Beer & Soccer Series: What’s Your Yankee Brew?

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Kyle Beckerman Pale Ale

(Can someone Facebook this sucker….we need more input!)

If you remember, the genesis of our beer series was a little spat my brother and I had in the comments section about who was the expert of what? From those handbags, came the dawn of the great “Beer & Soccer Review” Series on TSG as well as the second installment today.

For those that missed our first installment, it’s going to be tough to beat. Kyle Beckerman’s very-own Pale Ale….we’ll try our best. (By the way, when we gave the beer to Kyle he walked away and said to Geoff Cameron, “Dude! I have my own beer!”)

We’ve composed a panel of experts–minus the TSG crew on hand–to help us select the appropriate brew for the appropriate USMNT event.

Need a bevy recommendation for the next USMNT friendly? Just scroll down here.

Not sure what to stock for the June 12th affair with the Queen? Look no further.

First, our panel of experts:

The Free Beer Movement in action....

He’s a man with too many USMNT jerseys. He’s got a blog and a dream…and it has to do with beer. Say hello to Dan from the Free Beer Movement. He’s going to be like the Simon Cowell of this thing; I can feel it. I mean c’mon the guy grew up in Milwaukee and now lives in Texas. Beer, beer, beer!

He owns the only establishment in the greater San Francisco area that carried the English telecast of the States-Honduras qualifier in October….and he’s not even American. Don’t judge him…let him judge something greater than us all. Welcome Steve Pritchard, owner of Danny Coyles in San Francisco’s Lower Haight district.

This next guy makes the USMNT his business….no….really….he does. Justin Brunken, the “Vice President” of the American Outlaws. He’s got to know a thing or two about the Stars and Suds, right?

Next up, a bar owner from Chicago who’s got a passion for the Fire….and tweets like someone’s about to break his laptop. This gentleman was the first man to hitch up that Honduras news feed and his bar was nominated for Best Soccer Bar by US Soccer. A TSG howdy to Phil McFarland of SmallBar.

And playing sweeper, you have the The Shin Guardian crew, Matthew and Mark…..whose knowledge, or precisely lack thereof, is about to get exposed.

A single formula of situation, then recommendation and away he go:

• Drinking Away A Bitter Loss to Mexico

Looks like p*ss, smells like p*ss, tastes like p*ss....Tecate?

Matthew, TSG: I’ll kick it off……harkening back to the USMNT’s most recent excursion to the Azteca when beer and piss (sometimes indistinguishable in both color and taste…I presume) were unleased on Landon Donovan on a 2nd half corner kick, I basically go with something as opposite to a beer that would be draught in Mexico as possible. So give me a Beamish or Guinness. Give me a Beamish….I don’t like this tradition of losing.

Phil, SmallBar: Absolutely no Mexican beer or tequila gets sold to anyone if we lose to Mexico. We won’t sell it. So that’s out. (We also banned sales on Czech beers for a while during World Cup ’06)

Steve, Coyles: If you can’t beat them… join them… they don’t drink Corona much down there… make the more refined choice and bemoan poor refereeing decision while downing a Negra Modelo.

Dan, FBM: I’d try and have on hand for before, during, and after the most all-American beer that exists.  Something incredibly flavorful that just screams “USA!”  Frank Zappa once said, “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” I think that beer might be Rogue’s American Amber Ale.  It was the “world champ” at the 2005 World Beer Championships and won the “gold” at the 2006 competition. Now that’s a good AMERICAN beer.

After getting sufficiently drunk off of American exceptionalism I’d take a case of Corona out of the closet and work off the frustration of a Mexico loss by taking it out on their beer.

Picture bottle after bottle smashed in a post-match cleansing process to work off any remaining rage. And, yes dear, I’ll go get the mop and broom now that I’m done with my little tantrum.

Mark, TSG: A bitter loss requires a comfort beer, preferably one with a high alcohol content. So, I’m going to the motherland (Poland) and picking the 9.5% ABV, smooth as honey, Zywiec Porter. Order a large and drink slow as the loss to Mexico takes some time to get over.

Justin, AO: Probably a whiskey-vodka here, because I need to forget fast and hard!  I know it’s not beer, but I don’t think beer will get the job done in this case.


• A Visit to USMNT January Camp at Home Depot Center in…uh…January

Steve, Coyles: When there is no real soccer to watch, best to get wasted and tell your friends how much you love them. An IPA perhaps? Big Daddy from SF’s Speakeasy brewery will do the trick.

Justin, AOSierra Nevada Pale Ale, since I won’t be tailgating (security and rules on tailgating suck there), I can have myself a good bottle of a
California hoppy beer, at the local Off Campus Pub, across the way. Which is where I will be for before the upcoming LA friendly.   And I love my IPAs.

