Kloster Andechs Brews at La Trappe Cafe

24 09 2013

Andechs logoAndechs Kettles

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel is “reminiscent of dark copper with nuances of fiery red. Its clear gleaming look harmonizes with its firm, fine pored head.”
“Soft roasted accents and a nuance of dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel” in the nose This Doppelbock Dunkel has a pleasant effervescence with unmistakable flavors.  “Mouthcoating and velvety, strong and yet pleasantly malty – a powerful, robust body. At the same time, it develops an easily recognizable sweetness, embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness.Concluding with a powerful punch with a lingering aftertaste of quality plain chocolate.” – Andechs

ANDECHSER VOLLBIER HELL- LAGER – 4.8% – 500ml Bottle – 9
“A product of traditional multiple mashing, Andechser Vollbier Hell presents a bright straw yellow and clear gleaming look that cannot fail to fascinate.
Its head is firm and fine pored. Its aroma is pure and fresh from the cellar, with soft malty accents imbued with floral hoppiness.
Its light and soft body leaves a pleasant, tangy taste in the mouth. The mild sweetness marries well with the velvety bitterness of the hops. It concludes on a rounded, harmonious note.
Andechser Vollbier Hell is therefore a classical Bavarian Vollbier.” – Andechs

ANDECHSER WEISSBIER HELL – HEFEWEIZEN – .5L Draft / 500ml Bottle – 10 / 9
“First, distinctive fruity aromas like banana and honeydew melon come to the fore, followed by fine cloves. Andechser Weissbier Hell is a very tangy, refreshing treat with the conviction of a full, soft body. It concludes on a finely balanced interplay of light sweet honey and a delicate acidity with undertones of bitter hoppiness that quickly subside into a harmonious aftertaste.” – Andechs

“Largest economic operation of the monastery is the Andechs Brewery. It belongs solely to the Benedictine monks of Saint Boniface in Munich and Andechs.

Monasteries have always been spiritual, cultural and economic centers, which were in a lively exchange with their environment. “Ora et labora” is the motto under which the Benedictine according to the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia (480-547) work.

To finance the monks of Saint Boniface and Andechs their farms by the pastoral, cultural and social commitment of the Abbey in Munich and Andechs. This is even more important since the monastery receives no compensation from church tax.

Like all other farms working the monastery brewery profit-oriented and white at the same time the monastic rules of organic and sustainable growth required. On operation of the monastery brewery is clearly: the overflowing technical infrastructure at the Holy Mountain is not aimed at profit maximization, but to the preservation of monastic identity.

The monastery beers brewed in Andechs are the culmination of centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition and ultra modern brewing technology.

They are the ambassadors of traditional Benedictine hospitality, still practiced today, and the monastery’s long history as a place of pilgrimage, without which the brewery would never have come about. Against this backdrop, the Andechs beer specialities provide a “taste” of the successful meld of Benedictine hospitality, Baroque culture, and the Bavarian lifestyle.

In brewing our premium beer, we exclusively use high quality Bavarian ingredients. In addition, we give our beer specialities plenty of time to develop their aromas.

Over 100,000 hectolitres of beer are brewed each year at the foot of the Holy Mountain.” – Andechs website

Gnome Week at La Trappe Cafe

19 09 2013

Brass Chouffe

Saturday 09.21.2013
Chris Bauweraerts founder of
La Chouffe brewery will be making
an appearance at La Trappe Cafe
this Saturday to end  Gnome Week 2013.



What to Expect:
La Chouffe Swag
Discounts on All La Chouffe Brews on Tap
Discounts on Duvel – Ommegang on Tap
Food Specials from the La Chouffe recipe book!
Friendly visit and toast with Chris from La Chouffe Brewery

5pm to Close – La Chouffe and Duvel Moorgat Draft Specials
6pm to Close – Special food menu with Brasserie d’achouffe recipes
La Chouffe Prawns – Chouffard Meatballs – La Chouffe Pork Chop

 – Chris Bauweraerts Arrival – Meet and Greet
10pm La Chouffe Toast with Chris
12pm The Gnomes return home to make more beer.

