Portland is well known for our bicycle and beer culture, Belgium is the grandaddy of this great tradition and fittingly the Portlanders at BeerCycling.com offer amazing tours of Europe by bike. Now in their 3rd year they are introducing a new “9-day Brussels to Amsterdam Endeavour” tour, a “3-day Belgium Sampler” tour, and a “3-Day Taste of Holland” tour in addition to their already popular “10-day Flanders Adventure”. In total there are six different sets of tour dates currently available, the first of which kicks off on April 14th in Brussels, and continues throughout the summer.
I plan to be making my first trip later this year and it’s hard to imagine a better way to travel from brewery to brewery then by bicycle in this very small bicycle friendly country. Here is some more info just released from the folks behind BeerCycling:
The new “9-day Brussels to Amsterdam Endeavour” tours are perfect for those interested in a balance of Belgium and Dutch countryside, history, fine dining, and of course beer. The route features many scenic, flat paths through both countries, highlighting breweries of different sizes, locally made cheese, a windmill tour, tulip farms, and the Trappist Abbey of Koningshoeven. “The cycling here is relaxed and the beer plentiful”, said Evan Cohan, tour guide with Beercycling. “Both countries have unique beer making styles, and we’re happy to be able to offer a tour that showcases each of them.” An itinerary is currently available at http://beercycling.com/9-day-brussels-to-amsterdam-endeavour.
The “3-Day Belgium Sampler” and “3-Taste of Holland” tours gives riders access to a good overview of each region, but in a condensed window of time, suitable for people on tighter schedules. Both are full of scenic, cycling-friendly trails, rich world war history, hop fields, monasteries, some of the finest breweries, and offer an optional 4th day that can be added on. Itineraries are currently available at http://beercycling.com/3-day-belgium-sampler and http://beercycling.com/3-day-taste-of-holland.
Beercycling.com is an outdoor adventure company that specializes in bicycle tours for craft beer connoisseurs. Each tour provides clients with an insight into the beer making process, access to samples of rare beer from the source, regional history information, and a feeling of accomplishment from a great workout. Trip fees include Dutch speaking leaders, hotel accommodations, bicycle rentals, brewery entrance fees, luggage storage, and daily breakfast and lunches throughout the trip. Beercycling travel agents advise all potential riders that a bicycle is a vehicle that requires alertness and balance. The company does not promote drinking and driving. Cohan stated, “We always practice the quality over quantity principle, and tend to make sure the cycling gets done before the drinking starts, which is better as you really earn your beer each day.”
In addition to leading tours with their knowledgeable guides, Beercycling also offers assistance to those looking to go on a self-guided tour. They also offer custom and private tours on demand for groups.
For more information about Beercycling, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.beercycling.com. You can also follow along with the riders during each tour on Facebook (www.facebook.com/beercycling), Instagram (www.instagram.com/beercycling) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/beercycling).