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Time to explore Europes Beer

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AlexMenary
10:38 Tue 6/11/2013

Hello All,

I should start by saying that I am Canadian and have never traveled to Europe before so I am brand new to this.

I am going to Brewlab in Sunderland England in March for the 9 week brewing program. In the middle of the 9 weeks, there are two weeks off and I plan to spend at least some of the time traveling around and checking out new local beers. I think I would like to go to Belgium since I am a fan of a lot of the Belgium beers (and who isnít really). Does anyone out there have an opinion about the best way to get from Sunderland to Belgium, and where the best city to go in Belgium would be? Would it be best to rent a car and drive or do you think I should just fly or take the train?

Also what would people recommend as far as cities in England that are good to go to while Iím there? What about specific bars and beer stores that I should go to while I am in England.

Thanks for any input that you guys have.

Alex

 
JoeinDahlem
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beers 1378 º places 305 º 10:50 Tue 6/11/2013

March 2014? Next Good Beer Guide Belgium will be out by then.

Trains to London, Eurostar to Brussels. Because, London.

Or there is a ferry from Newcastle that would get you to Amsterdam, and you could train to Belgium from there. Because, Amsterdam.

 
TAR
beers 2518 º places 30 º 11:02 Tue 6/11/2013

Skip England and explore Franconia and fall in love with kellerbier, instead.

Here is why:
http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-750.htm


 
Theydon_Bois
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beers 12865 º places 853 º 11:24 Tue 6/11/2013

Originally posted by TAR
Skip England and explore Franconia and fall in love with kellerbier, instead.

Here is why:
http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-750.htm





Yeah - skip England the beers shit there

 
Gazza
beers 726 º places 163 º 11:25 Tue 6/11/2013

Originally posted by TAR
Skip England and explore Franconia and fall in love with kellerbier, instead.

Or you could stay in England and have beer thatís not full of diacetyl and/or overattenuated.... (usually)

 
McWorta
beers 999 º places 134 º 11:28 Tue 6/11/2013

Car gets you more freedom and flexibility. Plenty of good places already rated here so maybe if you consider as a a break from your course to visit some places and then look up what beers/breweries/beer places are existing there. England has some nice countryside pubs and grubs too, depends all a bit what you intend to see.

 
Beersiveknown
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beers 4009 º places 123 º 12:17 Tue 6/11/2013

Plenty in the UK, being based in Sunderland you can spend a weekend in Edinburgh fairly easily and get trains to all the good beer cities in north of England. Well worth getting to London too. Flights may work out cheaper than ferry but car handier to get place to place especially if planning on visiting lambic/trappist brewers. Can also visit Netherlands fairly easily. Plenty of stuff to keep you happily beered up

 
AlexMenary
12:19 Tue 6/11/2013

Thanks for the replies. I do plan to spend a lot of time in England obviously, since that is where my school is.

I am planning to go to London at some point also. I have been thinking London on my way to Belgium to go to maybe Brugge. Are there good places to visit in Brugge?

I donít think I will make it over to Germany as it is farther than I would likely want to travel. And to be honest I am more of an English and Belgian beer guy over a German beer guy.

 
konstifik
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beers 573 º places 36 º 12:37 Tue 6/11/2013

So "Time to epxlore Europes beer" really means "Time to explore beers in the UK and Belgium"? ;)

In Belgium you can easily visit places like the Kulminator, DHVL, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Delirium Cafť, Moeder Lambic etc with public transport. No need for a car unless you want to go to places like the trappist breweries.

 
chriso
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beers 7501 º places 467 º 12:49 Tue 6/11/2013

Originally posted by AlexMenary
I am going to Brewlab in Sunderland England in March for the 9 week brewing program. In the middle of the 9 weeks, there are two weeks off and I plan to spend at least some of the time traveling around and checking out new local beers.

I presume the course isnít 7 days a week? If so, youíll have weekends to look at some places in the UK. Most major cities are within easy reach by train for a weekend. Many for a day trip. Be warned though, train tickets can be very cheap if you are prepared to tie yourself to specific train departures AND book well in advance, but very expensive if you pay on the day. Not so bad if itís a day trip as you can buy a cheap day return, often for not much more than an advance ticket. But, if you are leaving on one day and coming back on another youíre going to get stung if you donít book in advance.

 
AlexMenary
12:56 Tue 6/11/2013

Originally posted by konstifik
So "Time to epxlore Europes beer" really means "Time to explore beers in the UK and Belgium"? ;)

In Belgium you can easily visit places like the Kulminator, DHVL, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Delirium Cafť, Moeder Lambic etc with public transport. No need for a car unless you want to go to places like the trappist breweries.


Haha ya to some extent that is what I mean. I donít want to spend a ton of cash getting around Europe, so really I will likely stick to the UK and Belgium.