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!


Group C

Colombia – BBC Septimazo IPA – Bogota – “Bottle from fonefan tasting. Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy – grass. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 180514” – Rasmus 40

Greece – Santorini Red Donkey – Thira – Amber Ale – Red Donkey, formulated with a combination of malts specifically chosen to produce its chestnut hue, utilizes a different collection of hops – including Aurora and Styrian Golding from Slovenia, Citra from Oregon, and Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand.  Awakened by an alternative type of Belgian-style yeast, the result is fruity, full-bodied and richly colored.  A champagne style bottle completes this elegant offering which will enhance any fine dining experience. “330ml bottle, L-292/13, ordered from Vinmonopolet bestillingsutvalget, picked up at the Langnes store. Clear golden-brown body, very hazy last pour with sediments. Off-white head, loose glass-lacing. Mild fruity aroma, mandarin and grapefruit, semi-dry. Moderate taste profile containing juicy malts with a twist of herbal hops. Bittersweet endnotes. Medium bodied. Quite smooth and clean in the mouth. Fair enough (Tromsø 11.04.2014).” – Rune

Ivory Coast – Mamba – Abidjan – Premium Lager – Malty, German-style lager from the Ivory Coast, Africa. “This bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to large sized white colored mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was transparent carbonated and orange in color. It had an malty aroma with a hint of orange peel in it and a medium tingly smooth mouth feel with a very light aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mild low alcohol malt liquor that was malty and thin. This Malt Liquor would be good for people wanting an atypical Malt Liquor without the strong Malt Liquor flavor and palate” – thedm

Japan – Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout – Ibaraki – Caramel, roasted, black and chocolate malts provide an explosion of coffee like flavors. The strong espresso character comes from the addition of espresso beans to the boil. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit , cocao and chocolate. The very unusual character of Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout stems from the fact that Kiuchi Brewery is using the recipe of a Russian Imperial Stout as base. Pitch black color, big brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted bitterness, black currants, dark fruits. “12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a light redish rim and a small chocolate brown head. Roasted malt, chocolate and herbal coffee aroma. Dry and dense chocolate malty flavoured with a distinct coffee bitterness coming through. Smooth vanilla notes too. Ends slight herbal and roasted coffee flavoured and bitter. Chocolate into the very far finish.” – yespr