European Summer Gathering 2013
This years RateBeer’s European Summer Gathering will be held in the Netherlands, with some interesting trips to Belgium. Utrecht will be our base-camp. It’s in the middle of the Netherland, is easy accesible by car and train (30 minutes from Schiphol Airport), has a nice towncentre, enough hotels and a good beerscene. We hope to welcome a nice group of Rateberians and have a great weekend with brewery-visits, pubcrawls, a grand tasting, a lot of beers but most of all: a lot of fun!
We are working hard on a programme, but here’s a first impression (nothing sure yet):
Thursday june 27: Welcome in Utrecht
Late afternoon: drinks and (beer)diner in Utrecht
Evening: beerparty hosted by Rooie Dop
Friday june 28: Crossing Borders
A bus-trip to the NL/BE border area, including brewery-visits and a pubcrawl in Antwerp with our Belgian friends. Ending at a small brewery for beer and BBQ.
Saturday june 29: Grand Tasting
Take your time in the morning, sleep a bit longer or explore Utrecht. In the afternoon and evening it’s time for the Grand Tasting, an insane bottle-sharing experience, probably held at De Molen brewery. This is just a 20 minutes long trainride from Utrecht.
Sunday june 30: Lazy afternoon
No Sunday service, but lunch in sacred suroundings. With some beers ofcourse. After that we’ll visit the small but cosy outdoor beerfestival in Tilburg.
Monday july 1: for the die-hards and sour heads.
For those who want to stay a bit longer, we can arrange a bus trip to Belgium. What about lunch at De Heeren van Liedekercke, visiting some of those small pubs in Pajottenland or/and have a look at Cantillon? Nothing has been arranged yet, but depends on how many people are interested. If you want you can stay in Brussel and expand your holiday.
This is just a first impression of our plans. Details will follow soon and things can change. But the dates are set and Utrecht is sure.
A form to subscribe to each day and a inventory list for the Grand Tasting will follow soon.