September 7, 2013 · 11:00 AM
Please read below carefully, as there are some changes regarding logistics compared to previous years!
Dear Bar Trekkers,
Next Weekend is the Brussels Beer Festival in Grand Place. Clearly, Bar Trek needs a presence - We shall go there on Saturday (7th). It takes up the whole of Grand Place, so you can't miss it
Here's the home page for the fest: http://www.belgianbrewers.be/en/events/belgian-beer-weekend-171/
It gets very busy and the best time to go is at the start of the session (hence 11.00am start for me).
Like last year, the plan is to stay until 2pm ish and then review things - I suspect, if still standing, the professional drinkers will move elsewhere (nearby but not so close that we run into other fest escapees)
Clearly, meeting up will be tricky. I'll keep an eye/ear out for calls and texts (0497/053166).
We shall aim to meet at the bottom left corner (please refer to the map below), around stands 30 to 33 & just try to get together as best we can.
We buy beer tokens (plus one for the glass deposit too!) first, then swap those for beer after. There are separate pay desks for those (€ symbols on the map below). Apparently you have to buy 10 beer tokens as a minimum (was this always like that?). Depending on the beers you get this is about 4 beers. Probably some of you don't intend to drink that much, so my plan is to buy a bigger quantitiy of beer and glass tokens in advance, which you can then get from me, in case you only intend to drink a few beers. When those run out, I suggest you pair up with somebody else, and 1 person gets the tokens. In any case, please check in with the group first, before going to the pay desks! That way we can avoid that everyone is buying too many tokens. Let's see how it goes... Furthermore, it seems the pay desks will be open for some time already on Thursday and Friday, so probably will be less queues then.
Weather forecast looks ok-ish at the moment, will keep an eye on it and update as needed.