Hello BeerAdvocate community, As per usual, I’m a long time reader first time poster and I’d love some advice on my wife and my itinerary for October through the south of Belgium, in and out of the top of France, back through the north of Belgium and then hitting Rotterdam, Utrecht and Amsterdam. As you’ll see from our plans our beer tastes span pretty much all styles. To give our trip some context, we’re heading to Europe for a bit over a year and this stretch will come after a few weeks in Germany. Money-wise, we’ll be on a reasonably tight budget but outside of costs for accommodation, travel and food the rest will mainly be on our beer related escapades and we’ll also have a bit set aside for a few whales (if we can find ‘em). However, time-wise we can afford to take our time, aside from having to ensure we’re at certain places at certain times to ensure they’re open! All beer advice (negative or positive) is obviously appreciated please and also any advice on chocolate, fritkots, coffee, waffles, genever, macarons, pancakes, “coffeeshops” etc etc would also be great! Liege (Sun-Mon 6-7 Oct) We will hire a car on the Monday to visit Orval and Brasserie d’Achouffe, and to pick up a few bottles from Fantome on our way back to have at our hostel that night. Are there any bars worth hitting the night we get to Liege? Bellavaux and Petit Vaudree are two I’ve read about. Tournai (Tues-Wed 8-9 Oct) We intend to have lunch at Brasserie de Silly on the Tuesday on the way through to experience its country charm. Then on the Wednesday we are going to hire bikes and ride to Du Pont, Vapeur (if it’s open) and Dubuisson from Tournai. A couple of questions here, has anyone had experience doing this from Tournai or is there a better option (keeping in mind we’re on a fairly tight budget and Tournai has a youth hostel for cheap accommodation)? We’re about standard in terms of our bike riding ability. Lille (Thurs-Fri 10-11 Oct) I’ve read that Hops Café and La Capsule are the absolute musts in Lille and we’re considering a day trip to Wormhout to visit Brasserie Thiriez. In terms of other places to visit, I’ve read that Abbaye des Saveurs is a good bottle shop for a few local ales and Kasteelhof is very nice bar. Any other must visits? Ieper (Sat 12 Oct) We’ll catch one of the first trains leaving Lille for Belgium on the Saturday morning and hopefully be on our bikes by 11ish and riding up to In de Vrede (open from 10am?) for the Holy Grail and then after some time there off to De Struise. Is anyone able to confirm the opening times of De Struise and if we’re able to just rock up and taste or should we book ahead? It looks as though we might stay at Jeugdstadion for quite cheap and we can hire bikes from there too. Bruges (Sun-Wed 13-16 Oct) We intend on squeezing in De Dolle on the Sunday on the way to Bruges. I know the tour is conducted at 2pm but is that the same time that the bar opens? Must visit bars will most probably be Brugs Beertje, Garre, De Kelk, Café Rose Red, Herberg Vlissinghe and Poatersgat. A day trip to Oostende and lunch at De Bistronoom is a must for us. May drop in at De Halve Maan, possible meals at Erasmus and Dyver, and purchase some beers (and absinthe) from De Bierboom for back at our apartment. Gent (Thur-Fri 17-18 Oct) Will certainly pay a visit to Drankencentrale de Hopduvel and Drunken Geers for takeaways, and I think a visit to the Huyghe Brewery is a must for novelty value if nothing else. In terms of beers bars we’ll hit Trollekelder and Waterhuis aan de Bierkant, and a possible selection from Hopduvel, Trappistenhui and Backdoor. How do my priorities look here? Brussels (Sat-Sun 19-21 Oct) Must stop beer bars are Grote Dorst (Sunday), Becasse, Moeder Lambic, Cantillon and de Heeren. With possible visits to Mort Subite, Delirium, Beer Circus and Poechenellekelder, takeaways from Beer Mania and Délices Et Caprices and the beer-centric restaurants of Nuetnigenough and In ‘t Spinnekopke. A day trip down to Beersel on the Saturday will hopefully take in 3 Fonteinen, Hanssens, De Cam and lunch at De Rare Vos. Antwerp (Tues-Thurs 22-24 Oct) Beer bars we’ll head to are Kulminator (obviously), Afspanning De Hand (for a Bolleke and a shot of gist!) and De Groote Witte Arend. We’ll more than likely squeeze in a day trip to Westmalle and Spytighen Duvel and a meal at Pakhuise too. I’ve possibly dedicated too many days to Antwerp and may increase Brussels or add more in Netherlands. Any thoughts? - admittedly our beer focus drops off a bit from here on - Rotterdam (Fri-Sat 25-26 Oct) Bierlokaal Locus Publicus for a few and De Man van Drank for takeaways are the two I have down currently. Utrecht (Sun-Mon 27-28 Oct) Lunch and beers at de Molen on our way through. Bars in Utrecht of Café Derat and De Drie Dorstige Herten, and Bert’s Bierhuis for takeaways. Amsterdam (Tues-Fri 29 Oct-1 Nov) Possible beer bar visits to Arendsnest, In De Wildeman, Beer Temple, De Spuyt and De Gekraakte Ketel, and visits to De Ooievaar and In de Olofspoort. So, given our parameters what are peoples’ opinions of our plans? Too much of not a lot in some places or not enough time in others? Would love to hear your feedback and thanks very much in advance! Cheers.