…Because without beer, things do not seem to go as well.
- Brother Epp in 1902 (Kansan)
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
- falsely attributed to Benjamin Franklin
Two of the above five beers are safe to consume during the USMNT game on Tuesday, three are not. In this post I will explain why, and why not.
Ok, so who is excited?! The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) will continue on in the knock-out stage this Tuesday, July 1st, at 3:00pm (CST)! That’s awesome! This is the first time the USMNT has ever advanced to the knock-out stages in two consecutive World Cups. This is huge! The USMNT has a good team…not as good as I believe it could be…but remember, we are over that now and we are moving on.
We have all kinds of celebrities urging us on…like Will Ferrell (this video was before the Portugal game and pays homage to Luis Suarez)
And Hulk Hogan! I mean, does it get any bigger than Hulk Hogan?!
All kinds of watch parties are happening across the nation – Chicago, Brooklyn, Kansas City,
and even more cities. Even in my own background Dugan’s Pub will be hosting a block party…although I will be with my good friends at Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge. Michael has graciously agreed to open a little early for us soccer nuts.
This country is absolutely nuts for the World Cup and I can’t wait until tomorrow!
But I have important news for those of us who support the red, white, and blue – if you consider yourself a red-blooded American and want to truly support the USMNT you should do your part and NOT drink any of the beers listed below that are Belgium or Belgium owned.
Here are my qualifications for beers that made my “thou shalt not buy” list:
- Beers owned by Belgian companies – such as AB InBev
- beers owned by Belgian companies but still brewed in the USA – such as Budweiser
- beers that have the word “Belgium” in their name or the style in which they brew their beer – such as New Belgium Brewery
Now, this sucks, big time. Boulevard is one of my favorite breweries and I passed on their beer this weekend when I made my beer run…on Saturday night because I can not buy beer on Sunday here in Arkansas…it’s so asinine and actually bad theology…but that’s for another post some time later.
Beers Thou Shalt Not Buy…until after Tuesday
Boulevard – owned by Duvel
New Belgium Brewery
Hoegaarden White Ale
Bud Ice Light
Budweiser Select 55
Budweiser American Ale
Bud Light Chelada
Bud Light Lime
Bud Light Golden Wheat
Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus
Michelob Ultra Amber
Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry
Beck’s Premier Light
Hurricane Malt Liquor
Kokanee Glacier Pilsner
O’Doul’s Amber NA
Bacardi Silver Strawberry
Bacardi Silver Lemonade
Bacardi Silver Raz
Bacardi Silver Mojito
Boddington’s Pub Cream Ale
Beers In The Clear: (this is not a comprehensive list, just mainly the big hitters)
Pabst Blue Ribbon
The answer to the question with the picture at the beginning of the post:
Schlafly and Coors are safe.
Boulevard (owned by Duvel, a Belgian company), Stella Artois (owned by AB InBev, a Belgian company), and Budweiser (owned by InBev, a Belgian company) are not safe.
So there you have it. Have fun on Tuesday, cheer loud, and buy American-ish beer! And you know what, if you have any doubts drink bourbon…I think most bourbon would be safe.
“In Munjor, we built a small combination brewery and ice-house. We felt justified in this because without beer, things do not seem to go as well, and to ship beer into the prohibition state of Kansas would arouse public notice, to say nothing of the expenditure and other difficulties.” – excerpt from Brother Epp’s journal