World Cup of Beer 2018: Group Stage

The World Cup is already under way which means that the World Cup of Beer has also started. In the first part of this series, which you can find here, I only listed the countries that will participate. But now it is time for everyone to find out what the top-rated beer is for each country in this year’s tournament.

The decisions will be based on the selections from one of three places; the social beer app Untappd, the website RateBeer or BeerAdvocate.

The country group beers are:

Group A:

Russia – Лоботомия 2018 Фронтальная (Lobotomy 2018 Frontal) Triple-Bourbon BA (12.8%) – AF Brew
According to Untappd, this beer is a Spring 2018 release and is aged in three different bourbon barrels, which are Jack Daniels, Heaven Hill and Old Fitzgerald.
Saudi Arabia – Rich Regular (0%) – Al-Amoudi
As consuming alcohol in Saudi Arabia is prohibited this is a non-alcoholic beer.
Egypt – Sakara Weizen (5%) – Al Ahram Beverages Company
Sakara Weizen is an Egyptian styled Hefeweizen.
Uruguay – Breakfast Stout (6%) – Birra Bizarra
Breakfast stout is an oatmeal stout with chocolate, cold brew coffee and aged in French oak.

Group B:

Portugal – Blommer I Madeira (12%) – Mean Sardine Brewery
This is an imperial stout aged in Madeira barrels with plums and it was brewed in collaboration with To Øl.
Spain – Black Block Bourbon Aged (13%) – Cerveses La Pirata
This stout is a bourbon barrel aged version of their Russian Imperial Stout, Black Bock.
Morocco – Casablanca (5%) – Société des Brasseries du Maroc
Casablanca is a European style pale lager.
Iran – Delster Classic (0%) – Iran Behnoush Co.
Like Saudi Arabia, alcohol is prohibited in Iran as this is a non-alcoholic beer.

Group C:

France – Amorena (14%) – La Débauche
A Russian Imperial Stout with Amorena almonds, cherry and oak aged on raspberries.
Australia – Tusk (10.8%) – Feral Brewing Company
An Imperial IPA that has high hop aromatics of mango, citrus and grapefruit.
Peru – Shaman IPA (8%) – Sierra Andina
An IPA that has flavors of mango, grapefruit and passion fruit.
Denmark – Beer Geek Vanilla Shake Barrel Aged Bourbon (13%) – Mikkeller
This is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee and vanilla, then aged in bourbon barrels.

Group D:

Argentina – IPA (6.6%) – Cervecería Antares
This is an American style IPA that has a powerful citrus aroma.
Iceland – Surtur Nr.38 (10.8%) – Borg Brugghús
This beer has an aroma and flavor notes of fire roasted corn, coffee, burnt sugar licorice, a bit of light chocolate, cocoa and vanilla.
Croatia – C4 (6.3%) – Nova Runda
This American style IPA is made with Chinook, Citra, Centennial and Cascade hops.
Nigeria – Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Nigeria) (7.5 %) – Guinness Nigeria
This version of Foreign Extra Stout is made in Nigeria with sorghum instead of barley which gives it a very different taste to the Irish version.

Group E:

Brazil – Overdrive (8.5%) – Hocus Pocus
This beer is a Northeast Double IPA with an aroma of peach, pineapple and passion fruit.
Switzerland – Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (11%) – BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
This sour has one of the highest ABVs that I have ever seen. It’s first aged in old wine oak barrels for one year then different casks are blended together to obtain its complexity of flavors.
Costa Rica – Mamacandela (7.8%) – Treintaycinco
This is a stout that is made with local produced honey and organic cocoa.
Serbia – 02 Kolaboracija Caramel Stout (10%) – Kabinet Brewery
According to Untappd, this imperial caramel stout is aged for almost six months in oak barrels that previously containing Arkanj brandy made by the Kovilj Monastery

Group F:

Germany – Berliner Style Weisse, Brettanomyces Lambicus Special Edition (3%) – Bayerischer Bahnhof Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei
The main fermentation of this Berliner is induced using Bavarian Weizen yeast. The Brettanomyces is added during the secondary fermentation. Afterwards the bottle is conditioned for two months prior to release.
Mexico – Lágrimas Negras (10%) – Cervecería Rámuri
This imperial oatmeal stout contains a blend of malts, toasted oats and cacao.
Sweden – Lorelei (Barrel Aged Extra Maple) (10.5%) – Omnipollo
This porter was made in collaboration with Siren Craft Brew.
South Korea – The Last Train / 막차 (8%) – Magpie Brewing Co.
The Last Train is a winter seasonal beer that has a rich malt character with hints of chocolate, caramel, blackcurrant and cherry.

Group G:

Belgium – Zenne y Frontera (7%) – Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
According to Untappd, “This natural millésime (vintage) beer is a blend of young lambics that have been aged for another 12 months in 40-year-old Oloroso and PX sherry casks.
Panama – Tulivieja (8.4%) – Casa Bruja Brewing Co.
This imperial IPA aroma of pine and citrus with a touch of jam and pineapple.
Tunisia – Celtia (5%) – Société Frigorifique et Brasserie de Tunis (SFBT)
Celtia is a Euro style lager made with imported ingredients.
England – Yellow Belly Sundae (12%) – Buxton Brewery
This imperial stout is made in collaboration with Omnipollo and was brewed with lactose and aged on vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.

Group H:

Poland – Imperium Prunum (11%) – Browar Kormoran
This beer has an aroma and taste of coffee, cocoa, chocolate and chocolate pralines that are lavishly stuffed with liqueur fruit.
Senegal – Bière La Gazelle (4.2%) – Société Des Brasseries De L’Ouest Africain (S.O.B.O.A.)
The Gazelle is a lager that according to Untappd has a very slight lemon taste.
Colombia – Macondo (5.7%) – Bogotá Beer Company
Macondo is a coffee stout that is made with dark malts, Colombian coffee and natural vanilla.
Japan – Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale) (栗黒) (9%) – Miyazaki Hideji Beer Brewery
Kuri Kuro Japanese dark ale brewed with chestnuts.

All six of us from Beer, Bros & BS will now be selecting two countries and their beer to continue to the round of 16. Have you had any of the beers on this list and which countries do you think will make it to the next part of this tournament? Let us know below.



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