Dan, FBM: I haven’t tried them yet, but in light of their call ups to the January camp I’d love to get my hands on the Die Hipster Most Valuable Pale Ale series honoring Kyle Beckerman, Eddie Gaven, and Dax McCarthy.  I imagine sitting on the sidelines, listening to Coach Sweatpants bark at the boys, while sipping on a 22 oz of their likenesses would be quite satisfying.

Of course, I can also imagine it being a bit uncouth to be drinking a beer at the HDC training group and quietly being escorted off the premises by security before getting through all three MVP brews.

Mark, TSG: January camp is for the hopeful contributors and for those with something to prove. The beer of choice should steel the nerves and not upset the stomach. It should be bold but not overpowering. For that, I go with an American original, Anchor Steam.

Phil, SmallBar: Something easy drinking and kind of low ABV like a Lagunitas Pils. With none of the real starters there, the level of play is gonne be kind of disappointing and/or boring, there’s no point in getting too big a buzz or drinking anything too crazy.

Dufresne's crew...knocking back Fuller's 1845

Matthew, TSG: Well, when TSG went to camp it was a muggy day. Those allowed into practice are sequestered in a small area off to the corner and guarded by the press officer. Conversely, though sunny and hazy, we’re talking about a camp in the middle of January, not August and we’re talking about sun glorious sun, not sleet and snow.

So in a nod to the liberation, a la Shawshank, of wrongly imprisoned citizens, I am going with a celebration ale and my favorite is Fuller’s 1845. It’s about the only time I can sneak an English batch in here for a USMNT beer piece.


• Settling into your standard, garden-variety USMNT friendly

Phil, SmallBar: I go for size of brew when I’m watching a game since it’s usually busy and you’re better off not needing a server too often for a refill. Liter mugs of a lager like Carlsberg of Hofbrau. Awesome. A 16oz can of the official beer of US Soccer, Budweiser will do in a pinch … but only in a big boy can.

Justin, AO: For all US games, it’s Pabst Blue Ribbon.   It’s always PBR if I can help it.  This is my beer of choice, it always has been. When I walk into a bar, they just hand me one, because they know.  I also consider it my lucky beer for US games, and I would surely not want to jinx it. For the occasional morning game, you just add orange juice to your PBR, and there you go, your morning vitamins too.  You never want to not drink during a US game.

Matthew, TSG: Again I’m sticking with something lighter. At the beginning of the game, I’m very invested in the data coming across the screen and the entire pitch as oppose to focusing on the run of play (as I tend to do towards the end of the game.)

Questions like, who’s positioned where…is the USMNT coming out attacking? Where are Mikey B and Rico situated…are the first offensive forays long balls over the top or passing in concert up the wing? Are Spector and Gooch communicating? Is one of Dempsey’s (hip, hip, hooray on the news man) socks already by his ankle?

With beers I typically burn out on favorites in a year or less and may gradually come back to them. Well, the Scrimshaw Pilsener-style brew from North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg, NorCal has been my favorite beer for over two years now. It’s solid, does not pop our taste buds like a Belgium. In short, it’s not a distraction from the game and it’s pure quality. A perfect brew, and not only for your run-of-the-mill friendly.

TSG just did a controversial piece on selecting a different nickname for the USMNT, well I might spark controversy again and suggest that Scrimshaw become the official All-American brewski.

Its got a Czech name, its owners are from Belgium, yet it's still All-American? (And don't answer St. Louis folk.)

Steve, Coyles: Has to be a quintessential yank beer. I don’t care if you have a refined palate, this is definitely a “God Bless America” moment. Gotta go with a Bud!

(Note from Matthew: Hey Steve, you know Bud is now owned by a Belgium company, right?)

Mark, TSG: A USMNT friendly is all about relaxing and watching the boys put on a good show. I like a little flavor and beer that goes well with some snacks. If you don’t follow Dan’s advice for a “friendly” and buy a friend a beer who watches the game with you, I don’t know what to tell you.

I’m buying two easy drinkin’ beers to provide a some refreshment for me and some choice for my homey. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Kona Brewing Company’s Longboard Lager.

Dan, FBM: Given that I’d probably take this game in from the comforts of home it comes down to what we’re feeling that evening.  Lately, the FBM has been loving the simple, yet still hoppy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  Its the perfect beer that you can have several of without getting overloaded with hoppiness from a standard Indian Pale Ale.  Sometime those IPA (which we love) try to knock you on your ass and you can only do one or two, but Sierra Nevada has a good balance. Plus, it’s not all that expensive which is nice when we need to save money to buy others free beer.


