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Beer Trips for 2014...

At Beer Trips, we create the ultimate scenarios for beer lovers!

By introducing you to the history, people, brewing methods, and beer culture of the places we visit. Drink your favorite beers at the breweries. Get behind the scenes and experience the world's great beers at a local level. Discover and indulge in cuisine a la biere... and visit some of the world's great cities. See the wide range of BeerTrips on offer, and see the world!!

A Vacation that Enriches Your Life...

...well that is what Pam Grout and National Geographic Publications say, listing our Prague, Munich, Bamberg in their list of enriching vacations as a learning retreat!! Click here to read the story...

Below on this page is a complete list of BeerTrips Beer Tours for 2014!

All prices are Land Only, based on double occupancy.
The second number is the supplement for a single room.

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Germany: Cologne, Bamberg & Fruhlingsfest in Munich

April 17 - 27, 2014
9 nights - $2895, $535

Experience the whole range of German beers and ride fast trains from Cologne to Munich on this exploration of Reinheitsgebot-land. Start with 3 nights in Cologne, spend 3 more in Bamberg and end the trip with 3 nights in Munich during Fruehlingsfest. Daytrips to Dusseldorf, the Franconian countryside, and a bit Southern Bavaria take us to the homes of Kolsch, Alt, Vollbier, Ungespundet, Hefeweizen, Dopplebock, Marzen and more. Discover the rich history of each city with locally guided walking tours, enjoy time on your own, and experience music and fun in a big beer tent! Click for details.

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Belgium! Zythos, Lambic, Cheese & Chocolate

April 17 - April 27, 2014
9 nights - $2895, $585

On this trip we'll dive deep into the heart of Belgian brewing and the Senne River Valley - the home of Lambic, as well as other excellent brave, new brewers. We will also make special trips to seek out cheese and chocolate to pair with the huge variety of Belgian beers. Meet blenders, brewers, and see working brewing museums where controlled as well as spontaneous fermentation and just the right conditions create the unique variety that is Belgian Beer. The trip starts in Brussels on the eve of the incomparable Zythos Beer Festival and ends in Gent, with excursions to lesser known breweries, boldly making spectacular beers. Did we mention the chocolate? The cheese? zythos? Beer, Cheese and Chocolate... yum! Click for details.

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Farmhouse Ales of Belgium and France

May 22 - June 1, 2014
9 nights - $2995, $595

Northern France and southern Belgium share a meandering, often invisible border that traverses one of the worthiest beer regions on earth. Biere de Garde, Trappists, and Saison producers are all well represented in this compact area. We begin and end in Brussels -- with stays in beer frriendly small cities. Small breweries with eager brewmasters, traditional Flemish estaminets with great local food and beers, and a selection of worthy cultural sites await. Click for details.

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Quebec: Beer, Jazz & Summer Fest

July 4 - 11, 2014
7 nights - $2295, $415

Discover a bit of European culture and Belgian beer this summer in Quebec. Spend 3 nights in cosmopolitan Montreal with its many brew pubs and beer bars, 1 night in the country, and 3 more in Quebec City. Cities in the throes of famous festivals, culinary specialties, a great variety of brewers large and small -- along with a bit of seccessionist thinking -- and rich cultural history will be the focus of the week long summer beer-cation. Fine hotels smackdab in the middle of it all, brewery visits, many fine meals, and travel by private coach are among the many features of our BeerTrip to Quebec. Click for details.

Beer Rafting on the Salmon River

August 9 - 16, 2014
7 nights** - $1395

(**5 nights/6 days on the river, lodging in Missoula before and after the trip is not included)

Spend a week on the beautiful Salmon river and enjoy a floating beer tasting seminar. Specially selected beers are served with great meals to match each night. The Salmon River flows through spectacular scenery and offers exciting whitewater, sandy beaches, bug-free camping, hot springs, colorful history and an all-around great way to explore this part of the west. Our friends at Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures will outfit and guide us on the river. Add great beer from Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Britain and the Great Northwest to great riverside meals, and you'll be hard pressed to spend a better week. **Listed dates include travel days. Click for details.

The Czech Republic: Independent Breweries and World Heritage Sites

September 4 - 14, 2014
9 nights - $2795, $485

Small Czech breweries which once numbered in the hundreds, are now an endangered species -- often succumbing to the wills of bigger players like SAB/Miller and In-Bev. On this trip we will wander the Czech Republic in search of those fine producers still hanging on to traditional methods and ownership. Begin and end in spectacular, vibrant Prague and in between discover castles, smaller Czech towns, resolute brewmasters and great beer. Click for details.

