2013 it is finally IRELAND!
September 5 - 15 AND August 29 - September 7
Originally planned for 2008, it is long overdue to visit the Emerald Isle to enjoy a trip more devoted to Pub Culture then actual brewing. Oh don't worry, we will see some real breweries but the draw of Ireland is not variety of beer nor exotic beer styles. The Irish didn't spend their artistry on beer but on the social exchange called the Pub. The big news is that our beer trip over sold out just through a Facebook posting. The bigger news is that Beertrips.com is creating a 2nd trip that will start in August and the two groups will overlap in Dublin for three days of Craft Beer Festival, Guinness, and general beer related adventures. Unfortunately or fortunately depending upon your viewpoint, Dan & Deb will not be able to host the earlier trip prior to arrival in Dublin. The good news is the owner of Beertrips.com, Mike will personally guide your to great pubs, soulful music, and historical sites.
The history, people and landscapes of Ireland, are rich and varied. And slowly, but surely, its deeply rooted pub and music culture is making a little room at the bar for good, local, craft beer. Join us for a thorough investigation of this beer trend. With stays in vibrant Galway, soulful scenic Doolin, medieval Kilkenny, and bustling Dublin, this trip offers a great variety of land and seascapes, archaeology, pub culture, architecture, folklore, history, and friendly Irish people, not to mention a good sampling of craft brews. Great hotels in excellent locations serve as comfortable bases, and travel by private coach offers opportunities for sampling local flavors along the way! We'll explore the Connemara, the Burren, the Aran Island, the Cliffs of Moher, the streets of Kilkenny, drink with the locals at more than a few hand selected pubs, and have lots of time to explore. And then there's the final three night is bustling Dublin. Punt a Guinness,
Price and Detailed Itinerary will be posted as soon as we nail down all the details of this double trip. If you want to go, register now at http://beertrips.com/regform.php
and choose Ireland and note in the comments section that you a VPBC referral. This registration will secure your place in the roster. You do NOT have to pay the deposit fee until the Trip Itinerary and final Price is posted. You would be contacted at that point to secure your roster spot(s).
Watch our 2013 Ireland Beer Trip Facebook
page for updates.
September 2014 - The ABCD's of Beer: Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne & Dusseldorf
Join us on a classic odyssey of beer styles and European languages and cultures.
We'll travel from Amsterdam, through Belgium, via Brussels, to Germany -- exploring and enjoying several distinct styles of beer and the great cities where they grew up. Dutch Lagers and a number of emerging microbrews, Lambic and the cornucopia of Belgian selections in Brussels, Kolsch in Cologne and Alt in Dusseldorf. The cities each offer centuries of history, great architecture, and vibrant culture... and really great places to drink and brew beer. Stay in fine, well located hotels in each city. Enjoy locally guided city tours, special brewing opportunities, and great beer meals. Travel by convenient public transportation, private beer bus and excellent international rail. Beer and rail and great cities -- a very good mix. Add special home brewer events, focused tastings, style seminars and a bit of brewing and you have a great trip made better with BEER!