• Pre-game warm-up with the American Outlaws in the parking lot

Justin, AO: (How could we not put him at the top of the pecking order on this question.)

That better be a brat since it's not a PBR can....

Pabst Blue Ribbon again, that is my day of game beer of choice. Light, Delicious, and totally American.  You can’t have any heavy beer on game days, if you want to make it through the game and the night.

Matthew, TSG: Well as an elder statesmen, in my opinion, I need to set an example and not get hammered. The TSG community needs me to review the game and give away the Golden Shinnies. But I also don’t want to don a Coors Light in this group and come across like a liteweight–my writing career might be over.

I’m also no Frankie Hedjuk.

So I’m going with a beer that I can almost sip here, has a strong taste and will not be scoffed at, but also one that is not pretentious…that’s the last way I want to come off. Oh, and it certainly has to be American with this crowd.

So I am going with the following set-up….a Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in beautiful Bend, Oregon (home of Mt. Bachelor snowboarding and just down the highway from the Timbers new digs) and I’m going with a very colonial American brew, a Yuengling Lager in my back pocket as the back-up or next choice to support not only the new Philly Union squad, but K.M. Morris who writes on the new MLS squad and hails from Syracuse, NY where I went to broadcasting school.

I get both coasts and gifting that Yuengling to someone is a savvy veteran move.

Mark, TSG: Matthew and I are definitely representing the post-30 crowd here as my first thought was:

What beer won’t get me too hammered before the game?

With that in mind, I am going with the old standby, Bud Light. And I’m bringing it in cans.

Steve, Coyles: Briefly take the Star Spangled Banner bandana from over your mouth and drink a Stella Artois it sure as hell gets the euros crazy before a game.

Bells: Straight out of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Dan, FBM: While Matthew took the high road and declared his intentions to avoid getting drunk the FBM will play yin to his yang. Last time I was at an AO pre-game tailgate was for the US-Costa Rica qualifier and so I’ll use that as a point of reference.

»Step 1: Arrive…. get wrist band for easy access to food and drink.
»Step 2: Load up on goods from the grill…. one must have a strong base for drinking.
»Step 3: Sample from each of the many kegs provided by match day host.  One beer from Guinness, Bell’s Two Hearted, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Leinenkugels, Miller Lite, Bud Light… maybe back for another Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (probably the best beer on the planet).
»Step 4: Hand of Justice…. beer bongs of the crappy stuff
»Step 5: Gin from a bucket
»Step 6: World spinning….. need WATER!
»Step 7: March and sing and cheer like nothing on earth! USA!


• USA vs. England on June 12th

Phil, SmallBar:  Strictly domestic brew, I’ll be going to easy drinking, big portions so I don’t have to fight the crowd to get the next round in. If I were a gamblin man, I’d say 16oz cans of Budweiser again. It’s what I was drinking during the last Honduras WC qualifier … we all know how that worked out and I attribute it to me choice in brew.

Steve, Coyles: I’m English, you’re gonna lose this one… Newcastle all round!

Justin, AO: Well, I’m going to be in South Africa for the game, so I’m not sure what South Africa has for beer, I heard Miller, but I’m not a fan, so
what ever is local, I will take.  Preferable something in a bottle too, just in case things go down, I have something to protect me.

Dan, FBM: After printing out poster-sized version of the American War of Soccer Independence pictures we made to decorate the wall and putting on my suit made entirely out of red, white, and blue fabric we’d settle in for the match with our favorite soccer buddy (you know him as “Nick” on the TSG boards).

Nick loves John Smith’s brews and Newcastle , but since those are English we’ve dumped all that sh*t in the Boston Harbor before the game.  The ultimate slap in the face to the English would be having an American version of their beloved IPAs.  Our are hoppier and, in my opinion, much tastier.  So we’re drinking Stone Ruination IPA the ultimate hop-bomb.  That’ll show those dastardly Brits whose boss.

Maybe....if you are a fan of the French national team (Mimosas to no one's suprise: Paris origins)

Maybe...if you're a fan of Henry and Co. (Mimosas, founded 1925, Paris, FR.)

Matthew: Fullers, St. Peter’s (Damn), Boddington’s go to the floor or out the door.

Newcastle, Dear Steve….”Prepare To Be Relegated!”

The game I believe is an early morning one maybe 10am my time. You know what…I’m not drinking for this one…too nervous…maybe, gulp, a mimosa….calm the nerves, calm the nerves.

C’mon a Mimosa! Pabst Blue Ribbon…in a can.

Mark, TSG: This is when I wish I liked Sam Adams brews so I could evoke some of that revolutionary spirit of our Founding Fathers for this tussle with the crown. Alas, that is not the case. So, I will be toasting the start of World Cup ’10 and the spirit of our hosts with a true wonder-beer, Mac & Jacks African Amber.


