Beer Trips & Activities


Discover all our beer activities here. Tours and events for groups can be scheduled any time on request. Every season we also plan different beer trips and you are welcome to join:

COMING SPRING AND SUMMER (21/03 - 20/09 2020) hop on one of our Pub Tasting Tours, every Friday at 7:30 pm. We also keep on riding off to a couple craft brewery around town, each and every Saturday at 1:30 pm. On this Brewery Bike Trip our guide/beer connaisseur takes you along the most beautiful roads to not one but two (!new) breweries, we get a tour of each and obviously taste the house beers. Also every Saturday at 2 pm there's our Leuven on Tap, beer experience tour, as well as our delicious Chocolate and Beer Pairing at 6 pm.

EXTRA ! Friday 3rd and Friday 24th of April we head off to respectively the Brussels area to visit two famous Gueuze breweries and to visit Mechelen and its Anker brewery and whisky distillery.

THIS AUTUMN AND WINTER (21/09/'19 - 20/03/'20) our Friday evening Pub Tasting Tours run and on Saturdays the Brewery Bus Trip (until March 14), our Leuven on Tap beer experience walk, and we top the day off with our Chocolate and Beer Pairing session.
All dates, prices and complete details on our programmed beer events, you can find in the menu under 'Beer Trips & Activities'. Groups can also always ask for a personalized trip or activity.

If you are really really very thirsty, you can always visit our Beer Hop Beer Shop in Tiensestraat 5. We have the best selection of Leuven and Flemish Brabant beers.

Places are limited so register early enough. Subscribe through hello@beerhop.be - we after ask for payment - or book and pay at once via the below Book online button - with that second option a small fee applies. 




Cheers, Proost, Santé, Schol!

What's on?

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 09:30
- Gueuze Discovery Trip - Friday 3rd April 2020 one date only!
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 19:30
- Pub Tasting Tour
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 13:30
- Brewery Bike Ride
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 14:00
- Leuven on Tap
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 18:00
- Chocolate and Beer Pairing

Trips and activities

Gueuze Discovery Trip - Friday 3rd April 2020 one date only!

Have you ever tried ‘Brussels champagne’?

Join our exclusive Geuze Discovery Tour during Leuven’s first of three beer weekends in April and participate in this centuries-old beer-drinking tradition that received the European Union’s TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) in 1997/98.

We will start by taking the train to Cantillon, the last remaining lambic brewery in Brussels, for a tour of their 120-year-old facility and a tasting of a couple of their world-famous beers. After Cantillon, we will walk to Restobières for lunch, where we will enjoy a two-course meal chosen from a menu that includes a number of beer-based dishes. After lunch, we will hop back on a train to the town of Lot, where we will visit 3 Fonteinen’s Lambik-O-Droom, the brewery’s amazing tasting room, to try some of their delicious lambics. To finish the night, your guide will take you back to Brussels Centraal, where you can either take the train back to Leuven or join us for an optional dinner at Brew Dog, where we will enjoy a tasty meal and even more great Belgian beers!

Schedule:
9:30: Meet at Leuven Train Station
10:08: Take 10.08 train to Brussels South
11:00-13:00: Cantillon
13:00-15:00: Restobieres for Lunch
15:34: Train to Lot
16:00-18:00: 3 Fonteinen
18:16: Train to Brussel-Centraal (for optional dinner) or to Leuven
19:00: Optional Dinner at Brewdog


FRIDAY APRIL 3rd 2020
all day program 9:30am - 7pm
99 euro p.p.
incl. guide-beer connoisseur, all transportation, lunch at Restobières (two course with one drink incl), tours and tastings at Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen breweries
starts from the Leuven train station or join us in Brussels
sign up via hello@leuvenleisure.com

GROUPS
customized possible on different days and times

Mechelen and Brewery Het Anker Trip - Friday 24th April 2020 one date only!

