Belgium Day Trip in West Flanders -- best place to stock up?

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  1. jacobb

    jacobb Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012

    Hey everyone,

    I'm making the pilgrimage with my brother and friend a week from tuesday from the kansas via los angeles area. The normal trips to St. Sixtus (four hours of non stop calling didn't produce a reservation on the 12, sadly), staying at t' Brouwerhuis.

    We'll have rented a car, but I'm hoping to try and stick to mostly bikes and the Watou/Poperinge area. I'm looking for advice of bars/resturaunts to stop at, but largely interested in the best place to stock up on beers that are hard-to-come back in the states. I'm planning on just exploring the villages and stopping at Noel Cuvelier , but I've heard they don't carry de Struisse. It'll be on a tuesday so the old school won't be open, and I'm not sure we have the time to drive (and likely get lost on the way to!) bruges to visit the beer store.

    Any other recommendations?
  2. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    Cafe in de Vrede is open on tuesday but the best thing is always to check the site:
    You can actually go inside the abbey and join the monks in prayers. You don't have to pray with them but it is very special to see how this goes. You can walk trough the abbey to the chapel and after that you can walk back.
    These are the times they pray:
    The best time to go there is the sext at 12.15 and the noon at 14.15 hours.
    What you must do is go to the entrance about ten minutes before the paryers start. This is the entrance:
    Just ring the bell there and tell the monk who opens the door you want to go to the prayers. They will ask you to put out all cellphones. It is not allowed to make film or photo's.
    It is not possible to visit the brewery but here are the pictures i made when i was invited there:
    Here are the pictures i made from my visits to the Struise, they are closed but if you mail Urbain or Carlo they might have some time for you:

    If not you can buy their beers at Deca in the Place called Woesten, about five minutes from the abbey and Struise. They sell Struise beers

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  3. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    And don't forget to buy some threepacks at the beerpickuppoint, You can buy two each. With a bit of luck they will also sell sixpacks at the Cafe in de Vrede. Last week they sold the 8.

  4. eulcedes

    eulcedes Initiate (131) Jul 13, 2010 Czech Republic

    hey! i'll be making the trip there in a few weeks. i've been emailing carlo but can't seem to get a straight answer out of him on this, is there a place there to drink beer, outside of the seminars? Or is it just a store and seminar rooms?
    He said they'd be open from 1400 to 1800. I gotta do it with the belbus, so i need to plan this ahead of time.
  5. BlackHaddock

    BlackHaddock Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2006 United Kingdom (England)

  6. paxton1978

    paxton1978 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Do you have to buy cases or can you buy singles too?
  7. BlackHaddock

    BlackHaddock Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2006 United Kingdom (England)

    Singles. My stash was almost all single bottles to store or drink soonest: really impressive set up they have.
  8. paxton1978

    paxton1978 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

  9. UncleJimbo

    UncleJimbo Site Editor (3,411) Sep 11, 2002 Massachusetts
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    Last I was there, there was not really a bar or traditional place to drink, but they let us open beers and just kind of hang out, walk around, and drink a few beers. YMMV.
  10. JosephThompson

    JosephThompson Disciple (337) Nov 29, 2011 New Jersey

    I was just there two weeks ago. The cafe is an old school so one of the classrooms serves as the drinking area. You'll open the main door of the school and be in a hallway which will likely be stocked with 8-10 varieties of their stuff. You pick one out, head into the classroom and take a seat at a table. Repeat as often as you'd like.

    It isn't big, maybe 10 tables seating 30-40 but you could certainly spend the entire four hours with all the varieties they offer and you can purchase them to go as well. Better to do it at the school then in Bruges because its much cheaper, though in Bruges there may be one or two they don't have at the school (i.e. Kabert, Black Damnations).

    The time I spent there with Carlo, Urban, and Jay is one of my greatest days of beer. Very good people.
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  11. yesferro

    yesferro Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2008 Mississippi

    Deca in Woesten is a good stop, stop by a supemarket while you ride around too. Sometimes there's some nice gems there
  12. euromannn

    euromannn Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 Washington

    When do you arrive in Belgium?I'll be in Antwerp on Aug 22 and then have 4 days to go wherever I want.

    Not sure what city West Flanders is as map shows west part near Netherlands but Brugge is one.
  13. UncleJimbo

    UncleJimbo Site Editor (3,411) Sep 11, 2002 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    You replied to a post from 4 and a half years ago.
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