• USMNT is locked in a ferocious battle with Germany, Serbia or Ghana in it’s first semifinal game

Dan, FBM: First off…. absolutely no beers from Germany, errrr Serbia (that means no Jelen Pivo by Apatinska Pivara), or double-errr Ghana (that’s right put away the “Star”). We mean business.  It’s hard to admit, but if the Nats are in the semis we might be too nervous to drink.  Either that or I drink because I’m nervous.

Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Honestly, there’s nothing more comforting, and at this point we’re going to need a comfort beer, than a micro-brew from our old home of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We’re partial to Lakefront’s Riverwest Stein. Brewed in the neighborhood we lived in, it’s an amber lager that goes down smooth. Perfect for settling the butterflies (ie getting the butterflies drunk) in our belly.


Matthew, TSG: Can’t talk right now either. You could probably pour me a pint of gasoline and I’d never pick it up or I’d drink it down and wouldn’t know the difference…..well until that Dumb and Dumber moment a little later….you know what I’m talking about.

Mark, TSG: A big beer, so I don’t have to take my eyes off the tube. In the unlikely event of a goal by the bad guys during stoppage time that could potentially cause me to possibly launch my beer across the room…I’m definitely going with a can…a Foster’s oil can.

Justin, AO: I would love to be able to get the Rogue Dead Guy Ale in South Africa, a German Maibock that is made in American, which is the best German-style beer out there.  We can brew beer better than them, and sure enough we can play some soccer better than them.  It also just sounds appropriate for revenge, after the 2002 World Cup.


– Celebrating your squad hoisting the World Cup

Matthew, TSG: Okay, in this case I’m making like Frankie Hedjuk, likely standing on the closest auto to me….and you know what…I’m going with a few of those Miller High Life mini-bottles…easiest way to unleash celebration. Good name for the occasion too.

Phil, SmallBar: I can’t even imagine what I would do if actually won a world cup. I do hope it happens in my lifetime and I should probably cellar something exotic and domestic now so that when the time comes I’m ready with something special.

Dan, FBM: This one is going to require some work and probably lots of “shipping and handling,” but we’d celebrate this momentous event by tracking down the top micro-brews from each host city and cheers-ing to each.  Hopefully our nationwide network of FBMers could help us find all the best host-city based brews. During our celebration tasting we’d book flights and hotels in all the cities for the ultimate FBM road trip!

Steve, Coyles: I understand Miller High Life is the champagne of beers… as Mick Dundee might say… “you can live on it but it tastes like shit”. Note: If one remembers the night of a world cup win, one was not there.

Justin, AO: I probably won’t be drinking any beer at this point, because I will be pouring it on myself and the poor soul who is next to me.  So I will go with Olympia Beer, since it is only water anyways.

Mark, TSG: That beer is getting sprayed all over the place, so whatever beer doesn’t stain the walls? Once things settled down, I’ll settle in with an Oskar Blues Brewery Ten Fidy Imperial Stout. Yeah, Imperial Stout sounds about right. “Imperial” means “regal” or  “grand” while, given the US style of play, the defense will have certainly been “Stout.”

USMNT: Celebration!.......(courtesy: Matt Mathai)


And that’s how we do it. Now gear up for your garden-variety friendly this weekend.

46 responses to this post.

  1. Great recommendations all around. I particularly like Dan’s of the FBM. He seems like a really intelligent, well-spoken, and witty individual. Probably really good looking, too.


  2. Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/01/21 at 7:23 AM

    Thanks for all the recommendations. I’ll have to try some of these, although I’ll probably give many of the ales a pass – I’m not a fan of uber-hoppiness.

    For beer, I drink Guinness mostly, and if it’s a stinkin’ hot day, something lighter like a Modelo Especial or Negra Modelo. I’m also partial to Cesky Budvar.

    When I’m relaxing, savoring yet another American victory, I drink a margarita (yes, the irony just drips) but only a ‘real’ one. No mixes. Just tequila, agave nectar, and lime juice.


  3. I agree an IPA is a good choice vs. England. They invented it, we perfected it. Good beer messaging.

    Rogue’s is definitely a good choice. I’ve got an East Coast microbrew POV here (editors note: the commenter’s Uncle works for Wolavers/Otter Creek) so I’d recommend the Dogfish 60 minute, as long as it’s not been sitting on the shelf too long. As a side note, as the Burlington Brew Fest up in VT a few years back they were fresh-hopping that beer using a pool filter, it was electric. The bottled stuff doesn’t measure quite as well.

