The 30 Day Countdown

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Aug 2nd, 2006
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The blogging has slowed down, but I can assume this is only because everyone is working so hard to prepare for the upcoming trip.

In only 30 days, the American contingent of the upcoming tour will be boarding their aircraft for the transatlantic journey. Some will be tempted to over-imbibe on the flight to start the trip off right … and … well, others will just over-imbibe. I mean, temptation … that word doesn’t even seem to make sense in this context. Should I drink or should I not drink? What type of question is this? I mean, the alcoholic drink is there for the asking. In situations like this, I just ask myself, “What would Keith do?” ‘Nuff said.

But seriously, you don’t want to overdo it, because Thursday, August 31 will be a long day in Brussels (especially for those of you whose flight lands at 7am). And the quality of airline drink leaves a lot to be desired. You want to be ready for what awaits in Brussels.


The Delirium Cafe will be the official meeting spot for tour participants. The primary UK team doesn’t arrive on the EuroStar until 6pm, so early arrivals are cautioned to pace themselves. Remember, the Delirium stays open until 4am.

For those who are not familiar with The Delirium Cafe, it features over 2500 different beers from around the world. But most importantly, it has the widest selection of Belgian beers. So start thinking about those first few Belgian beers. Will you stampede straight for the Westvleteren 12? What would Keith do?

Across the street from the Delirium Cafe is the new Floris Bar, presented by the same owners as the Delirium. Floris is a brand new bar specialising in Absinthe and Jenever. Yeah, we’re talking about the almost mythical green fairy, Absinthe … check out Wikipedia for more links and information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinthe. And Jenever, our old friend … I can recall many evenings at the old Belgo Zuid when the Jenever stick would arrive at the table. Curiously, I don’t recall the rest of those evenings … What did Keith do?

The Floris Bar is reportedly open until 8pm to 6am on Wednesdays thru Saturdays. And yes, that is frightening.

Friday afternoon, the survivors will probably try to pay a visit to Cantillon Brewery. http://www.cantillon.be

And then Friday evening, the Belgian Beer Paradise festival descends on Grand Place. http://www.belgianbeerweekend.be

Over the course of the weekend, the beer festival, Delrium Cafe and Floris Bar should keep us busy. But in between, we’ll try to make time for visits to A La Mort Subite (sudden death), and the Bier Circus.

Late Sunday afternoon, the brave will journey on to Amsterdam … and we’ll see old friends at the Gollem, Belgique and Wildeman. If Absinthe is a hit, then we’re also investigating reports of an Absinthe bar in Amsterdam.

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