By popular request! Join us on our first style-specific tour, searching for the best Saisons / Farmhouse / Bier de Gardes on the planet!
This tour takes place in two countries! We’ll enjoy cycling and brewery visits in rural parts of both Belgium and France. Farms, Houses, and Farmhouse Beers!
- Intermediate level tour due to some rolling hills. Ride between 25 and 40 miles each day.
- This is a rural tour. Lots of small villages, traditional family-owned breweries, farms, and quiet cities.
- On this tour we will visit at least 8 breweries, and receive a private tour at many of them! Beer tastings are included in your trip fees!
- 5-nights hotel, bike / bag rentals, breakfast, lunch, snacks, brewery tours + beer samples all included. Vehicle support included for groups at least 8. Everyone pays for their own dinner each evening.
- Make new friends and visit a different brewery every day, as you explore a country at the perfect speed to soak in your surroundings.
This tour features mostly older traditional Farmhouse breweries, with a few more modern buildings thrown in the mix!
Typical breweries we visit on most tour include:
De Blaugies – Your tour guide’s favorite producer of Saison. We’ll receive a private tour of the old brewery + a catered lunch in their cafe (paired with beers!) If we are lucky we can also try their collaboration with Hill Farmstead! The brewery is right near the Belgian side of the border.
Saison Dupont – The quintessential Saison! Even more refreshing from the source. We’ll tour the brewery and see their bottling line.
Brasserie Au Baron – Our favorite French Saison. We’ll enjoy a few of their beers while having lunch at their restaurant, right on the French side of the border.
Brasserie de Brunehaut – Another great brewery on a farm property. They make wonderful organic beers and we’ll get a private tour from the owner.
Brasserie De Ranke – One of our all-time favorites. Excellent Saison and Sours, we are in for a treat!
Brasserie CAMBIER – A young brewery nearby Lille, making great Saison and even IPA’s.
Le Bierodrome – The newest brewery in Tournai with a bicycle theme! They make small batch beers and also host a giant bottle shop where we can collect and try different regional Saisons.
Other breweries change based upon availability and time of year. Places we may also visit on tours include: Brasserie de Cazeau, Brasserie Desevaux, Brasserie L’Abbaye des Rocs, Brasserie St-Feuillien, Brasserie de Silly, Brasserie des Légendes, La Brasserie à Vapeur, Brasserie des Carrières, Brasserie du Pavé, Alvinne, Brewery Omer Vander Ghinste, Brasserie Dubuisson, Brasserie Jenlain
Itinerary / Stats
Locations and distances vary from tour to tour, but generally fall between these guidelines:
Day 1 – Meeting today in Mons at 10 AM. Drop luggage at hotel, get bicycles setup. We’ll be taking a warm up ride to Brasserie Blaugies for a tour + lunch. Tonight back in Mons we can explore town together and have dinner at a fun beer-themed restaurant.
Day 2 – Prepare for some amazing bike trails, farm roads, and quiet fields. We’ll tour two breweries today, including lunch at the legendary Brasserie Au Baron in France. Home tonight is in Peruwelz back in Belgium at a great hotel (with Air Conditioning!)
Day 3 – Two more breweries await us today including the one everyone is the most excited about: Brasserie Dupont! We’ll end in Tournai which is home to the best bottle shop of the tour, Le Bierodrome.
Day 4 – Another brewery awaits today as we cross the border into France to Lille. This will be the largest town of the trip, and hosts many great beer bars we can explore.
Days 5 – Today we head north back into Belgium, visiting two breweries on our way to Kortrijk. Kortrijk is also the starting city for our “Taster” tour, and we are big fans of the local beer bar, “Gainsbar”
Day 6 – There are lots of breweries nearby so today will feature one last brewery tour + lunch, the tour officially ending back in Kortrijk near the train station around 3 PM. Plenty of time for those that need to return to the airport for a flight, or to Brussels to catch the high speed train to another destination.
Markers show start/end + overnight hotel and B&B locations…