    Off topic but I find Chelsea viewing always goes down well accompanied by Otter Creek’s Russian Imperial Stout. Highly recommended and at 10.6% it can stand up to a Champion’s League knockout tie played on a knife’s edge. Personally, I prefer the Bell’s Pale Ale over the Two-Hearted Ale. Vermont’s Trout River Scottish Ale is the best beer in the world – even my wife will drink it and she only does sparkling wine, like they’ve got her tied into an exclusive contract.

    Speaking of the wife, while Scotland failed to qualify, during Australia’s matches I’ll be indulging in some James Boags Tasmanian Lager. Hopefully the ‘Roos won’t be cheated by any Italians this time around.


  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/01/21 at 9:47 AM

    Classic: from Justin above:

    “Preferable something in a bottle too, just in case things go down, I have something to protect me”

    I’m not sure if the fact that the critieria for the brew is a bottle for security reasons is funny or that he thinks that a bottle is going to protect him in whatever situation. :>

    Thanks for everyone’s contributions.

    Too funny, a friend of mine did the original labels for Otter Creek:


  5. Posted by Matt B on 2010/01/21 at 10:14 AM

    Having gone to college in Kalamazoo, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Bell’s. Check out their Porter, Imperical Stout, and Third Coast Old Ale, all three of which are quite delicious.


  6. I believe the answer to the question of World Cup Victory is best summarized by LMFAO “SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS EVERYBODY!!!”


  7. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/01/21 at 11:42 AM

    ***From the North Coast Brewery Brewmaster (Scrimshaw, Thelonious, Blue Star Wheat (Miss Shinguardian’s favorite beer)….just pure class….(thanks Mark!)

    Looks like a great site.

    By the by, Fort Bragg is a big soccer town. We host several big youth and adult league tournaments
    every year for teams from around Northern California. Come see us – write a
    story – drink a few beers with the guys that make the beer. Thanks again
    for featuring us.

    Best regards,


  8. Super sweet article.

    I think I would’ve very much enjoyed taking part in this round table discussion, as the one and only representative of Boots, Sticks, & Controllers.

    Well, I can do the next best thing and formulate my own answers to the questions addressed to the round table, though it won’t be as colorful, because I don’t get out as much as you gentlemen.

    Bitter loss to Mexico = probably PBR, as it’s inexpensive. Therefore, you can economically drink enough to come close to wiping away the shame that comes with losing to El Tri.

    Visit to USMNT Footy day camp = Well, beers after only, after all I’d be making my best attempt at actual journalism. With that said, I’d probably go with Lagunitas IPA.

    USA general friendly = Stella would be good in this scenario.

    American Outlawas pre-match = PBR. When with the Outlaws, do as the Outlaws do…

    ENG v USA 6/12/10 = Pick a country that has no love for the British Empire – then drink that beer…it’s a pretty long list, they better at conquering than making friends. I would go with either Tennent’s , or Guinness. It’s pretty easy to do this with Germany for as history has recorded, they wore out their welcome in Europe…twice.

    v. Germany, Serbia, or Ghana = Stella or Zywiec (though the porter is too heavy for matchday really). It’s cool that you Zywiec. I grew up in Riverhead, NY a/k/a Polish Town USA. At Polish Town fair, the Polish Town Civic Association was serving pint bottles of Zywiec. Crisp and always tasty.

    USA hoists World Cup trophy = American produced champagne is the only appropriate beverage for an occasion of this magnitude. Perhaps Korbel wouldn’t be a bad choice.


  9. Bitter Loss to Mexico – Something comforting would be needed and Guinness is just the sort of big soft hug for the bowels that I would be looking for.

    Camp Cupcake Practice – For this I would go with Summit’s Extra Pale Ale. To steal a line from Patton Oswald (he was referring to Guinness on tap in Dublin)– it’s like a cupcake-handjob sandwich.

    USMNT Friendly – If I had my choice, John Smith’s Extra Smooth, but since that isn’t carried anywhere over here that I’ve found, I’ll go with a Smithwicks or 12. It’s like Guinness’s skinny friend.

    AO Pre-Game – Kegstands of whatever they have on tap, even the heavy stuff.

    USA vs. England – Sam Adams Boston Lager, followed by whatever the Sam Adams Homebrew winners for the year had concocted (they’re usually intriguing). Side note, I had a [green]Grape Pale Ale from their Homebrew contest and it was fantastic, hoppier than hell with a very subtle after-taste of green grape to cleanse the palette.

    First Semi-Final of a WC – just to piss on the German’s for “that incident” in 2002, I’d drink a 3L glass boot full of Lakefront Riverwest Stein, sounds German but made in America. It won the Bachelor Party Beer Championship of 2008, beating out 63 worth contenders.