Did you know that Leuven is not Belgium’s only Dijlestad (city on the Dijle)? Just 25 kilometers upriver lies Mechelen, an important medieval city that also possesses a renowned-reputation as a regional beer capital! Travel with us to Mechelen to try the beer that history-altering Emperor Charles V considered the best beer in the world!

We will start our journey with a leisurely and scenic e-bike ride along the Vaart, a long canal that connects Leuven to Mechelen. Upon our arrival at Mechelen, we will first enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, featuring local artisanal cheeses, meats, fish, bread, and chocolates from Leuven, in a beautiful park just outside of the city centre. After lunch, we will bike into the city’s impressive Grote Markt (Great Market), where will visit the monumental St. Rumbold’s Cathedral and ascend its tower for beautiful views out into the distant countryside. From St. Rumbolds, we will go to Het Anker Brewery and next to the Molenberg Distillery (about 9 km from Mechelen city centre), where a guide will take you through the two buildings to teach you how they make their famous beers and popular Belgian whiskies.  During these tours, you will get to taste two samples of Het Anker’s beers and one sample of Molenberg’s whiskies! After our tastings, we will have a two-course dinner at Het Anker’s in-house restaurant. Once we finish with dinner, we will embark on the trip back to Leuven, taking in the beautiful Belgian sunset as we travel back along the canal.

Schedule:
10:00: Meet at Leuven Leisure shop and leave for Mechelen
11:30-12:30: Lunch at Mechelen’s Vrijbroek Park
13:00-14:00: Visit St. Rumbold’s Cathedral
14:30-18:30: Tour of Het Anker/De Molenberg/Dinner
18:30: Head back to Leuven (at about 17:30 hours if you are not joining for dinner)
20:00: Arrive back at Leuven Leisure shop


FRIDAY APRIL 24th 2020
all day program 10am - 8pm
107 euro p.p.
incl. guide-beer connoisseur, e-bike rental, lunch at Vrijbroek Park, entry into St. Rumbold’s w/tower, brewery and distillery tour at Het Anker/Molenberg’s w/tastings and dinner (dinner optional, two course at 23 euro) at Het Anker
sign up via hello@leuvenleisure.com

GROUPS
customized possible on different days and times

Beer Hop Beer Shop

i.c.w. Leuven Leisure

Leuven is the capital city of Flemish Brabant, the richest beer region in the world! Our Beer Hop Beer Shop at Tiensestraat 5, also the Leuven Leisure office www.leuvenleisure.com, offers an assortment of over 80 Leuven and regional beers, complemented by a selection of other, well-known Belgian beers. We are happy to give you beer advice! Opening hours and our list of beers can be found under 'Info and Contact'.

We are official distributor of Regional Products Flemish Brabant: http://www.straffestreek.be/verkooppunt/leuven-leisure
Like us at www.facebook.com/beerhopbelgium
Contact us at hello@beerhop.be

Pub Tasting Tour

Leuven is "the place to be(er)", and you can discover this yourself on our beer tasting walk. In each of the best beer bars taste a different local beer and learn what makes each beer so special. Have your taste buds at the ready!

EVERY WEEK
year round every Friday evening 7:30pm - 10pm
26 euro p.p. incl. guide-beer specialist and 5 beer samples
starts from the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from Grand Place)
subscribe through hello@leuvenleisure.com, or via the Book now! button - scroll all the way up

GROUPS
customized, every day and time possible - best not on a Sunday or Monday for many bars closed
30 euro p.p. (2h30) or 34 euro p.p. (3h) with extra full beer (6th kind) included at the end
incl. guide-beer specialist and 5 beer samples
starts from the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop
request via hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know for groups
Youth organisations and groups from 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <8 participants minimum fixed price of 8 participants applies

Chocolate and Beer Pairing

Belgians, we are proud of our beer! However, we are also world famous for our unequalled chocolate. Now, Beer Hop brings these two worlds together. During this tantalizing tasting, learn which beer goes well with what type of chocolate, and why. Exploring complementary or contrasting flavors, you will discover one surprise after another!

