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Around Amsterdam in 80 Beers
Amsterdam, cultural capital of the Netherlands, is a port city cross-crossed by canals and alley ways, its low-rise skyline dotted with town houses and stepped gables. What better way to explore it than by taking in a few beers in its finest cafés? Be our guest as we lead you on the inside track through one of Europe’s most exciting cities.
Beer from the Netherlands is currently claiming a place at the top table of global craft brewing and deservedly so.
Around Brussels in 80 Beers
It’s been six years since this labour of love first appeared on bookshelves in Brussels, Britain, Boston and beyond. We sold all 4,000 copies and grew fat on the immense profits.
Travel writers aim to be useful by reporting on the lay of the land. Problem is, the land won’t sit still. Months go by and a few places close their doors. A few new ones appear. One year a classic institution shuts, apparently for good. Two years later it reopens with new owners.
Half of the 80 locations listed here – cafés, bars, shops, restaurants, museums, theatres and hostels – are new to this title. Where we struggled to find ones worthy of the first edition, the challenge this time around was narrowing them down without discarding excellence. So I have cheated and added a section – More to Explore – that outlines another 30 or so worth attention…
Around Bruges in 80 Beers
Is Bruges the prettiest city in Europe? Possibly. It certainly gets enough visitors, wandering around aimlessly just enjoying its streets. To feel above all that, join us as we guide you through Bruges’ other great strength – its cafés and restaurants, beer shops and bistros, showing off the finely crafted ales of the world’s top brewing nation.
Tim Skeltonhas spent more than 25 years studying the Dutch through the bottom of a beer glass. He doesn’t remember who it was that first weekend who gently prised the pils from his grasp and replaced it with a Duvel, but he is eternally grateful. He is also thankful that his wife Amanda shares his beery passion and was a willing companion throughout months of arduous research. Tim is also author of Beer in the Netherlands (Homewood Press, 2014), the first comprehensive guide to the thriving Dutch beer scene, and of Luxembourg – the Bradt Travel Guide, the only guidebook focusing exclusively on the Lux bit of Benelux. His search for the perfect uitsmijter continues. Stalk him on www.timskelton.eu
Joe Stange is a freelance journalist whose words and photos have appeared among others in the New York Times, All About Beer, and Draft Magazine, where he is an editor. He began as an Associated Press newsman and eventually graduated to globetrotting, winding up in exotic places like Costa Rica, Berlin and Uccle. He co-author with Tim Webb of Good Beer Guide Belgium and nurses a fetishistic attraction to Brussels. His two children can discuss beer in four languages, so far.
Chris Pollard, known to all as Podge, has been a leading campaigner for better beer for 25 years, preferring the practical approach of organizing beer festivals and running a travel company (podgebeer.co.uk) that runs beer tours, mainly to Belgium. He was a founder of Cogan & Mater and co-authored its first book, LambicLand, in 2004.
Siobhan McGinn shares her time between academic study, keeping Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours on the road and aiding the cause of Belgian brewing at some of the UK’s major beer festivals. Her knowledge of the backstreets and real life of Bruges is as unparalleled as her appreciation of its place in history.