    Hoisting the World Cup – A case of shaken up Miller Highlife for spraying, locker room style. Then I’d probably drink a tall frosty Summit EPA again, it’s so damn good.

    As for the Scrimshaw, it’s definitely a solid Pilsner, but in my experience (2008 Bachelor Party Beer Championship again) it leads to 50 year olds belligerently arm wrestling everyone in sight, even the cops.


  10. Bein a Kentucky native and showin the love for the home state…any situation, good or bad, properly calls for a Kentucky Ale.

    Light amber in color, Kentucky Ale owes its unique body and character to select imported malts and a pinch of wheat malt for a rich, smooth taste. The unique body and character of Kentucky Ale is heavily influenced by the water, drawn from aquifers in the limestone rock underlying the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.

    Another favorite:
    When I want to inject some life into my beer, much like how the US injected some life into me and thousands of other fans around the country this past June…a Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat, which follows the centuries old American tradition of brewing beer with native ingredients, in this case Michigan cherries as well as a touch of honey. The sweet fruitiness of the cherries is balanced against the crisp, cereal note from the malted wheat and the subtle citrus flavor from the Noble hops. The end result is a sweet, refreshing beer that is light on the palate but long on complexity.


  11. It saddens me that there have only been 13 responses to this post. FBM and I were planning on picking off some local brews to have a 2010 or 2011 Beer Championship tournament (64 beers NCAA style or 32 Beers WC style, tough choice).


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  13. Posted by Dan on 2010/04/14 at 7:18 AM

    The Hand of Justice is a requirement for all AO Tailgates before matches. I was at the Costa Rica match in DC to experience its glory for the first time.


  14. Posted by Birdie on 2010/05/28 at 6:56 AM

    It should be noted – this is an excellent column/read


  15. Posted by John on 2010/05/28 at 8:53 AM

    As a person who finally came to terms with his inner beer snob, the fact that Newcastle and Stella made this list makes me vomit in a way that cannot be replicated.

    At least Pabst is honest for what it is.

    Lets go on a mental trip down the beer aisle and see what we really have (and get thirsty at the same time)

    Firstly: Every man should have a chuggable beer that defies taste and is cheap. A few quick notes, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light are American Football beers. Lets remember this. There is nothing wrong with them inherently, but upon drinking you should feel that you hate Brett Favre and want to kick a Jets fan in the gonads, not watch Pele work majik down the pitch. Oh and BTW Molson is Hockey time folks, Molson XXX is blackout time. The same goes for Labatts, but not Kokanee which defies taste to sport comparisons, and really should be used for skiing/snowboarding as it tastes great while frozen in the back of your 1985 Nissan Pickup truck and being imbibed on the tailgate.

    In this case you can go with Pabst, Oly, Bud (not bud light), Miller High Life, or Natural Light (ONLY IF YOU ARE IN COLLEGE PEOPLE). No Red Dog, Icehouse, or Natty Ice, for your livers sake.

    John’s Recommendation: Hamms. If you can find it. Goes down smoother than Pabst, tastes slightly better, has a great name, a good mascot, and won’t turn you into a chain smoking fixie hipster like Pabst will.

    Then we need a special preparation or rather a good Tip Off beer.

    This is the beer where the world has converged into your sporting event, you need to balance the taste with the occasion and the occasion is kick off at the first game of the World Cup.

    In this case first and foremost NO ENGLISH BEER. Secondly, Irish whiskey or Scotch is a good pique here, and the Anti-Country drinking that I like. (note: this only applies to Jameson, not Bushmills) Your choice as to whether you can drink German here. Belgian doesn’t count so stay away, the French make good wine but you shouldn’t be drinking wine during a world cup game unless you are IN France and you are trying to impress a nublie waitress named Claudette, and even then you better be watching the game.

    So this rules out: Boddingtons, Newcastle (which is crap), Bass, Fullers, Samuel Smith and all their Queen loving lackeys.

    There are two ways to play this in the beer arena:

    1. Custom AMERICAN brewed beer in a 40oz stash with either a drinkable smash beer (see above list) if things are going wrong, or a good AMERICAN beer (see list below)

    2. 6 pack of good AMERICAN micro-brew on repeat with a celebration 40oz at the tail end.

    Then you have to ask a question…

    Are you a

    Hoppy Guy?

    or a

    Smooth Taste Guy?

    and purchase appropriately.

    First the Hoppy Guy Six Pack List (not complete): Lagunitas IPA, Stone IPA, Stone Ruination IPA, Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA, Deschutes Inversion IPA, Bridgeport Hop King, Red Hook Longhammer, Victory HopDevil, Full Sail IPA, Alaskan IPA, Ninkaski Total Domination, Rogue Yellow Snow, Widmer Broken Halo, Moose Drool IPA

    John’s Hoppy Guy Six Pack Suggestion: Terminal Gravity IPA (from Enterprise OR) Amazingly good beer, goes down far too easy and when drunk you will marvel at the color.

