This year we are going back to Belgium, based in Brussels.
Friday 16 October at 14:30 – Cantillon, in the city centre, walking distance from Midi Station. The visit will include “a good tasting” and also a visit to the newly acquired old brewery building just round the corner which is being used for the storing of the 1, 2 and 3 year old lambic beer in large barrels.
Saturday 17 October at 11:00 – Brasserie de la Senne. This brewery has been operational since 2010 and is owned and run by two very keen young brewers. They produce some fantastic beers. The brewery is in Molembeek, just a few tram stops from Midi station on the 82 tram.
The cost of these two visits is £13. Please contact Jannette to add your name onto the list and to whom you should send your cheque for £13 made payable to CAMRA Investment Club.
In addition to the 2 brewery visits there will be the usual trip by local bus to Eizeringen to sample local gueuze and other beers at In de Verzekering tegen de grote Dorst – “ The Insurance Against the Big Thirst” which is only open on Sundays from 10:30 for 3 hours.
On Monday 19 October there is an “add on” visit to The Belgoo Brewery in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, on the outskirts of Brussels, at noon. This is a new brewery passionately run by brewery engineer turned brewer Jo Van Aert. He built the brewery himself !! Neil Kellett has visited this brewery and tasted his fantastic beers. Sint-Pietres-Leeuw is reached by De Lijn 170 bus from Brussels Midi station. If you wish to partake in this visit please add £4 to the £13 for the other visits – so … £17 for all three visits or an add on of £4 of you have already paid the £13.
During the weekend there is a meeting of EBCU members and it is planned to arrange a get together with them during the time we are in Brussels.
As usual it will be up to each person to arrange their own transport and hotels – the most central place for these trips and Eurostar arrivals is The Ibis, Gare du Midi Hotel, but there are, of course, lots of hotels of varying price and comfort in central Brussels. As per usual a central meeting place will be arranged – a pub of course!
Maximum number for this weekend is 45 – so that leaves 44 places after me!
More details on all of the above will be forthcoming to participants nearer to the date.
Neil Kellett – your International Organiser.