Men watching football with a beer in their hand. It’s as old as time itself and one of life’s simplest pleasures. Euro 2016 is a month long treat for the eyes and this gives a great opportunity to sample some unusual tipples and ales, alongside some old favourites. With this in mind, we’ve gone all out to find a beer for every nation that is taking part in this year’s Euro.
So clear out the salad in the fridge to make room for the proper stuff and sit back to watch the games.
Birra Korca was the first beer ever to be brewed in Albania. Has a strong, sharp but sweet taste.
Gavroche is a strong, amber coloured ale that tastes of ripe, summer fruits and caramel.
Ground Zero Morning Glory crams in the hops which results in a dense, citrusy and malty tipple.
Feldschlosschen is an inoffensive, un-complex beer which works well at any gathering.
Charnwood Fox Tale is a lovely ruby-red brew with deep and malty hops giving way to a peppery sourness.
Baltika comes in different strengths so if you prefer a light and fruity lager choose No.6, for a fuller ale pick No.7.
Golden Pheasant (zlaty bazant) is interesting as it features touches of banana and cloves.
Bitburger is Germany’s number one and so it should be, as it has a crisp, citrusy taste and a fine head.
Filthy Animal Chilli Porter features chillies and smoked chipotle which is a great match for the roasted coffee flavour of the porter.
Tyskie is well-balanced with a good body and a smooth taste. Good at any party.
Obolon Lager is not a bad pilsner with a toasty, malty flavour that gives way to a spiced, grassy aftertaste.
Ozujsko is sweet and refreshing and is best served chilled with the addition of crushed ice. Comes in different fruit flavours.
Budweiser Budvar, B:Dark is crafted using some of the classic Pilsner ingredients and adding extra dark malts, which gives it a smokiness that contrasts against the sweet hops.
Estrella is one of Spain’s most popular lager beers, with its golden colour and taste of sparkling hops.
Efes is a light, top-fermented, well-balanced and easy to sup lager that should suit everyone.
Duvel is a strong blonde ale that will definitely get any party started. Watch out for the hangover though.
Birra Moretti is for you if you prefer a more subtle flavour that goes well with Italian food like spaghetti and pizza.
Republic of Ireland
Guinness of course is the stuff of Irishmen and this black stuff will be imbibed all over the country.
Noa Pecan Mud cake may not sound like a good stout but this is a world star on the stage of beers. Pricy but worth it, cram-packed with roasted nutty, chocolate flavours. An occasional treat rather than an all-night binge.
Eggenberg is great to kick off proceedings and get the party started. Flavoursome and hoppy.
Balkezes Hopster Nyilvan is strong, full of flavour which is ideal for when the going gets tough and you need some extra oomph
Einstok is made with clear Icelandic water and features sharp, citrus tangs that serve to cut through the malty wheat.
Sagres Bohemia is a little bit different to the normal Sagres in the shops, this one has a fruity twist which makes it stand out.