La Chouffe

Podge Beer Tours Calender

30 08 2013
Hi! All,

We hope you are all well and enjoying the last of the summer. We have been busy with the beer festival season, but here are some updates on future Tours.



Tuesday 1 October – Sunday 6 October 2013

This Tour is now sold out, and we will be emailing all Travellers separately with further news on the detailed itinerary, which are also on our webpage ‘Totally Trappist’. The balance for this Tour is now due so if you are joining us please contact Podge now as to settling up.



Monday 23 December – Friday 27 December 2013

Once again we are enjoying Christmas in Belgium with our Christmas Tour to Bruges and around West Flanders. This Tour has proved increasingly popular and the 2012 tour sold out fast, so if you want to join us then book now. We will again be based at the four star Hotel Academie, near Minnewater in the centre of Bruges. The tour is still taking shape but the itinerary will be something like this:


Make our way to Bruges via a meal at possibly the best bar on the coast den Toogoloog in Middelkerke and brewery visits* and tastings* at the innovative De Leite Brouwerij andBruges’s spanking new Fort Lapin Brewery.


A morning visit to the go ahead new family brewery Vicaris near Dendermonde. Most of the day will spent in downtown Gent armed with a Podge’s Gent Bar Guide.

Christmas Day:

After a late start we head off for a buffet, beer tasting and tour at the excellent Emelisse Brewery just over the Dutch border. We break our journey back to Bruges at a couple of stops including the superb café De Roeland in Sint Laureins with its great beer list, a new stop for our Tours.

Boxing Day:

A rural West Flanders winter café crawl, with our coach to a number of excellent country bars away from the tourist rail, but who have in common a warm Flemish welcome and a great choice of beer. Watch this space!


We make our way back home via the startling new one-man constructed Brewery Toye at Marke near Kortrijk for a look at his incredible installation and tasting room and a taster of his new beer* before we call in at Vanuxeem beer warehouse to fill our boots with beer to take home. There will be a last stop for a meal and a beer on our journey home. This itinerary will change as we get closer to the Tour itself but I hope this outline sets the scene.


The price of this five-day tour is £445 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £128 if you want a room of your own. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller, please contact Podge as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payment of a single supplement. If you would like to secure a place, please send £100 per person deposit to Podge now.



Saturday 1 February – Wednesday 5 February 2014

This Tour takes in the annual Bruges Beer Festival as well as getting us out and about further afield in Flanders. It has recently been announced by BAB, the Festival organisers, that the festival has been so successful that they needed a bigger venue and have found one, still in the town centre, being the Beurshalle just off ‘t Zand Square. For this Tour we will be staying in the comfortable four star Hotel Academie near Minnewater and only a short stroll from Bruges Beertje.  Our stay in Bruges will give us time to visit all the sights, the bars of Bruges and the Beer Festival itself and we will also have the opportunity to experience some visits to breweries and cafes outside Bruges in our coach and are planning some unique beer events in the city and elsewhere.


We are now announcing the price of this five-day Tour as £445 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £128 if you want a room of your own. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller, please contact Podge as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payment of a single supplement. If you would like to secure a place, please send £100 per person deposit to Podge now.



Saturday 26 April – Wednesday 30 April 2014

The Annual Zythos Beer Festival is now well established in its great new venue in Leuven and this tour coincides with that greatest of all Belgian Beer Festivals.  We will spend two nights in the excellent Hotel Novotel Leuven Centrum followed by a two night stay in the majestic city of Antwerp, so we get a chance to sample the great beer and nightlife of these two famed Flemish cities. Our base for two nights in Antwerp is the newly revamped Hotel Ibis Antwerpen Centrum. More details of visits on this Tour and the Tour price will be issued later in the year.



