Before I talk about the six beers that I’ve chosen for the #6NationsOfBeer during Super Saturday’s matches tomorrow, I have something to say.
This comes, I appreciate, from a starting point of someone who left things a little late in making the selections, and it’s only fair that I point this out.
But…Italian and French brewers, if you make great ales, please do something about your distribution channels into the UK market. Websites like Beers of Europe are great, particularly for bulk purchasing, but at more than £7 for delivery (understandable when you consider the breakable nature of what is being posted out), it’s not great for those who just want to give something a try. For people looking to dabble, you need to make your products more accessible. Never before has there been so much choice in the market, and your nations’ brewers are missing out.
Welsh brewers aren’t doing much better, from the perspective of an English buyer, but at least here I did better in my selection, with the help of a little craft bottles shop in Buckinghamshire.
So, it is with a little sadness that I had to move into the lager market to complete my #6NationsBeer line-up – hence the change of hashtag from early social media posts. But hey, let’s give it a go.
With only a few hours to go until the matches get underway, here are the beers that made the cut. They’re not chosen because they are the best – some of them I’ve never had before – it’s merely a national representative to reflect the great teams that take part in the RBS Six Nations.
Wales v Italy
As mentioned, I struggled a little with both of these, but lining up for Wales is Celt Experience’s Goddess of the Spring, whilst Italy’s hopes lie with Peroni Doppio Malto.
Ireland v Scotland
Here, I’ve been able to choose two of my favourite beers. Ireland are represented, as one might expect, by Guinness Original. In the Scottish corner, I went for Brewdog’s 5am Saint – a lovely red ale that is never far from my shopping list.
France v England
Again, I’ve slumped for a lager, but an iconic choice, in Kronenberg 1664 – an option more associated with round balls and M Cantona. Finally, completing the line-up for England is Wylam Brewery’s Jakehead IPA.
With the rugby tournament pretty much wrapped up, with the exception of England’s push for a Grand Slam, sit back and enjoy whatever you’re drinking, whilst watching what should be three great matches.
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