For this tasting, we serve only the top local products: the very best Leuven and Flemish Brabant beers combined with fine local artisan chocolate creations.

EVERY WEEK
year round every Saturday 6-7pm
20 euro p.p. 
incl. explanations from our beer connoisseur/beers shop responsible and 4 combinations of each time a specialty beer with an artisan Leuven praline
takes places at our Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from Grand Place)
subscribe through hello@leuvenleisure.com, places are limited (15 persons) so be on time!

GROUPS
customized, all days and times possible
+/-1h30
31 euro p.p. excl. any venue rental or travel expenses - 1 euro/km with min. of 50 euro
incl. 5 beers with 5 matching chocolate creations and professional guidance by a beer connaisseur, sommelier or zythologist
for up to 14 people without additional costs possible at the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop (depending on availability), for more participants a suitable venue is to be agreed upon. We are also happy to come by your place
request via hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know for groups
Youth organisations and groups from 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <6 participants minimum fixed price of 6 participants applies

Leuven on Tap - Beer Experience Tour

i.c.w. Leuven Leisure
 
Experience the Beer Capital! 
 
Belgian beer culture is UNESCO world heritage, and Leuven has always been Belgium's prime beer city. Our guide-beer connoisseur takes you into a local brewery where we get acquainted with our beers. After we explore the town, its beer past and present, we taste five local style beers and play a century-old Leuven pub game.
 
Bottom's up! 

EVERY WEEK
year round every Saturday 2pm - 5pm
29 euro p.p. incl. guide-beer specialist, brewery visit, 5 beer samples and playing of a forgotten traditional Leuven bar game
starts from the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from Grand Place)
subscribe through hello@leuvenleisure.com

GROUPS
customized, every day and time possible - except for Sundays
32 euro p.p. incl. guide-beer specialist, brewery visit, 5 beers and playing of a forgotten traditional Leuven bar game
starts from the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop or whereever suits your group best
request via hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know for groups
Youth organisations and groups from 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <8 participants minimum fixed price of 8 participants applies

Brewery Bike Ride

Riding along the most beautiful roads, we cycle to an artisan brewery near Leuven. Our guide takes you through forests and fields, past castles and abbeys. You get a tour of the brewery and taste the house beers. Cheers!
http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/regio/vlaamsbrabant/1.2410839

EVERY WEEK
Spring, Summer and Autumn every Saturday at 1:30pm - +/- 6pm
the breweries: every week we pick another brewery in a village around Leuven: can be Craywinckelhof, De Kroon, De Vlier, Hof Ten Dormaal or Van Campenhout
the bike ride: +/- 10 to 20 km one way, depending of course on the precise location of the brewery chosen
37 euro p.p. / 30 euro p.p. with own bicycle
starts from Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from Grote Markt)
sign up at hello@leuvenleisure.com, please do let us know how many M/F bikes, or via the Book now! button - scroll all the way up

GROUPS
customized, every day and time possible - best not on a Sunday, most breweries closed then
39 euro p.p. / 32 euro p.p. with own bike
incl. guide, bike rental, brewery visit and tasting of the house beers
>> also possible to visit two breweries: if you love cycling! Calculate +/- 6h for the entire tour, costs 63 euro p.p. Ideal - suggested - departure time is 12:30 pm
starts from the Leuven Leisure office, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from the Grote Markt) or whereever suits you best, ask for it
request through hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know for groups
Student organisations and groups from 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <6 participants minimum fixed price of 6 participants applies

Brewery Bus Trip

Together with our guide-beer connoisseur, we drive our minibus to one of the small artisan breweries in the city area. You get a tour of the brewery and we of course taste the house beers.
Cheers!

