I’ve been thinking that I need to combine my favorite interests with my New Year’s resolutions to ensure that I succeed. Just when I was pondering my resolutions, I came across an article about beercycling. There are tours that combine exploring the best sights of Europe with cycling and beer drinking. Now we’re talking! The tours typically last a week or so and go to Belgium and Holland. These adventure tours include exploration of the Ardennes forest and a visit to the legendary Trappist Monasteries, which are world renowned for their beer-making abilities. The tours include B&B-style accommodations, most meals, and an assist van for weary cyclers.
“For many beer connoisseurs Trappist beer is considered the Holy Grail,” says Henk Wesselink, local European tour guide with Beercycling. “Cycling straight to the source where the monks perform their beer-making magic will be on par with taking a religious pilgrimage, just with a tad more drinking,” he jokingly adds.
The initial set of “Ardennes Trappist Challenge” dates will run from July 18th to 25th, followed by a second tour from July 26th to August 2nd, 2014. A full itinerary, including registration and pricing can be found at www.beercycling.com/8-day-
A full list of all 2014 tour dates can be found at www.beercycling.com/tour-