|BierPassie Weekend programme|
|Richard, Andrew, Simon, Keith & Mark - BierPassie Weekend XVII|
Friday 24 June, 2016
|Simonsstraat, Antwerp - near Plantin Premetro station|
|Sint-Jorispoort - between Nationale Bank and Mechelseplein tram stops|
Maagdenhuis Museum which is housed on the ground floor of a former orphanage for girls. The collection includes paintings from the 15th to 17th centuries.
|section of KBC Tower (Boerentoren)|
|Layout of bars etc|
|Dixieland Street Band|
Later we would sit outside Cafe ZeeZicht in Dageraadplaats after midnight for a final beer before a short walk back to our hotel.
Saturday 25 June, 2016
|Johan Van Dyck - Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie|
Barbar Blonde from the Brouwerij Lefebvre bar (13).
Kriek Max (6 - Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste) with a fruity cherry flavour. Once the rain had stopped we headed towards the river Scheldt and turned left for Best Beer Cafe (BBC) where Tripel Karmeliet (Brouwerij Bosteels) is available on draught and the Euro 2016 football match between Wales and Northern Ireland was showing on TV. Later we would visit De Groote Witte Arend (the Great White Eagle) beer restaurant.
Sunday 26 June, 2016
|Hotel Tryp - reception area|
Mongozo Mango (3.6% ABV) fruit beer, brewed in the Netherlands.
|Marco de Rango at the B.O.M. Brewery bar|
Wild Jo (5.8% ABV) brewed in Antwerp by De Koninck and served from a bottle. The 'Wild' refers to the wild yeasts used to ferment it and the 'Jo' refers to Joseph van den Bogaert 'whose own lust for adventure ensured the survival of the brewery after WWI'. This was one of my favourite beers from the festival. See also my earlier blog post Antwerp - 1 - De Koninck about the traditional De Koninck beer served in a Bolleke glass.
|L>R: John, Andrew, Keith, Mark and Richard|
Ben Vinken on the last day of the festival so visited the Bier Sommelier bar and ordered a glass of Ben's Belgian Saison. As there was not enough for a further serving from the bottle afterwards, Ben generously let me keep the remaining contents of the bottle for my group to sample.
|Beer Sommelier Ben Vinken (left)|
By now we had worked up a good appetite and it was time for a visit to Huisbrouwerij 't Pakhuis for some lunch to go with beer brewed on the premises. After lunch we returned to the hotel to collect our luggage before catching the train to Brussels for a night before returning to London by Eurostar on Monday evening after visits to some of our favourite beer bars.
I look forward to returning to Antwerp in 2017 for BeerPassie Weekend XVIII. Cheers!