EVERY WEEK
Autumn and Winter every Saturday at 1:30pm - +/- 5pm, * from Saturday November 9 2019 to Saturday March 14 2020 (before and after this winter period we go by bicycle, see our Brewery Bike Trip)
the breweries: every week we pick another brewery in a village around Leuven: can be Craywinckelhof, De Kroon, De Vlier, Hof Ten Dormaal or Van Campenhout
37 euro p.p.
incl. guide, minivan transport, brewery visit and tasting of the house beers
starts from the Leuven Leisure office, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from the Grote Markt)
sign up at hello@leuvenleisure.com

GROUPS
customized, every day and time possible
all info see Tailored Brewery Bus Trip

Beer and Cheese Pairing

i.c.w. Elsen Kaasmeester

O no, cheese does not necesarily match with wine. You discover that cheese goes just as well (and better) with wine. An ideal opportunity for some culinary inspiration! Also in this workshop, we only work with local top products: the best Leuven and Flemish Brabant beers combined with cheeses from the local Leuven cheese riper.

for GROUPS
customized, all days and times possible
+/-1h30
31 euro p.p. excl. any venue rental or travel expenses - 1 euro/km with min. of 50 euro
incl. 4 beer samples with 5 matching cheeses and professional guidance by a beer connaisseur, sommelier or zythologist
for up to 14 people without additional costs possible at the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop (depending on availability), for more participants a suitable venue is to be agreed upon. We are also happy to come by your place

request via hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know
Groups larger than 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <6 participants the minimum fixed price of 6 participants applies

Beer your Senses - a treat!

This interactive workshop plays with your senses. In different rounds you will get to find tasting beer is something you do with áll your senses. Hear, smell, see, touch and of course, taste!

Never again will you look at your beer in the same way..

for GROUPS
customized, every day and time possible
+/-2h / 41 euro p.p. excl. any room rental or travel expenses - 1 euro/km with min. of 50 euro
incl. 8 beer samples, a feast for the senses and professional explanations by a beer connaisseur, beer sommelier or zythologist
for up to 14 people without additional costs possible at the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop (depending on availability), for more participants a suitable venue is to be agreed upon. We are also happy to come by your place

request via hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know
Groups larger than 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <6 participants the minimum fixed price of 6 participants applies

Local Beers Tasting

Smell, view, taste, aromas, mouthfeel... we drink beer, but what do we really know about it?

During this interactive introduction to the art of beer tasting, we challenge your senses and taste buds!

for GROUPS
customized, all days and times possible
+/-2h15 / 36 euro p.p.  excl. any venue rental or travel expenses - 1 euro/km with min. of 50 euro
incl. 8 beer samples and professional guidance by a beer expert, sommelier or zythologist
for up to 14 people without additional costs possible at the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop (depending on availability), for more participants a suitable venue is to be agreed upon. We are also happy to come by your place

request via hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know
Groups larger than 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <6 participants the minimum fixed price of 6 participants applies

Beer and Food Pairing Tour

So this town is "the place to be(er)", discover it in full on this culinary beer and food pairing walk! Our beer specialist takes you to some of the best beer bars in town, we taste local and regional beers, and every beer gets a pair with a bite from a local specialty shop. You are about to see beer and food is the combination of culinary excellence.

for GROUPS
customized, every day and time possible - best not on a Sunday or Monday for many bars closed
40 euro p.p. (2h30) or 44 euro p.p. (3h) with extra full beer (6th kind) included at the end
incl. guide-beer specialist and 5 beer samples with 5 matching bites (can be fish, meat, cheese, vegetable, pastry or chocolate)
starts from the Leuven Leisure office/local beers shop
request through hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know
Youth organisations and groups from 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <8 participants minimum fixed price of 8 participants applies

Tailored Brewery Bus Trip

Visit 1, 2 or more breweries in one day or several days

Together with our driver-guide-beer expert (sommelier or zythologist) discover one or more breweries of Flemish Brabant, the heart of beer nation Belgium. Together we design your ideal program, based on your interests and precies timetable. +/-40 different breweries possible.

for GROUPS
tailor-made program, to discuss together
every day and time possible but rather not on a Sunday because many breweries are closed that dat

