Tomorrow, July 3rd, we kick off our Pints for Prostates promotion for 2013! Last year we were able to raise almost $24,000 and this year we plan to beat that record for this great cause! With special donations from Belukus Importing, Wetten Importing, DuvelUSA, and Mannekin Brussels Imports we are teaming up once again with beertrips.com and Pints for Prostates to raffle off one hell of a trip! All you have to do is come in anytime between July 3rd and July 24th and get your hands on a raffle ticket. The easiest was to acquire a ticket is come in on a Wednesday and buy our featured brewery night glass that comes with a raffle ticket. Careful, only 144 glasses will be available so get there before 7pm. You can also make a donation and receive raffle tickets during those Wednesdays or any other day before the 24th.
Last year our trip was entirely focused on Belgium, this year will include Amsterdam, Cologne and Dusseldorf as well as Brussels. See below for a guest blog entry from one of last years winners Dave Haake:
“It pays to drink good beer with good people.
I was fortunate enough to win a trip last September to Belgium for 2 for 7 days by drinking beer. Virtually everyone I have told that to has asked for an explanation, so here it is. On the 4th of July I went to my favorite Kansas City bar, the Flying Saucer, for a beer. The bartender, Jim, explained that they were teaming with Pints for Prostate Cancer and Beer Trips, beertrips.com, to give away a trip to Belgium for 2 for 7 days and all you had to do was drink a Belgium pint of beer to enter. Sounded like a good cause and I like Belgium beers, so of course I participated and bought a couple of extra tickets for good measure, again a good cause so why not.
Fast forward to August and I get a phone call saying I won and I am having a tough time believing that it’s true. Well it was true and after several of my guy buddies tried to convince my wife that they should go instead of her, my wife and I had tickets in hand for Belgium. There were 16 of us on the trip, with 7 of us being Flying Saucer regulars (the other 9 didn’t have a Saucer close, like Australia).
After an evening of introductions, over beer and a classic Belgium diner we were off and running. Beer Trips really has this down to a science. We had a great time touring the different brewery’s including Chimay, Cantillon, Duvel-Moortgat, Bockor and Rodenbach along with several tasting rooms, other brewery’s and beer diners. Belgium was beautiful with a very interesting history and we had walking tours of each of the cities we went to, complete with stops for refreshments along the way. We got to tour Gent, Brussels and Brugge complete with a guide and beer. All of the hotels we stayed in were very convenient to the city, so we had extra free time to see the sites. We had a great time with everyone on the trip and have met several people that we continue to stay in touch with.
After 7 days in Belgium I had tried 95 different beers and was not the winner of trying the most. A young lady from San Francisco was at 125 different beers for the week, so needless to say, there are lots of options. There is a bar which we visited several times that is in the Guinness book of World Records for serving over 2004 different beers. So it will take a few more trips to try them all.
My wife really wasn’t sure she wanted to take the trip if as she put it “All we are going to do is drink beer all day”. After we got back she had so much fun, she has started forwarding me possible trips for another beer trip in the future. It really was as advertised and yes I really did win a trip to drink beer, by drinking beer. So drinking at the Flying Saucer does pay!
I might just head there right now, as I am getting a little thirsty after writing this.
David Haake, KC MOU #0568″