I will be traveling to Belgium and the Netherlands and am interested in touring monasteries that brew beer. Recommendations and information would be appreciated.
Are there any just single day tours. We'll be in Bruges and would love to go to Westvletern but I'm sure my wife wouldn't want all 9 days of our trip beer-hopping. Are there local guides that will take you for a day, maybe even help with ordering the beer?
You can't enter the premises of St. Sixtus (Westvleteren), but they run restaurant just across the road. Without a reservation, beer purchases at the drive-through window are limited to 3 bottles, and only one case even with a reservation.
Actually, now that I think about it, most, if not all of the trappist breweries are off-limits to visitors, except on certain occassions. All of them, however, operate some kind of reception center, or restaurant where you can sample their beer and food.