​Discover why Belgian Beer is not Just for Men when you Hop across the Channel with DFDS

60% of Belgians believe beer is equally right for men and women.

Book a return crossing on Dover-France route from £64 and receive free 6-pack of Flanders Beer!

Award-winning ferry operator, DFDS, is offering passengers on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes the chance to sample one of Belgium’s finest beers when they book a return crossing before July 4.

To book your return crossing from £63 return, use offer code EBEER2 and you will be eligible to receive a free pack of six Affligem beer when you present your booking confirmation and car hanger at the onboard shop. The beer is from a popular Flemish brewery, which was the first to use hops in its beer.

If you thought that beer is just for men, you might be surprised to learn that many Belgian breweries are run by women, including De Ryck brewery and Ter Dolen Castle brewery. In fact, women have played a major part in the history of beer: the discovery of the brewing process has been traced back to the 6000 BC in Babylonia. All the brewers at that time are thought to have been female and brewing beer was considered a noble task for women from privileged backgrounds.

This close association continues today. A recent survey of 1,000 women* from Belgium revealed that half of them drink beer and 89% are proud of their Belgian beer. Almost two thirds (60%) of those surveyed believe that beer is equally right for men and women.

Beer is surprisingly low in calories, with 25cl of beer totally as little as 103 calories; which is less than milk (118 calories), or apple juice (120 calories). It does, however, help stimulate your appetite and many Belgians drink beer instead of wine with their food.

Beer cuisine

DFDS’ top five Flemish foods best accompanied by beer:

  • Stoverij – Flemish beef stew, cooked with beer
  • Cheese – many brewers also produce cheese
  • Hutsepot – a “hotchpotch” dish of boiled potatoes and vegetables cooked in a single pot
  • Waterzooi – Flemish stew, typically originating in Ghent, made with fish or chicken
  • Stoemp – mashed potatoes/other root vegetables, typically with onion/shallot/bacon and cream

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS, comments, “With over 1,000 varieties of Belgian beers being produced today, it’s good to see that craft beer still makes up an important part of this industry. One of the great advantages of taking your car over to Belgium is that you’re able to stock up on your favourite Flemish beer and food without worrying about luggage restrictions.”

Whether you’re a beer enthusiast, or looking to sample Flemish food and beer for the first time, Belgium is just a short hop from the port of Dunkirk in Northern France. DFDS sails from Dover to Dunkirk up to 12 times daily, and up to 10 times a day to the nearby port of Calais, just 30km from Dunkirk. 

To book your short break to Belgium now, or for more travel inspiration visit http://www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 521 5522.

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For media enquiries contact:

Caroline Walker 01732 779087 / dfdspr@westgatecomms.com

Notes to Editors

*Survey quoted is from survey from Apéro National (http://pers.vlam.be/nl/pers/detail/4908/vrouwen-en-bier-de-perfecte-match)

Beer offer on Dover-France routes

This offer must be booked before July 4, using code EBEER2 and is available on return bookings of five days or more for cars and up to nine people and motorcycles / motorcycles with side cars with up to two people. £50 supplement applies to bookings made on the day of travel. £20 amendment fees apply each way. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer not available on the following dates: 23, 24, 25, 31 July, 1, 22, 24, 29, 30, 31 August.

​​​Prices are subject to availability and offers may be withdrawn at any time. Telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions​ apply.

About DFDS

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last four years (2011-14), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2014 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes.  It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk.


We are Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2019 & the World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2018!​​