So people you might have noticed our somewhat esoteric approach to Euro 2008 coverage, but that’s mainly because we appreciate that there’s only so many team-by-team preview articles people can take, and to be honest they tend to be totally pointless. Wow, Cristiano Ronaldo is
Without England though, these matches are basically an excuse to justify leaving work early to get down the pub before 5 during the week, so we thought it’s this part of the process we had a duty to help you out with. As you might already have noticed, a helpful guide has already been posted to help you track down like-minded supporters around
Pilsner Urquell – Originally the term Pilsner was reserved specifically for beers brewed in the
Budweiser Budvar – Similarly, Budweiser was originally first coined for those beers brewed in České Budějovice region, so this famous export is the other Czech bastion of taste. According to brewery folklore, some guy called King Otakar II of
Sagres – The big brand in South Portugal, this Lisbon-based brewery encompasses all styles of beer from a traditional Stout to a festival strength ‘
Super Bock – The North of Portugal is all about this Porto-based lager which also interestingly comes in redcurrant and lemon-tinted flavours. The advertising line is also impressively inspired by pornography: “Serve with sensuality... Drink with passion.”
Vollmond – This variety of brain-juice is one of the world's few biodynamic beers, whatever that means, so I guess it’s good. Interestingly it is only brewed on the night of a full moon (hence ‘vollmond’) using barley sourced exclusively from the world's highest fields, which all hints at supernatural power should one consume enough…
Efes – This unique taste should be familiar to all of you lucky enough to have a kebab shop nearby with a fluid interpretation of alcohol licensing laws. Brewed from rice instead of barley, the result is not unpleasant but not exactly something to tell your friends about. Kind of like Turkish women then.
Stiegl – Perhaps the country’s most famous export, this robust lager is light-coloured and refreshingly crisp. Founded in 1492, the famous Stiegl brewery prides itself as being one of the oldest and largest in Europe; for those of you with little else to do while visiting
Lowenbrau – Awesomely meaning “lion’s brew,” this is the German connoisseurs’ choice with a history dating back to the late 14th century. Löwenbräu has been served at every Oktoberfest in
Bitburger – Originally marketed as a magical nectar that miraculously wouldn’t give you a hangover, this slogan was quickly proved false by
Kasteel Kru - Full of finesse and subtle flavouring, don’t let the fact that this lager originates from
Desperados – Amazingly this relatively unknown tipple is mixed with Tequila, and is of course pretty unpleasantly strong. There are plenty more French beers, but since most of the country exercises and drink wiiiine we decided to give them a miss.
Grolsch – Everyone loves the Dutch and therefore everyone loves Grolsch; it has fancy bottles, great adverts and it doesn’t taste too shabby either. Enjoy before, after or during a smoke and a pancake.
Peroni Nastro Azzuro – Classy and full-bodied, the Italians like their beer like they like their women. Most of you should be familiar with this lager from over-priced wine bars in town that think they can keep the riff-raff out by not offering draught beer. They’re wrong.
Ursus – Incredibly the brewery for this relatively unknown beer is actually in
Mythos – Despite being the taste of so many under-age school trips and lads-on-tour Club 18-30 abortions, Mythos is actually quite nice. Relatively pale and mild, this slips down a treat whether you’re holding your date’s hair back while she’s being sick or sitting in a park with The Guardian.
Baltika – In Soviet Russia, beer drinks you!
Cruzcampo – One of
Kopparberg – Ok so not technically a beer, this Swedish range of flavoured ciders is still well worth having on your radar. Coming in a variety of garish colours, this brand has appeal to underage girls and seasoned drinkers alike. Kind of like Girls Aloud in that sense.