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Euro 2016 - Wish you were beer

I am considering trying a beer or two from each of the 24 nations of Euro 2016 during this summer's tournament, possibly during each team's match.

I might rate them against their opponents etc too, if I fancy 102 beers in a month and can find at least 3 for Albania!!

So, any recommendations from each country of nice beers that are reasonably easy to get hold of?

If so, please cut and paste the list from the last post above yours to add to it as we go along, underneath your post detailing a bit about the beer(s) you're recommending.

Cheers.

Albania -
Austria -
Belgium -
Croatia -
Czech Republic -
England -
France -
Germany -
Hungary -
Iceland -
Italy -
Northern Ireland -
Poland -
Portugal -
Republic of Ireland -
Romania -
Russia -
Slovakia -
Spain -
Sweden -
Switzerland -
Turkey -
Ukraine -
Wales -
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  • edited June 2016
    Republic of Ireland - smithwicks/guiness/kilkenny/creans
    Spain - cruzcampo

    http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk/albania only list 2 options for albania and both out of stock.

    bit of a google came up with korca as there most popular.
  • Iceland - Einstök
    Czech Republic - Pilsner Urquell/Budva
  • Heres a few off the top of my head, the Croatian ones are what I remember drinking in Dubrovnik whilst Sweden I only really remember cider.

    Croatia: Karlovacko, Ozujsko

    Sweden: Rekorderlig, Kopperburg

    Belgium: Duvel, Frülli, Leffe

    Czech: Staropramen

    Wales: I think there's some nice Welsh ciders that may be worth a go.

    Northern Ireland: not a clue, other than Bushmills Whiskey

    Sounds like a brilliant game!
  • edited June 2016
    Adding a couple in myself too:

    Albania - Korca
    Austria -
    Belgium - Duvel, Frülli, Leffe
    Croatia - Karlovacko, Ozujsko
    Czech Republic - Pilsner Urquell, Budva, Staropramen
    England -
    France -
    Germany - Bitburger
    Hungary -
    Iceland - Einstock
    Italy -
    Northern Ireland -
    Poland -
    Portugal - Sagres, Superbock
    Republic of Ireland Smithwicks, Guinness, Kililkenny
    Romania -
    Russia -
    Slovakia -
    Spain - Cruzcampo
    Sweden -
    Switzerland -
    Turkey - Efes
    Ukraine -
    Wales -
  • Ciders would definitely be cheating!!
  • poland - tyskie, lech
  • wales - brains

    realising how much of a pisshead i sound listing all these.
  • wales - brains

    realising how much of a pisshead i sound listing all these.

    Good call, love their beers.
  • Spain - Cruzcampo

    Alhambra Reserva 1925 is very nice. Comes in a green bottle, think they sell it in Lewisham (and presumably other) Tescos. 6.4% but doesn't taste that strong, stop at 2 though.

    If you happen to go past Shepherds Off Licence opposite Blackheath Station, or Lee Off Licence, they both have a decent selection of random foreign beers.
  • edited June 2016
    Was in Slovakia on the weekend. Zlatý Bažant is their biggest beer brand so probably easiest for you to find. Thought it was alright for a run of the mill mass produced brand. They also had the Czech beer Pilsner Urquell which was very poor in comparison.
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  • yeah, Belgium's got this
  • Shouldn't have any problems with Belgium....La Goudale from northern France (7.2%) is pretty good.
  • Isn't moretti (or something like that) Italian?

  • Albania -
    Austria - Urbock 23 by Castle Eggenberg
    Belgium - Kriek
    Croatia -
    Czech Republic - Budvar Dark
    England - Dead Pony Club by BrewDog
    France - Ch'Ti by Brasserie Castelain
    Germany - Berliner Kindl Weisse
    Hungary -
    Iceland -
    Italy -
    Northern Ireland - Twisted Hop by Hilden Brewing Co
    Poland -
    Portugal - Super Bock
    Republic of Ireland - Guinness Foreign Extra
    Romania -
    Russia - Baltika 4 (I haven't tried this myself, but it has been recommended to me.)
    Slovakia -
    Spain - Estrella Damm
    Sweden -
    Switzerland -
    Turkey -
    Ukraine -
    Wales - Cwtch by Tiny Rebel
  • Isn't moretti (or something like that) Italian?