The ABCD's (or ACDB's) of Beer

September 11 - 21, 2014
9 nights - $2995, $595

Start in lively Amsterdam for some better-than-you-would-expect beer locales. Travel via rail to little known Nijmegen to see an innovative brewpub and then on to well known Cologne, Germany for a look at life among the Kolners. After a thorough investigation of German "small serving" ales, we head to Brussels, Belgium. Belgium is beer heaven and you will soon know why, as we look up some old friends for some special visits! Along the way, explore and enjoy several distinct languages and styles of beer and the great cities where they grew up. The cities each offer centuries of history, great architecture, and vibrant culture... and really great places to drink beer. Stay in fine, well located hotels in each city.  Enjoy locally guided city tours, brewery visits, and great beer meals. Travel by convenient public transportation, private beer bus and excellent international rail. Click for details.

Prague, Oktoberfest in Munich, & Bamberg

September 17 - 27, 2014
9 nights - $2895, $635

Join us for our 11th, and best yet, Prague, Munich, and Bamberg trip. From impressive Prague, through festive Munich, to medieval Bamberg, we will explore favorite breweries (large and small) and great bars that serve a seemingly endless variety of beer. Fine, centrally located hotels, private coach and public transportation, great beer, and OKTOBERFEST make this a trip to remember. Click for details.

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Prague, Oktoberfest in Munich, & Bamberg II

September 24 - October 4, 2014
9 nights - $2895, $635

Join us for our 11th, and best yet, Prague, Munich, and Bamberg trip. From impressive Prague, through festive Munich, to medieval Bamberg, we will explore favorite breweries (large and small) and great bars that serve a seemingly endless variety of beer. Fine, centrally located hotels, private coach and public transportation, great beer, and OKTOBERFEST make this a trip to remember. Click for details.

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The Great Beers of Belgium

October 2 - 12, 2014
9 nights - $2895, $ 585

Our classic, quintessential, best-of-beer-heaven trip takes in as many classic Belgian styles and producers as we can fit into 10 days. From Lambic to Trappists, Saisons to Flemmish Browns, discover the endless variety as we travel in style on our Beer Bus throughout Belgium. Stay in fine, centrally located hotels and travel via private motor coach and rail to some of the best beer destinations in Belgium. Behind the scenes visits, ample doses of art, architecture and history, and plenty of beer tasting make this a beer lover's dream trip. Beautiful in their own right, Brussels, Brugge and Antwerp are simply more fun when you dive into their beer culture.
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Countryside Beers of Franconia & Bavaria

October 9 - 19, 2014
9 nights - $2995, $635

Be in Bamberg when they unbung the bock and discover a bounty of Bavarian Breweries aboard the BeerTrips Beer Bus. Arrive in Munich and immediately head south for visits to brewery guest houses, castles and alpine scenery. Stay in historic cities and discover the heart of Bavarian cooking and brewing. We'll end up in Bamberg for the annual bock tapping and some very nice beer friends to show us around. Complete details are here.

Beer & Cuisine of Northern ITALY!

October 15 - 25, 2014
9 nights - $2995, $635

Italy is a wine country... right? Over the last 15 or so years -- especially the last 5 -- Italy has become a beer country, too. Creative brewers embracing local and regional culinary traditions have sprung forth to offer Italian interpretations of the world's great beer styles. Join us as we seek out the best of the best in the 3 northern provinces of Italy: Liguria, Piemonte, and Lombardia. We start in spectacular Cinque Terre, and continue throuogh Genova, Vernante, Torino, and Milan as we enjoy fine hotels, great beer and excellent Italian cuisine. Locally guided walks, daily breakfasts, travel by rail and private coach and wonderful brewery hospitality awaits. Discover a side of Italy few have seen as we meet friendly brewers and have special tours. We will also visit a variety of other culinary producers, and a winery or two. Come to Italy on a BeerTrip! Click for details.

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The Great Beers of Belgium II

October 16 - 26, 2014
9 nights - $2895, $ 585

A second edition, of our quintessential, best-of-beer-heaven trip takes in as many classic Belgian styles and producers as we can fit into 10 days. From Lambic to Trappists, Saisons to Flemmish Browns, discover the endless variety as we travel in style on our Beer Bus throughout Belgium. Stay in fine, centrally located hotels and travel via private motor coach and rail to some of the best beer destinations in Belgium. Behind the scenes visits, ample doses of art, architecture and history, and plenty of beer tasting make this a beer lover's dream trip. Beautiful in their own right, Brussels, Brugge and Antwerp are simply more fun when you dive into their beer culture.
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Breweries & Distilleries of Scotland

November 5 - 16, 2014
$3495, $635

Discover the soul of Scotland on this spring adventure to the Scottish hinterlands -- in search of real ale and the world's finest malt whiskies. Explore two Islands, the Highlands, Speyside and a bit of gritty Glasgow. Each area features quintessential Scottish landscapes, local color, rich history, and fine breweries and distilleries. Fine local hotels, Scottish hospitality, rich history and excellent examples of malted barley await. Click for details.

