Well, let´s play a little game. World Cup 2014 starts in a few days and billions of people around the world will be watching. And many of them will enjoy a good beer and I have decided to give them tips for at least onde good or at least decent brew from every country playing there. Some will be easy, some will be pretty challenging. So there we go!

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Group A:

Brazil: Eisenbahn Rauchbier – Blumenau – Eisenbahn’s Defumada, very much like the famous smoked lagers of Bamberg, Germany, is brewed with a special, smoked barley malt, giving it a rich, smoky flavor and aroma. A delicious and immensely satisfying lager. “Bottled. A brown beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is slightly smoked combined with light notes of malt, caramel, and rope. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel as well as lighter notes of smoke, and rope, leading to a dry slightly bitter and slightly smoked and toffeeish finish. Too little smoke for my liking.” – Ungstrup

Croatia: San Servolo Svijetlo Pivo – Buje – unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which ensures natural product, rich in vitamins B-complex and refined taste of all the ingredients, pleasant smell of fresh yeast, the fullness of pure malt and all the freshness of hops. Additional fermentation that takes place in the bottle gives this beer naturally occurring carbon dioxide, and a note of floral honey that leaves no one indifferent. “Bottled 500ml. -Courtesy of and shared with Marko (thanks!). Hazy yellow/golden coloured, small to medium sized white head, grassy hoppy nose. Malty, grassy hoppy and mild fruity with slightly too watery finish. Pleasant but could be even better.” – Ogivlado

Mexico: Minerva Stout – Zapopan – Minerva Stout Imperial, nuestro orgullo artesanal, es una cerveza de gran cuerpo, color oscuro, aroma y sabor a cacao y café, estilo sweet stout de fermentación tipo Ale. El sabor amable y redondo de Minerva Stout Imperial se casa a la perfección con sabores dulces como el de las trufas de chocolate amargo o el de el pato confitado con mayonesa ligera de ajo, así mismo es excelente para acompañar carnes rojas en general. “Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, sweet coffee, brown sugar – sweet malt. Initial flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter, finish flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration, sweet burnt, bunrt malt bitter, thin, drk roasted, dark chocolate, choclade beans. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110715]” – fonefan

Cameroon: Beaufort Lager – Douala – Pale Lager – “found in an african shop in my hometown – golden beer with a chaotic foam; notes of paperboard with light aromatic hops; medium-bodied, subtle carbonation and a light harsh bitterness; corny and malty finish – decent” – Bov