    Yep, Birra Moretti. Much better than Peroni. Although the Italian fans are quite partial to a Tennents Super or 5 before a game.
  • Fantastic idea!

    I'd like to offer an alternative for Austria. This is one of my all time favourite beers: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/285/776/

    If you want to try something that's more than a little different, this German beer is a step up from your lagers and your Pilsners: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/263/727/

    I know it's largely a matter of personal taste, but I'd steer clear of Berliner Kindle Weiss, it is literally (not figuratively) the worst beer I have ever tried. Imagine Hoegaarden drained of all it's alcohol content, with a slight aftertaste of disinfectant added into the mix and you'll be thinking of something similar to, but not as bad as, BKW.

  • Albania -
    Austria - Urbock 23 by Castle Eggenberg
    Belgium - Kriek
    Croatia -
    Czech Republic - Budvar Dark
    England - Dead Pony Club by BrewDog
    France - Ch'Ti by Brasserie Castelain
    Germany - Berliner Kindl Weisse
    Hungary -
    Iceland -
    Italy -
    Northern Ireland - Twisted Hop by Hilden Brewing Co
    Poland -
    Portugal - Super Bock
    Republic of Ireland - Guinness Foreign Extra
    Romania -
    Russia - Baltika 4 (I haven't tried this myself, but it has been recommended to me.)
    Slovakia -
    Spain - Estrella Damm
    Sweden -
    Switzerland -
    Turkey -
    Ukraine -
    Wales - Cwtch by Tiny Rebel

    Brewdog are Scottish....
    Oh well....I still like it.
  • edited June 2016
    @Arry Addick beat me to it for Wales...basically anything by Tiny Rebel brewing.... http://www.tinyrebel.co.uk/beers/ - Cwtch was named champion beer of Britain last year....

    England: Beavertown 'Neck Oil' or 'Gamma Ray'

    Italy only has Peroni doesn't it?

    Spain: Babel - craft brewery in Estepona and bloomin excellent...makes a change from all that Estrella/San Miguel nonsense....(order online)

    Sweden: Stockholm Brewery has some nice beers and had a great IPA, also set up by a bloke from SE7 (order online)

  • Italy only has Peroni doesn't it?

    Fuck me does no one read threads?
    colthe3rd said:

    Isn't moretti (or something like that) Italian?

    Yep, Birra Moretti. Much better than Peroni. Although the Italian fans are quite partial to a Tennents Super or 5 before a game.
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  • edited June 2016
    I just had a look if there is a beer shop in London with Belgian beers available. Mind you, lots of beers are from large breweries and usually not considered "the real stuff". (Leffe, most Kriek beers, etc ... ). In the beerboutique in Putney http://www.thebeerboutique.co.uk/collections/belgian?page=2 , I found some interesting ones, so may I suggest the following beers:
    Achel Blonde ( a Trappist), Brugse Zot Blonde, De Struise Black Albert, Duvel Tripel Hop, Rochefort 10 (again Trappist), St-Bernardus 12 (put this one on your bucket list ! ), and Tripel Karmeliet.
    Enjoy ...
  • Belgium will be an easy one for me - Belgian bars in Canterbury and Ramsgate!
  • Pilsner Urquell rightly getting a lot of mentions. I'd just add that now there are three places you can get it on draught direct from a tank (unpasteurised and unfiltered) I have not yet tried it in London yet, wondering how the new (3-4 years old) technology will work over such a distance, but if it's as good as here, it should walk away with the trophy. It is soooo good, you just have to have another one, because the taste lingers on your palate like no other beer I have tasted (certainly not PU in bottles or cans).

