You don’t have to sample the libations if you don’t want to, of course, but we noticed our travelers really enjoy savoring the food and drink from the countries we visit, so we decided to add a beer sampling during a couple of our trips as much for the taste as for the history and craft behind the brew.
Our brand new Ireland biking trip includes plenty of time to stop and enjoy a pint or two at local pubs. After all, according to some reports, the Irish consume an average of 35 gallons of beer a year, so it’s definitely a part of the culture! Step into a pub and step back in time. Irish beers range from strong, rich and full-bodied for sipping to light and crisp to quench the thirst. We also offer an Ireland walking tour that includes gorgeous scenery, history and culture and plenty o’ pub time, if you wish.
Backroads’ new Holland and Belgium biking trip is another great adventure for beer enthusiasts. The focus on your favorite frothy beverage comes during the second half of the trip, where we scoot over the border from Holland into Belgium. There we enjoy the country’s “national treasure.” Belgium’s beer offerings come from numerous historic breweries as well as unique ones, including a couple of Trappist breweries!
Yet another Backroads adventure is our Czech Republic and Austria biking tour. In the Baroque city of Český Krumlov, you can meander down cobblestone streets and enjoy a pint of locally brewed beer. Czech beer is world famous, and perhaps the best known Czech beer is the original Pils beer, Pilsner Urquell. You’ll find it’s served almost everywhere on our Prague adventure, even in breakfast cafés! Wine lovers needn’t worry; this trip has a little something for them, too in Austria, where you can savor acclaimed Riesling and grüner Veltliner wines.
Are you a beer aficionado? Is there a place you’ve always dreamed of sipping a cold one? Let us know!