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True dat.
The Akkurat casks usually last for at least a week (crazy long, tight?) - not too many crazy Lambic heads in Sweden.
Yeah, Zwanze day at Akkurat made that pretty clear. Reading the threads for the American bars afterward was lulzy, we just walked in, got a table, and ordered lambic after lambic. Akkurat is awesome.
 
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I've got a friend traveling to Belgium for work later this week. They don't know many details but what they have told me is they're flying into Brussels and will be working in Antwerp for a couple weeks. They also know nothing about beer, but are willing to bring me back a bottle or two.

I'm hoping to make it as easy as possible for them. Is there a place in either Antwerp or Brussels that is ideal for a one stop pickup of good bottles? Also, what should be available? Is St. Lam or an LP reasonable to expect? 3F vintages? Anything else?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Franch is right, though there are stores that have other things. I got a LPG at a random store in Brugge, and there was a store outside Gent that had a fantastic selection. But afaik there's not really anything in Antwerp outside of those "BELGIAN BEERS WOO!" stores that have maybe RdG and regular Gueuze.
 
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Délices et caprices in Brussels occasionally has Cantillon/3F, and a pretty good selection of obscure Belgian microbrews. Check their RateBeer page, http://www.ratebeer.com/p/delices-et-caprices-brussels/4665/, their FaceBook page seems to be gone/down.
great great great store. best prices in grand palace and outside of cantillon itself.

bier temple has fantome tulips currently.

cantillon had loads of bottles and glassware including the iris glass.
 
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My wife and I are going to Europe for the first time at the end of the year. Leaving Christmas night and returning January 10th. We will be in Brussels for 3 days (29th-31st). I am curious about whether or not most places will still be open.

We will be going to DhvL, Moeder Fontainas, Cantillon, Bier Circus, and Drie Fonteinen (on our way out).

Anyone have info for me?

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My wife and I are going to Europe for the first time at the end of the year. Leaving Christmas night and returning January 10th. We will be in Brussels for 3 days (29th-31st). I am curious about whether or not most places will still be open.

We will be going to DhvL, Moeder Fontainas, Cantillon, Bier Circus, and Drie Fonteinen (on our way out).

Anyone have info for me?

Cheers
Ryan
You'll need to check with them about hours. Some places in Belgium will close for long periods of time without it being obvious (DHVL particularly). Moeder really ought to be open, the rest you'll need to check. Keep in mind that 3F's shop has buttfucking insane hours, I've actually never been to it despite having been to the restaurant twice, it's just always closed. If you want to go there you really need to plan it.
 
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^this. It's not uncommon for shops/breweries/whathaveyou to shut down for 2-3 weeks over the holidays with little or no notice or postings. The phone is your best friend and definitely plan/call ahead.

Congrats on your trip and hopefully the weather cooperates despite the cold!
 
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You'll need to check with them about hours. Some places in Belgium will close for long periods of time without it being obvious (DHVL particularly). Moeder really ought to be open, the rest you'll need to check. Keep in mind that 3F's shop has buttfucking insane hours, I've actually never been to it despite having been to the restaurant twice, it's just always closed. If you want to go there you really need to plan it.
Did you ask if you could go to the store? Our waitress took us over there after our meal to buy stuff and tour the cellar.
 
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Tickets are purchased, and I'll be spending 4 or 5 days in Belgium while traveling through Europe this October.

I'd like to check out Brugge and Dinant, but I'm not sure it's necessary to stay the night there. Would a good base be Brussells, then just drive or take a train for day trips?
 
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Tickets are purchased, and I'll be spending 4 or 5 days in Belgium while traveling through Europe this October.

I'd like to check out Brugge and Dinant, but I'm not sure it's necessary to stay the night there. Would a good base be Brussells, then just drive or take a train for day trips?
That should work fine, though in general I find European train systems perplexing and have mostly driven around. I'd also consider using Antwerp as a base instead of Brussels, depending on what you want to do (both beer- and non-beer-wise) it could end up being preferable. Brussels kinda sucks.
 
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We went to Ghent for 2 nights and it was our favorite city in Belgium. We used Brussels as a jumping off point and we were a 20 min walk to the Midi train station.. went to brugge and Antwerp from there. PM if you have any questions!
 
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That should work fine, though in general I find European train systems perplexing and have mostly driven around. I'd also consider using Antwerp as a base instead of Brussels, depending on what you want to do (both beer- and non-beer-wise) it could end up being preferable. Brussels kinda sucks.
Thanks, I tend to lean towards cars too, some countries I like the trains, others it just seems expensive and too much hassle.

My experiences of the entire country consists of a few hours in Brussels years ago.
 
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We went to Ghent for 2 nights and it was our favorite city in Belgium. We used Brussels as a jumping off point and we were a 20 min walk to the Midi train station.. went to brugge and Antwerp from there. PM if you have any questions!
Will do, thanks. Ghent definitely looks like a worthy stop, and maybe a good place to set up base since it's close to Brussels and Brugge.

I'm going with people that like good beer, but it will definitely not be the main focus of the trip. Well... Maybe it will be for the Belgium portion. ;)
 
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Tickets are purchased, and I'll be spending 4 or 5 days in Belgium while traveling through Europe this October.

I'd like to check out Brugge and Dinant, but I'm not sure it's necessary to stay the night there. Would a good base be Brussells, then just drive or take a train for day trips?
Dinant (the whole Ardennes valley area actually) is beautiful, recommend it...especially for a romantic stop. Brussels is pretty much a dump unless tourist traps are your thing, but it's definitely Lambic HQ. Recommend staying at least one night in Brugge/Bruges (again romantic), with maybe another in Ghent/Gent and/or Dinant since it's out of the way a smidge. Would definitely drive if you plan to visit a handful of cities. Lots of beer-centric towns, but the recommendations change a bit depending on what you are looking for.
 
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I think I did, actually...
Do you have up-to-date info on the restaurant / retail shop hours? We are heading out there at the end of the month of Quintessance and CBC and would like to check out Drie as well.
 
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