    Hoppy Guy Growler List: Stone Vertical Epic, Hop Stoopid IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale, etc… pick your favorite

    John’s Hoppy Guy Growler Pick: Pliny the Elder. (Yes.)

    Smooth Guy Six Pack List: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Pyramid Hefeweizen (two points for a German recipe American beer), Alaskan Pale, Terminal Gravity ESG, Rogue Dead Guy, Deschutes Mirror Pond, Redhook Blonde Golden, Widmer Hef (another two pointer), Full Sail Amber, Stone Levitation, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, etc..

    John’s Smooth Guy Six Pack Pick: Lagunitas CENSORED Copper

    For a world cup win: Everything.


    Whatever you have in the kitchen, the sink , the table, the store.
    I’ll be throwing back highballs of Carlo Rossi Blush in one hand and doubling that up with a IPA/Stout like Brewdog/Stone’s Bashah.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/28 at 9:02 AM

      This is hilarious!


    • This is the greatest comment in the history of beer.

      Important Question: Am I allowed to drink Australian beer during US v England?


      • Posted by John on 2010/05/28 at 9:14 AM

        Really there is too much emotional baggage to drink Australian during the US vs England. What you are essentially saying to the beer god is “here is my deposed prisoner beer that was derived from people who couldn’t make it over in England because of rampant sheep humping.”

        You are much better off finding some beer that was brewed by the Normans in France and rub the demolition of Anglo Saxon culture in their face!

        But as we all know, there is no good beer from France.

        This same principal is involved with the drinking of Taj Mahal or other Indian beers.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/28 at 9:27 AM

        Tuesday, do you have Australian family ties or did you live there?

        I have never seen VB over here. That’s a good beer.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/28 at 10:41 AM

          By far — and I don’t make blanket statements but I will hear — the best beer in Australia is Little Creatures out of Perth, Australia.

          If Perth were within a solar system of another major city, that beer would take off.


        • Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/05/28 at 7:23 PM

          Yes, Mrs Tuesday is the product of Scottish and Australian parents. Haven’t lived there yet but it’s next on the list.

          Anyways, I’m toying with the idea of a Harpoon special barrel ESB single-hopped with a new American varietal to kick things off with a bang before heading over to an IPA for the exact reason i mention above and John hits on below:

          IPA – invented by the English, perfected by us Americans.

          Picked up some North Coast Red Seal tonight for tomorrow’s pregame.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/29 at 4:15 AM

          Scotland and Australia? Two of England’s biggest sporting enemies!


    • John, great stuff:)

      I’m a fan of wits and hefeweizens so I’ll have to give the Pyramid Hefeweizen a shot. I’m a fairly light drinker (usually just a beer or two) but my current fave is Two Jokers Double Wit from Boulevard in Colorado, great stuff if you’re into that type of brew.


      • Posted by John on 2010/05/28 at 10:17 AM

        Given the choice between the Pyramid Hef and the Widmer Hef I would pick the Widmer. That said, they all pale in comparison to true German Hef’s but those are hard to get our hands on. (Unlike American Hef who loves to get hands on him)


  16. Posted by John on 2010/05/28 at 9:10 AM

    A few words of note now on the above diatribe.

    1. IPA is indeed formulated from English recipes, but basically we took that recipe and made it better. Much like what we are going to be doing with soccer in the next few years.

    2. Country Based Drinking is INDEED fun, but remember a few things. Not all countries drink beer. (SHOCKING) The countries that DO drink beer have beer that you probably can’t get here. (see Chile: Escudo and Crystal) However there is nothing completely wrong with drinking local liquors (if found)

    This is of course why I support Chile in the upcoming world cup as my alternate team to follow. Because I have a place where I can slam back Pisco Sours, and Pisco and Cola while belligerently attempting to yell curse words in Spanish.

    Either by anti-drinking a country (German against England) “Schorschbock” (which incidentally will probably make you blind and can only be countered by Sink the Bismark! which is actually Scottish) or supporting your adopted country (Pacifico, Sol or Tecate , not Corona) drinking while watching the world cup can be a supportive and fun experience.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/28 at 9:21 AM

      I was going to make a comment on hating the English but loving the IPA. Newcastle Brown Ale is a great no-frills beer. But State-side (especially in NYC), it definitely makes a hipster statement. I am surprised that there in no mention of Harpoon beers, (but maybe that a little bias from me, having lived in Boston for 5 years) or Saranac…

      I used to turn my nose up at ‘cheap-American’ beers such as Bud, Miller et al. But I realise that they serve a purpose and there’s a time and place.


