had eight wonderful beer dinners with the tour itself including Erasmus, Beguine des Beguines, Rare Vos, HelleKappella, plus the Hommelhof, etc.. We had long sessions at the Bruge Bear three different nights, Bier Circus twice, the Kulminator twice, and the T'Kroegsken.

I also stopped at at least a dozen beer stores and distributors, shipping and carrying back over almost 16 cases of beer and 60 glasses. The first half gave us the freedom to go where we wanted the second half although structured simply meant that we used our free time to go to the places in the areas we were in. I was in the '02 tour if you go to Global beer and look it up Dave I'm in a few of their pictures I'm on the left of Filip Leroy in Watou (that way you'll recognize me at the fests, lol).

As far as winter beers I always found that if that years winter beers weren't out yet (usually Nov.) the brewers with a little cajoling always were able to find some vintage ones (yummy)! cheers doc

Novice travelling to Belgium.... - DaveR, 07/03/03 11:19:23 AM
        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - bill6beers, 07/04/03 01:58:55 PM
        My $0.02 - John Sturm, 07/03/03 11:59:45 PM
        What I like to do whilst in Belgium - ToddA, 07/03/03 09:56:10 PM
                ToddA....Tim Webb's Guide - DaveR, 07/04/03 09:30:03 AM
                        another very good guide is... - John Sturm, 07/05/03 10:52:39 AM
                        Don't leave home without it!!! - ToddA, 07/04/03 04:47:26 PM
                        "YES" on all questions. nfm - Joris P., 07/04/03 10:23:51 AM
        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Rich Link, 07/03/03 07:28:19 PM
                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Jeremy Gray, 07/04/03 02:25:42 PM
                        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - John Sturm, 07/05/03 10:55:37 AM
                                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... oops.. what I meant to say is.. - John Sturm, 07/05/03 11:05:17 AM
                        Yes, the cities are worth it - Dick, 07/04/03 04:04:16 PM
                                Belgium - The land of many choices - Rich Link, 07/05/03 11:16:41 AM
                                        Hotel Welcome - Dick, 07/05/03 05:44:37 PM
                                                Glenn's recommendation is: - Jeremy Gray, 07/05/03 06:00:18 PM
                                        Brussels - the city of good hotel deals at weekends: - Jeremy Gray, 07/05/03 01:34:21 PM
                        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Rich Link, 07/04/03 03:48:28 PM
                                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - podge, 07/04/03 05:11:48 PM
                                        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Rich Link, 07/05/03 11:09:23 AM
                                                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Tim, 01/06/05 09:26:12 PM
                                bru$$el$ - JG_Eric, 07/04/03 03:55:32 PM
        Dave how long will you go for? - DrBill, 07/03/03 05:50:29 PM
                Re: Dave how long will you go for? - DaveR, 07/03/03 06:59:35 PM
                        Re: Dave how long will you go for? - Cornelia, 07/03/03 08:14:17 PM
                                Re: Dave how long will you go for? - Joris P., 07/04/03 01:59:19 AM
        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - JG_Eric, 07/03/03 01:23:29 PM
                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - DaveR, 07/03/03 07:15:51 PM
                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Theresa Zlonkiewicz, 07/03/03 06:07:32 PM
                        jargon - JG_Eric, 07/04/03 03:48:17 PM
                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Jeremy Gray, 07/03/03 05:51:22 PM
                        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Mark A, 07/03/03 06:24:57 PM
                                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Jeremy Gray, 07/04/03 04:42:31 AM
        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Jeremy Gray, 07/03/03 12:05:38 PM
                Thanks...And more questions - DaveR, 07/03/03 01:18:36 PM
                        Re: Thanks...And more questions - Jeremy Gray, 07/04/03 02:21:03 PM
                        Re: Thanks...And more questions - VENOM, 07/03/03 01:27:07 PM
                                Somewhat likely. nfm - DaveR, 07/03/03 02:39:19 PM
                Not ALL seasons that great - Dick, 07/03/03 12:50:23 PM
                        Re: Not ALL seasons that great - MikeK, 07/03/03 01:09:15 PM
                                Re: Not ALL seasons that great - yes, also consider this: - Jeremy Gray, 07/03/03 05:46:18 PM
                                        Re: Not ALL seasons that great - yes, also consider this: - Joris P., 07/04/03 02:02:31 AM
                                                Re: Not ALL seasons that great - yes, also consider this: - Jeremy Gray, 07/04/03 03:24:22 AM
                                        OK... - Dick, 07/03/03 07:01:44 PM
                                                Re: OK... - Jeremy Gray, 07/04/03 03:49:56 AM
                                                        I finally get it - Dick, 07/04/03 01:10:13 PM
                                                In the end... - DaveR, 07/03/03 10:16:55 PM
        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Mark A, 07/03/03 11:52:02 AM
                Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - MikeK, 07/03/03 01:18:32 PM
        Re: Novice travelling to Belgium.... - Marcus M, 07/03/03 11:25:50 AM

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