1 brewery: 39 euro p.p. (takes +/- 3h, depending on precise location of brewery chosen)
2 breweries: 63 euro p.p. (+/- 5h. ideal starting hour - suggestion - is 1:30 pm)
3 breweries: 89 euro p.p. (+/-8h / full day)

incl. driver-guide-beer expert, minibus transport (8+1), tour of the brewery(ies) and tasting of house beers
more than 8 people? We can provide several minivans
optional beer and food pairing possible, lunch and/or dinner
starts and ends at the Leuven Leisure office, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from the Grote Markt) or whereever suits you best (e.g. your hotel, ask for it)
request at hello@leuvenleisure

> Good to know
No minimum number of participants required; for <6 participants the minimum fixed price of 6 participants applies

Beer Capital Walk - 1000 years of brewing

i.c.w. Leuven Leisure

This walk will show you what beer means for Leuven and what Leuven beer means to the world! Beer stories guide you along extraordinary bars, historic breweries and the longest beer counter in the world.

You will understand just why it is the world's biggest brewer calls Leuven home!

for GROUPS
customized, every day and time possible
16 euro p.p. (2h30) or 20 euro p.p. (3h) with an extra drink included
incl. guide and a beer/drink halfway in the old harbour/Artois neighbourhood
starts from the Leuven Leisure office, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from Grote Markt)
request through hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know
Groups from 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <10 participants minimum fixed price of 10 participants applies

Walk more? 
http://leuvenplays.leuvenleisure.com/en

O Luvanium, Cradle of Beers - Leuven café culture

i.c.w. Leuven Leisure

Ever heard of cuyt, Leuvensch, Peeterman or Luvanium?

On this beer walk you will get to know everything about the beers that the people of Leuven have been brewing and drinking for centuries. A tour packed with surprising anecdotes and delicious degustations along the road!

for GROUPS
customized, every day and time possible - best not on a Sunday since many bars closed
3h / 25,50 euro p.p.
incl. guide and three taste samples of ancient Leuven beer styles
starts from the Leuven Leisure office, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from Grote Markt)
request through hello@leuvenleisure.com

> Good to know
Youth organisations and groups from 35 p.: discount possible
No minimum number of participants required; for <10 participants minimum fixed price of 10 participants applies


Walk more? http://leuvenwalks.leuvenleisure.com/en

Five Breweries Bicycle Tour - Leuven Mechelen or vice versa

i.c.w. Leuven Leisure

This tour takes you from one Flanders Art City to another, stopping by up to five breweries in the Brabant Country on the way! In this journey through the heartland of Belgium beer country, you can choose to start in Leuven or in Mechelen. The guide will lead you on a trip along the River Dyle, through villages, along country roads, and by the Dyle canal. At the brewery(ies) we stop, take a tour, and satiate the thirst from our ride with home brews.

Cheers!

for GROUPS
customized, alle days and times possible
ideal for culture and beer lovers who enjoy cycling
+/- 35 km one way / possible to return by train or by bike
for those who tgo back by train, plan +/- 6h
or +/- 8.30 for those high energy adventurers who wish to return by bike
65 euro p.p. / 50 euro p.p. with own bicycle
incl. guide, bike rental, tour of a brewery of choice and tasting the home brews
possible breweries: Domus, Stella Artois, Hof ten Dormaal, Haacht, Van Campenhout, Het Anker
excl. train ticket
leaves from the Leuven Leisure office, Tiensestraat 5 (50m from Grote Markt) or from Mechelen
request via hello@leuvenleisure.com

Optional:
* with electric bike (+10 euro)
* a visit to a up to four additional breweries of your choice
* lunch or dinner at Het Anker brewery in Mechelen or Domus micro brewery in Leuven
* stop at Cafe Maritime, the old lock guardhouse in Tildonk

> Good to know
No minimum number of participants required; for <8 participants minimum fixed price of 8 participants applies


Ride more? http://leuvenrides.leuvenleisure.com/en