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Editor's Pick: European Beer Tour Companies

Mesopotamia and China are renowned progenitors of brewing, but in terms of modern beer history, just about all roads can be traced back to Europe, where beer and its consumption were truly elevated to an artform.

England provides perfect pub culture with bitters and stouts to be quaffed by the mouthful, Belgium and France add lauded lambics, subtle saisons, farmhouse ales and Trappist tipples, and Germany’s contributions just about go without saying… gose and pils. Czech please.

Every beer drinker deserves to take a trip to Europe to imbibe its rich history and stunning array of brews, old and new. We’ve compiled a list of European Beer Tour Companies to help you get there.



Brewtopia Beer Excursions
You’d be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable, passionate guide for your beer adventure than the mastermind behind Brewtopia, Owen Ogletree, a craft beer expert, world beer traveler, beer columnist and National-ranked BJCP Beer Judge. Through his guidance, you will come to see Europe for the utopian beer-drinking locale that it is. With over 30 years of beer travel behind him, Ogletree is totally tapped into how to maximize your trip while minimizing your expense.

Expect amazing deals on nice hotels and "backstage passes" to the best breweries, pubs and beer-centric restaurants, with fun and learning always on the forefront. As stated on its website, beer lovers who come along on these themed journeys tend to be like-minded, get along extremely well and enjoy getting to know each other over beer.

Trip prices include hotel room, charter bus and professional driver, other group ground transportation, a detailed schedule, at least one big group meal with beer each day, brewery tours, beer tastings, guided walks, free time to explore, and beer information from host Owen Ogletree. All you’ve got to do is book the plane ticket. Trips average around $1500 for destinations such as Oktoberfest and Bamberg, or this year’s sold-out Belgian Beer Blowout, which provides a thorough and thoroughly delicious slice of Belgian beer living.

Brewtopia only does about two or three group beer trips a year - this provides time for Ogletree to plan each one in great detail, and each trip requires a minimum of 15 participants, so early registration is encouraged.

Brewtopia has partnered with The Beer Connoisseur and Artisanal Imports to bring you a special trip, The Beer Connoisseur Belgian Adventure, slated for October 2020. The trip will feature intimate looks and tastes of Belgium’s breweries by day and best brewpubs by night, illuminated with Ogletree’s inimitable knowledge and historical background.

Phone: (706) 254-BREW
Website: www.classiccitybrew.com/brewtopiatrips.html



European Beer Tours
Owned and operated by St. Louis beer lover David Burstein, European Beer Tours offers both regionally based beer tours for groups of 10-12 such as the upcoming Prague, Bamberg and Munich trip, as well as custom, private tours for groups of any size.

European Beer Tours trips are usually in the $2000-$3000 dollar range for an average of eight or nine days, but they include all accommodations in 3-to-4 star hotels, three meals a day, and all transportation and event ticketing. All tour guides are certified Cicerones and many are also BJCP judges, and unlike most tour services, you are provided a complimentary smart phone to use during tours, to help circumvent costly overseas prices from your carrier.


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Toadman's picture
Check out the Thirsty Historians.
krakopedia's picture
... You forgot Poland... Walkative will provide you a good taste of tge beer revolution we are having in Poland.
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Hi Toadman and krakopedia, Thanks for the suggestions! There are many options for European Beer Tours, but we had to cut it down.

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Toadman's picture
Check out the Thirsty Historians.
krakopedia's picture
... You forgot Poland... Walkative will provide you a good taste of tge beer revolution we are having in Poland.
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Hi Toadman and krakopedia, Thanks for the suggestions! There are many options for European Beer Tours, but we had to cut it down.

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