      • Posted by John on 2010/05/28 at 9:25 AM

        I do have a certain left coast bias in my drinking, as that is primarily where my drinking has taken place. So while I would love to recommend Harpoon or any of the NE beers I just haven’t had them and can’t.


      • Posted by kaya on 2010/05/28 at 11:10 AM

        IPA’s are all the rage these days, but I think it’s because they’re so hopped up that they can “hide” the high alcohol content. Same thing for belgians and their sweetness.
        For the record, I like the latter and only tolerate the former.
        I’ve always been a big fan of the anchor porter. It’s a simple and tasty porter though damn hard to find considering it’s made here in SF. I’d happily drink it for all the above scenarios.
        How do you like Brooklyn Brewery beers, George? It’s been too long since I’ve been back to have any, but I recall liking their wheat and porter. Too bad alcohol distribution in this country is such a mess.


        • Posted by John on 2010/05/28 at 11:21 AM

          I would say that there are local predilections when it comes to the beer that shows up on your shelves. When living in OR, I found that there were more IPA drinkers, ESB, and specialty beers. In CO I have found more Stouts and Lagers.

          In OR they have a great climate to grow hops and you see the local availability trends itself into the production of hoppy beers. Not to mention the fact that the “atmosphere” (of at least Portland and Eugene) supports this as well. Local breweries like Amnesia and Labrador brew many different kinds of beer that you can’t even get out of state usually. There also seems to be more honey and orange flavored beers here as well, although I have found that this isn’t specifically locally dependent as Dogfish head has a Rasberry infused ale.

          This is the same (local differences) of the Right Coast beers which I would love to taste, but having not lived there I choose not to describe their beers based on the Sam Adams I have had from time to time.

          Of course the answer to the question “What do I drink during a footy game?” Is “A Beer.”


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/29 at 4:30 AM

          Kaya: I love Brooklyn Brewery itself. The beers are great, especially their all-year-round beers. Saying that, I am quite partial to their Summer Ale It’s funny that even though they’re local, not many pubs sell Brooklyn beer.

          The Brewery itself is a pain in the arse to get to, is isolated and gets too busy / takes too long to get said great beer (you need a Japanese inventory management sytem). Saying that, I have yet to go this year, but I will – even though the local skinny-jean-wearing hipsters don’t like Manhattan residents in their parts…


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/29 at 4:14 AM

      “IPA is indeed formulated from English recipes, but basically we took that recipe and made it better. Much like what we are going to be doing with soccer in the next few years”

      Re. the 2nd sentence, you must be drinking too much of said IPA just like USSF Vision 2010!


  17. Posted by John on 2010/05/28 at 10:10 AM

    And now….

    How about a drinkers guide to beers from the qualified World Cup Teams. Some I have tried, quite a few I have not. Those that have, could educate us all on their preferred Slovenian beer.

    Australia – People would filet me if I said Fosters (which is Australian for Paul Hogans Urine) so VB?
    Japan – Kirin
    Korea Republic – Cass
    Algeria – Smoke em if you got em?
    Cameroon – “33”
    Côte d’Ivoire – Mamba
    Ghana – Star
    Nigeria – Star Lager
    South Africa – Castle Lager
    Honduras – Imperial
    Mexico – Pacifico
    United States – Too much to choose but for me… Terminal Gravity IPA
    Argentina – Quilmes
    Brazil – Skol
    Chile – Crystal
    Paraguay – Pilsen
    Uruguay – Patricia
    New Zealand – Lion Red Beer
    Denmark – Carlsberg……. just kidding… How bout.. Ceres Strong Ale
    England – Boddingtons. (I like it, so there.) (Although I had a nice Meantime IPA last night that was delicious)
    France – 1664. Ugh. (Really you are better off drinking a nice Cote Du Rhone.)
    Greece – Athenian
    Italy – Peroni
    Netherlands – Grolsch (but realistically my exposure to good Dutch beer is limited and unless you get fresh Heineken it doesn’t travel well)
    Portugal – Super Bock
    Serbia – Jelen
    Slovakia – Golden Pheasant
    Slovenia – Laško
    Spain – Ambar Cerveza Especial
    Switzerland – Lowenbrau Zurich. Just cause.(The problem here is that the last time in Switzerland I had too much to drink to notice what beer it was, and while delicious I am now bereft of knowledge)


  18. Posted by walker on 2010/06/07 at 9:57 AM

    I think you have to go with Shiner Bock for all US World Cup games in honor of our two texans, Dempsey and Torres.


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