Thursday 22 May – Monday 26 May 2014

This will be our fifth Beer & Battlefields Tour. Once again our guide Siobhan McGinn will be taking us to some well known and some less well known sites to explain their significance in the Great War and also behind the lines to share the latest on her research subject, Beer on the Western Front. We are again based at the Oude Abdij Hotel in Lo-Reninge and will visit some local breweries and some brand new sites which we will have access to for the first time. We are at present working on an Yser river cruise on the Yserstar Boat which has a bar onboard and which will be stocking some special beers just for us. The boat sails from Nieuwpoort to Diksmuide along the 1914-1918 Belgian- German frontline, passing many crucial historic sites along this important river which halted the German advance in this area of the Western Front.  This Tour will also incorporate some visits in the centre of the Salient, with a Ypres Ramparts walk which includes a visit to the new brewery and café in the Casemates and we will hear about the famous trench magazine The Wipers Times, which was printed in Ypres Casemates when the officers from the Sherwood Foresters were stationed there. More details of visits on this Tour and the Tour price will be issued later in the year.


Thursday 18 September – Monday 22 September 2014

This five day tour is based around Poperinge (‘Pops’ to First World War British soldiers) which is famous for its hops. We will focus on the hop plant and explore its relationship with beer in the Westhoek hop-growing country, staying at the friendly Oude Abdij Hotel in Lo-Reninge. This Tour coincides with the famous Poperinge Bier- en Hoppefeesten which runs from 19-21 September 2014 and for the first time Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours will be taking in this festival of all things hoppy. We might even manage a beer or two as well as fitting in a visit to a couple of hop farms and a number of breweries. More details of visits on this Tour and the Tour price will be issued later in the year.


Thursday 23 October – Wednesday 28 October 2014

We are currently planning this very special centenary tour and have chosen October since the front line in the Great War in October 1914 had moved north to settle around the Ypres Salient in Belgium. We will be visiting some of the most historic sites exactly one hundred years on and will take in places connected with the first engagement of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) with the German Army, the First Battle of Ypres (19 October – 22 November 1914),  the one hundredth anniversary on 29 October 2014 of the opening of the locks and sluice gates at the Ganzepoot in Nieuwpoort by Hendrik Geeraert, local skipper, which flooded part of the Westhoek and stopped the German advance in this tiny corner of Belgium. The commemorative events coincide with the opening in October 2014 of a 10 million Euro visitors centre at the Goosefoot complex itself in Nieuwpoort. We are planning plenty of other visits and events, including a visit to Mons and the sites connected with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) retreat from Mons and stand at Le Cateau. This Tour will be guided by Siobhan McGinn who should have just handed in her dissertation for her Masters Degree in British First World War Studies by this date!  For this special six day Tour we will be based in the heart of the immortal Salient in Ypres at the luxury Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields. We will also call in at the excellent Poperinge Beer Festival which coincides with this Tour and take in some of the Great War sites in this town so special to the BEF. Because of the nature of this Tour, its Centenary timing and its length, the Tour will be more expensive than our other Tours, but is a unique opportunity to visit and join in the commemoration of this special event in world history. More details of visits and the Tour price will be issued later in the year.


For those who need to plan their Christmas leave well in advance our five day Christmas 2014 Tour is likely to start on Monday 22 December 2014.


Included in the cost of our Tours are:

  • Hotel accommodation and breakfasts.
  • Luxury coach travel on a 49+ seater coach with toilet.
  • Pick up from Ipswich (Crown Street Layby), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road).
  • Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel. 
  • All Brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings.
  • Entrance fees to all group attractions, museums and historical sites.
  • All items marked with an asterisk on individual detailed tour itinerary.
  • Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guide & Map for the town or city where we stay or spend some time on Tour.
  • Free still and sparkling water on the coach.


Personal insurance is not included but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Office. If you would like to join us on any of the above tours or if you need more information please contact Podge on 01245 354677 or email podgehome@blueyonder.co.uk. Places are limited to the number of rooms booked, so book early to avoid disappointment.



Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

Driving people to drink since 1994


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Peak Organic – Espresso Amber Ale – Celebrating Local, Delicious, and Fair Trade Ingredients

30 08 2013

Peak Organic Logo

Peak Organic is a small brewing company dedicated to making delicious organic beer using the world’s best ingredients in Portland, Maine.  Peak Organic Brewing, producers of gourmet, certified organic ales, has collaborated with like-minded small businesses and non-profits to create a delicious Espresso Amber Ale.
The Espresso Amber Ale is a flavorful, robust ale with toasty notes from the espresso in the front palate that delicately
compliment the sweeter notes from the malts in the back palate

“Our Espresso Amber Ale is a celebration of tasty, local ingredients and organic, fair trade practices,” said Jon Cadoux from Peak, a passionate craft beer brewer. “As foodies, we’ve always appreciated hand-crafted coffee roasters, so we jumped at the opportunity to work with our friends down the street at Coffee By Design, who craft amazing coffee. We feel like this is more than just a delicious craft beer, but also a positive experience from start to finish, farm to glass”  Geoff Masland from Peak.


Poperinge Beer Festival 2013

23 08 2013

Poperinge Beer Festival 2013 Click Here!

This is a great little beer festival in the wonderful West Flanders Hop Farming town of Poperinge.
From great Bed and Breakfasts with a real Flemish flavor to High End Hotels such as the Belfort
in the center of town.

Some local brewers are St. Bernardus, Van Eeke and the new organic hop brewery of  De Plukker  with Westvleteren, Mont des Cats,  DeStruise and DeDolle Brouwers close by.

Visit such places to eat as Flou’s eet  – & Praatkaffee and Cafe de la Paix.

Or just go check out the Hop farms and the Hop Museum that are both spectacular.

Feestdag Nationaal at La trappe Cafe

20 07 2013

We will be opening at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday July 20th
to celebrate Belgian Independance Day or Feestdag.
Small plates menu, draft and bottle specials all day and night.

Kitchen opens at 5pm for normal service.

9pm we will be popping a 9 liter bottle of Val Dieu Grand Cru to toast
the new King Philippe and his Queen Mathilde.

Bit of History

Belgium claimed independence from the Netherlands on October 4, 1830.
Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld took the oath as first king of the Belgians on July 21, 1831.

Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant (French: Philippe Léopold Louis Marie,
Dutch: Filip(s) Leopold Lodewijk Maria; born 15 April 1960) is the heir apparent to the crown of Belgium,
as the eldest child and eldest son of King Albert II and Queen Paola. He is married to Mathilde d’Udekem d’ Acoz
(now Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant). The eldest of their four children, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium,
will become the heir apparent after the ascension of Philippe to the Belgian throne, which puts her in line to be
Belgium’s first female monarch.

On July 3, 2013, King Albert announced that he will abdicate the throne on 21 July due to health reasons,
and that Philippe will succeed him as the next King of the Belgians.

Come and celebrate with La Trappe Cafe for Belgian Independance Day this Saturday July 20th, 2013,
since it will be the 21st in Belgium, to celebrate the reign of the New King Phillipe or Filip and Queen Mathilde.
We will open at 2pm with drink specials and a small plates menu, normal food service will begin at 5pm and
a toast to the new King will be around 9pm with a 6 liter bottle of Val Dieu Grand Cru.

We hope to see you here with us on such a historical day in Belgium.

Brouwerij D’Oude Maalderij – Qantelaar

11 07 2013

Maalderij The recipe was developed by four hobby brewers
in Lichtervelde.  The Q refers to the type of beer
(Quadruple) and the ear can also be found on the
logo (barley ears) Due to high demand, the beer is
brewed at ‘Brouwerij Golden Spur in Gullegem.
It is a dark beer withsoft ruby red appearance.
It has a rich aroma of licorice, dried fruit and
malt, caramel, dried fruit, licorice, chocolate
and a subtle hop bitterness.
Together with the creamy texture and long and
slightly sweet roasted aftertaste this beer makes
for a unique experience.

Maalderij Back


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