Barcelona! Beer, Tapas, & History in Catalonia

December 4 - 14, 2014 -- 9 nights
$2995, Single Rooms add $635

Catalonian culture is just plain cool. From its varied and rich topography, to its extremely rich history (pre-dating the Romans) to the vibrant vibes, incredible architecture and typical tapas bars in Barcelona, Catalonia offers itself unselfishly as a world-class destination. Add a burgeoning craft brewing scene to the mix and you have a Great Trip... Made Better with Beer! We will meet a full range of passion-filled brewers: barrel agers, homebrew suppliers gone brew-crazy, innovative brewpub founders, bar owners, and gypsy brewers. We'll cross Catalonia, with stays in bustling Barcelona. Roman Tarragona, a Pardore in Cardona, and unspoiled Girona (but not Winnemucca). Explore the works of Dali and Gaudi, eat like kings, see Flamenco and enjoy the many scenes of Catalonia. We did our research trip in November, and our findings were excellent! Complete details are coming in January.

Other Trips - Past & Future

 

The Ciders, Ales, and History of Normandy

New for 2013! Discover the beauty and history of Normandy during the region's annual apple harvest. Explore family farms, historic villages, and infamous Normandy beaches, along with Calvados makers and Cider producers from the area famous for fermenting apples. We will also visit a couple of breweries, Honfleur, and Mont St, Michel for good measure. Stay in small hotels, travel by private coach and experience the good life in Normandy! Complete details are coming in January.

The Beery Soul of Ireland:
Country Pubs & Craft Beer Dublin to Galway

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 bustling Dublin, medieval Kilkenny, soulful scenic Doolin, and vibrant Galway, 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! Click for details.

Real England & The Great British Beer Festival

Start in York, after an easy rail trip from London, where we'll explore classic pubs and meet many locals in this walled city. Next we head further north to Masham and the Yorkshire Dales, for a couple breweries and scenery, before making our way south towards the GBBF. Along the way we'll stop in Burton-upon-Trent and the Cotswolds to see breweries large and small and take in a few great pubs, spectacular countryside, rich history, castles, churches and some special beer meals. And all this before we even hit London for the Great British Beer Festival. The complete itinerary is here.

Countryside Beers of Franconia & Bavaria

Be in Bamberg when they unbung the bock and discover a bounty of Bavarian Breweries aboard the BeerTrips Beer Bus. Arrive in Munich and immediately head south for visits to brewery guest houses, castles and alpine scenery. Stay in historic cities and discover the heart of Bavarian cooking and brewing. We'll end up in Bamberg for the annual bock tapping and some very nice beer friends to show us around. Complete details are here.

The Big Oregon Beer Adventure

Oregon is a GREAT beer state, featuring one of the most developed beer cultures anywhere. Throw in some progressive politics, spectacular mountains, gorges and coastlines, famous rivers, friendly people, Portland and its organic beer festival... and you get a Big Oregon Beer Adventure. See a lot of this big state and its dozens of breweries as we travel by private coach from Hood River, to Bend, to Eugene, to Newport and finally to Portland. There are many cool brewers to meet and time to recreate - hike, fish, bike, raft etc. Hotels with excellent locations for beer, breakfast daily, many meals, tons of beer, Oregon, beer festivals and summer... hmmm. Complete itinerary coming very soon.

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Life on a BeerTrip...

About Life on a Beer Trip:

Most trips begin at the hotel in the city where the trip begins, assistance and advice on getting there is provided. (Meeting a group in the airport is just no fun).

We stay in nice hotels in great locations.

Breakfast is included daily.

3 or 4 Lunches and 3 or 4 Dinners WITH BEER are also included... usually in brewery taps or beer cuisine restaurants.

A couple days we get up early to go somewhere worthwhile...

We hire a private coach or ride fast trains to travel between cities -- often we are a traveling tasting room, sampling local flavors of all sorts.

There's a lot of beer available... several brewery visits and special tastings, as well as beer meals and "pub crawls" -- at your discretion of course.

Most trips include guided walking tours of each city we visit.

Most trips have unscheduled free days to explore on your own.

The People on Beer Trips range in age from 23 to 77 (so far). Generally there are more men than women, but not always. Sometimes we have beer experts and brewers along, sometimes home brewers, sometimes people who simply want to visit Europe and drink beer with good people!