Leave our base hotel in Aalst, north of Brussels, bright and early in eager anticipation of a long day. Our first stop is Hanssens to the south of the City. This family brewed lambic until the Germans stole their copper in WW1 and have blended other people's beers ever since with much success.
A short stop here to aclimatise to the sour beers, a small (free) glass of 4 year old Girardin lambic, a quick walk round and back on the bus. There is much ground to cover.