By popular request! Join us on this style-specific cycle tour, sampling the best Saisons, farmhouse beers, and Bier de Gardes!
Belgian and French farmland and farmhouses provide the scenery as we explore the breweries producing the best farmhouse beers on the planet!
- Intermediate level tour due to stretches of rolling hills. Cycle between 25 and 40 miles each day.
- This is a rural tour, with many small villages, traditional family-owned breweries, farms, and smaller cities.
- We’ll visit at least 8 breweries, with a private tour at most of them! Beer tastings are included in your trip fees!
- 5-nights hotel, bike / bag rentals, breakfast, lunch, snacks, brewery tours, and beer samples all included. Vehicle support provided for groups of at least 8. Optional group dinners are organized each evening, with everyone paying for their own meals and drinks.
- Make new friends and visit a different brewery every day as you discover two countries at a speed allowing you to absorb your surroundings.
This tour features mostly older, traditional farmhouse breweries, with a few more modern facilities thrown into the mix!
Breweries that we visit on most tours include:
De Blaugies – Producer of your tour guide’s favorite Saison, this Belgian brewery is located close to the French border. We’ll receive a private tour of the old brewery followed by a catered lunch in the cafe (paired with beers!) If we are lucky, we’ll be able to try the product of De Blaugies’ collaboration with Hill Farmstead!
Saison Dupont – The quintessential Saison! Even more refreshing when sampled from the source. We’ll tour the brewery and see its bottling line.
Brasserie Au Baron – Our favorite French Saison. We’ll enjoy a few of the brewery’s beers while having lunch at its restaurant, just on the French side of the border.
Brasserie de Brunehaut – Also located on a farm property, this brewery makes wonderful organic beers. Our guide for the private tour will be the owner himself.
Brasserie De Ranke – Maker of an excellent Saison and Sours, we are in for a treat!
Brasserie CAMBIER – A new brewery near Lille that makes not only a great Saison but also several IPAs.
Le Bierodrome – The newest brewery in Tournai… and bicycle-themed! They make small-batch beers and host a large bottle shop where you’ll be able to try a large variety of regional Saisons.
Stops at other breweries change based upon availability and time of year. Breweries we have visited on previous 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 are generally as follows:
Day 1 – We’ll meet at 10 AM in Mons, Belgium, just over an hour from Brussels by train. After dropping our luggage at the hotel, we’ll get the bicycles set up and then take a warm up ride to Brasserie Blaugies for a tour and lunch. Back in Mons, we’ll explore the town together before having dinner at a beer-themed restaurant.
Day 2 – Gorgeous bike trails and farm roads lie ahead. We’ll tour two breweries, including nearly everyone’s favorite: Brasserie Dupont! We’ll spend the night at at a lovely hotel in Peruwelz, Belgium.
Day 3 – We’ll start with a morning ride to Brasserie Deseveaux, where owner Sébastien has arranged a private tour for our group. Next we’ll dip across the French border to tour the legendary Brasserie au Baron, where we’ll have lunch. Home tonight is in Valenciennes, France. Our accomodation is a unique rustic inn which was converted from a16th-century post office.
Day 4 – Two more farmhouse breweries today en route to historic Tournai, Belgium, also home to the best bottle shop of the tour, Le Bierodrome.
Day 5 – Two more again today as we again cross the border into France, cycling to Lille. This is the largest town of the trip, with no shortage of great beer bars to explore.
Day 6 –Our last day, but we’ll sneak in one last brewery tour and then gather for lunch. The tour officially ends in Kortrijk, around 3 PM. We’ll guide you to the train station in plenty of time for you to catch either the return train to the airport for a flight out of Belgium, or the high speed train to Brussels and from there to other adventure-filled destinations.
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