    Apparently the best of the places to try it in London is Duck&Rice in Soho. May get there myself this week.

    Only other Czech beers to mention that have not been so far would be Svijany and Bernard.

    n.b. it is all a matter of taste of course, and the bitter-sweet spectrum of the major Czech beers is well understood. PU is at the bitter end, Budvar at the sweet end and Staropramen in the middle. Svijany and Bernard are bitter, that's the style I personally prefer.
  • skywalker said:

    I just had a look if there is a beer shop in London with Belgian beers available. Mind you, lots of beers are from large breweries and usually not considered "the real stuff". (Leffe, most Kriek beers, etc ... ). In the beerboutique in Putney http://www.thebeerboutique.co.uk/collections/belgian?page=2 , I found some interesting ones, so may I suggest the following beers:
    Achel Blonde ( a Trappist), Brugse Zot Blonde, De Struise Black Albert, Duvel Tripel Hop, Rochefort 10 (again Trappist), St-Bernardus 12 (put this one on your bucket list ! ), and Tripel Karmeliet.
    Enjoy ...

    @skywalker

    Have you tried St Stefanus, if so, what do you think? It is now owned by SAB and available in Waitrose in the UK. Marketing manager is a friend and claims it and the monks who produce it have not been spoilt by the big multinational company...

  • edited June 2016
    Quite enjoyed a cold Viking when I was in Iceland. Couldn't enjoy too many though as I could only re-mortgage the house once.

    EDIT, scrub this, just seen Einstok is already on the menu.
  • edited June 2016

    skywalker said:

    I just had a look if there is a beer shop in London with Belgian beers available. Mind you, lots of beers are from large breweries and usually not considered "the real stuff". (Leffe, most Kriek beers, etc ... ). In the beerboutique in Putney http://www.thebeerboutique.co.uk/collections/belgian?page=2 , I found some interesting ones, so may I suggest the following beers:
    Achel Blonde ( a Trappist), Brugse Zot Blonde, De Struise Black Albert, Duvel Tripel Hop, Rochefort 10 (again Trappist), St-Bernardus 12 (put this one on your bucket list ! ), and Tripel Karmeliet.
    Enjoy ...

    @skywalker

    Have you tried St Stefanus, if so, what do you think? It is now owned by SAB and available in Waitrose in the UK. Marketing manager is a friend and claims it and the monks who produce it have not been spoilt by the big multinational company...

    I like it ... No monks involved now, but that doesn't mean anything. Another tip : if you don't have the proper glass, use a large wine glass. (SAB Miller is now owned by ABInbev, the largest brewery concern in the world.)
  • I'd like to know what beats Leffe Brune.
  • Two good options that aren't a million miles from Charlton: Borough Beer Cage, in Borough Mkt. Nice and handy for London Bridge. Alternatively The Bitter End, Bromley. Allow plenty of time if you go in there though - the bloke absolutely loves his beer and if you give him half an opportunity he will talk (endlessly).
  • I'd like to know what beats Leffe Brune.

    St-Bernardus 12.
    WestVleteren 12 was elected best beer in the world a number of times. Beer specialist Michael Jackson (same name - google him) considered this also as something special. Only ... this is a Trappist beer, made by monks, with a very limited production, hence hard to come by (and sometimes a bit expensive). However ... the guy who was master brewer for years and knew the recipe, started making St-Bernardus 12 following the same recipe. Well known beer specialists can't tell the difference. And it's cheaper and easier to get ! (the shop in Putney I mentioned, have it)

    https://beergazetteer.com/webzine/westvleteren-12-rare-and-unrivalled-star/
    abt12.jpg
    1800 x 1196 - 222K
  • Ukraine - Oblon or something similar. Drank shit loads of it in 09 in Dnipro and didn't feel a thing the next day. Been looking for it ever since!!
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