WDT European Tour 2012
- it's an International Affair!
What we'll be up to:
SEPT 24-25: OKTOBERFEST (MUNICH)
The Advance Guard are flying directly from the USA to Munich to enjoy a couple of days at the Oktoberfest including a visit to Schneider Weisse Brauhaus to sample the hefeweizens
SEPT 26: KOELSCH (COLOGNE) ALTBIER AT THE SOURCE (DUSSELDORF)
The English group heading from London, via lunch in Brussels, will rendezvous with the US and German contingents in Cologne to sample some Koelsch at Fruh am Dom perhaps before heading to Dusseldorf, home of the great, but almost forgotten, German style of ale ... Altbier (at Schlüssel and Uerige perhaps)
SEPT 27-29: WINDMILLS AND BEERFEST (AMSTERDAM)
A mass convergence will see the original groups joined by parties from Wales, Norway and the Netherlands for three days and nights in Amsterdam
We'll be enjoying an afternoon at Brouwerij t'IJ, where you never know what will happen (that's another story, yet to be published..)and visiting some of the city's brilliant bars including In De Wildeman and Cafe Belgique
On Friday or Saturday there will be an afternoon excursion to Borefts Beer Festival taking place in Bodegraven. Taking place on the premises of Brouwerij Molen, this has to be the premier festival for the new wave of European breweries. Molen and Emelisse from Holland. Thornbridge and the Kernel from the UK. Haand from Norway. Evil Twin and Mikkeller from Denmark. Ducato from Italy. De Struisse (Oerbier) from Belgium. There are others as well. Those are just some serious highlights. From past year reports, this has been an excellent, not overcrowded festival
SEPT 30: THE GOLD STANDARD (WESTMALLE) AND ANTWERP
When in the neighbourhood it would be impolite not to go a pay homage at the source of our favourite reference beer: Westmalle Tripel. And we will. Several times. Maybe more
In the evening, if there is any left, we will head to Antwerp to explore its hostelries although sadly the Kulminator is closed on Sundays :-(
OCT 1: DUVEL MOORTGAT AND BRUSSELS!
On Monday we depart Antwerp for a visit to Duvel Moortgat, and no doubt imbibe a Duvel or Maredsous 10 or two...
After, we will head to Brussels for a final night visiting old haunts - the Ibis Bar, Delirium, Mort Subite, the Black Door perhaps, with some essential recharging of our batteries at the Pita Greek - and maybe somewhere new? But so many bars...so little time!
To follow our progress: