Thursday, December 30, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
If you are still looking for that hard-to-shop-for-the-person-who-has-everything beer enthusiast, keep in mind beer tours make the perfect stocking stuffer!
Some of you know I have been working on creating two new beer tours, this time of Bamberg, Germany. This branch of BBM! will be known appropriately as Bamberg Beer Me! Beer Tours of Bamberg.
Information, dates and prices for the tours are now posted on a new website. Detailed itineries are in the works and will be posted soon. In the meantime, here are the new tours. Merry Christmas!--Stu
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
When a nice family from California contacts you to design a special Thanksgiving beer tour to Belgium, as the Belgians would say, “Why not!?!”
I’ve just returned from an eight-day tour with the Loefflers of Northern California. We spent three nights in the dreamy city of Ghent, three nights in the romantic medieval city of Bruges and one night in the unshaven city of Brussels.
Highlights included brewery tours at Van Steenberge, Bosteels and Halve Maan, a visit to Gravenstein castle and dinners at the illustrious Belga Queen in Ghent, the sublime Erasmus in Bruges and eccentric Restobiers in Brussels. Another highlight of the tour was a surprise marriage proposal from Dustin to Charlotte...she said, "Yes!"
I have travelled with many fine groups, but I have to say what a fun bunch of nice people in which to beer travel they were. As with any tour, we faced challenges and obstacles (Belgium up to its old tricks) that had to be overcome, but they were all done with flexibility, a smile and great beer. A special thank you to the Loefflers for beer travelling with Belgian Beer Me! Beer Tours. I know it will this tour will provided many fine memories for everyone in years to come.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I went 110 mph on the autobahn and I met Canadian beer writers Josh Oakes and Sunshine Kessler, who are living here for more than two months. I thank them for sharing their beer wisdom and knowledge of Bamberg. We went to hear live music at a brewery in the country last night and we were the youngest people there by about 20 years. It was a great experience and a little window into the world of the locals. I plan to post some pics of this later. Today, we had lunch and beers at Brauerei Sonne.
Then of course there was the beer: Rauchbier and country beers. All pure, fresh and full of character...and much of it fire brewed. Many of these breweries have mountains of the most beautiful hardwood firewood, all harvested from the thick Bavarian forests. They brew mostly lagers here with the exception of some wheat ales. And, they're not afraid to drink them at 9 a.m., when many of the breweries open. I have to admit, I had my eyes opened to how good a lager beer can be. And, how different, subtle and full of character they can be.
More later, but for now I have to get some sleep to be ready for my last full day here. But first, I have to finish the Drei Kronen Rauchbier I'm drinking....mmm...Did I mention I went 110 mph on the autobahn?
Thursday, October 28, 2010
|Stu with Fred Waltman at Fassla Brewery|
Saturday, October 23, 2010
|Part of the group at Orval|
Thursday, October 14, 2010
We also visited the brasseries of La Choulette, Thierez, Dubuisson, DuPont, Blaugies, Fantome and Kerkom Brewery. We spent one night in the scenice Ardennes Mountain town of Durbuy and our final night in Leuven. I'll share more experiences and pics of of this great tour later. Computer time lately has been minimal. Breakfast this morning concluded this grand Farmhouse Ale Tour. This group was fun and interesting. I enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them. Good beer people.
I'm off to Brussels today to meet a new group of beer hunters to begin the Lonely Monks Trappist Tour. I hope you are enjoying following along. Thanks for the comments!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
A) A bunch of brewery workers on break.
B) The cast of Glee.
C) A bunch of exchange students from North Dakota State University touring the AB Inbev brewery in Leuven.
Correct answer, "C."
|Bob, Carole, Simon & Suzanna|
I also met a fun group of international exchange students studying in Leuven. This was an organized event for them to all get to know each other better. Afterwards, a group of them invited me to have dinner with them, which was a great time to meet people from around the globe, get to know them and hear their world views. I met students from Iceland, Netherlands, Serbia, Macedonia and Iran. What great reminder that we are all one planet and one world. And, at the end of the day (or brewery tour), we are all more similar than different. I thank them for their hospitality, window into their lives and wish them much luck in their studies, careers and lives. So what did I learn? Well, just to mention two things, Iceland's currency has devalued by 80% and McDonald's closed all its restaurants there. "Ladies and gentlemen, McDonald's has left the country!"
Friday, October 8, 2010
|Oud (old) Leuven Cafe...literally!|
|"OK guys, only four left..who's with me?"|