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As Friday has dawned on us and the Rugby World Cup is in full bloom with six games taking place this weekend.
We have taken the liberty to provide you with various types of beer based on each Rugby World Cup fixture, some of them you’re probably familiar with and some might be new to you.
However, this is the perfect way to add a ‘lil twist to the traditional ‘’chop en dop’’.
New Zealand vs Georgia
Kick-off the weekend tonight by watching the Kiwi’s take on Georgia at 8pm tonight.
Beer Pairing: Try New Zealand’s famous Lion Red Beer vs Natakahari- Georgian beer made from high quality malt and Natakhtari unique spring water. The high technology of brewing is used for its preparation.
Samoa vs Japan
Saturday’s first rugby match which takes place at 2:30pm, see’s these two teams go head to head. Japan, who has surprised everyone by beating the Springboks in their first match in Pool B goes up against an Samoan team who is looking to bounce back after their defeat against the Springboks. “Vailima Natural” brewedfrom breadfruit.
Beer Pairing: A German type lager, called “Vailima Natural” brewed from the breadfruit or ulu; is the Samoan beer of choice. Or you might like the Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale which has complex ‘sake-like flavours with malt sweet notes with hints of strawberries.’
South Africa vs Scotland
This big match has every Springbok fan biting their nails and saying their ‘Hail Mary’s’, as it’s a must-win match for the boys in green and yellow.
Scotland who have won all of their pool games so far. Have two South African born players in their squad; Willem Nel and Josh Strauss. This makes for an even more interesting game.
Beer Pairing: The Scottish love their Brewdog’s Dogma Scotch Ale, brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.
Whilst most South African’s go for ‘the strong and full flavoured, with a low bitterness and a distinctive fruity aroma’ of Carling Black Label.
England vs Australia
Kick-off for this match is at 8pm and which features two of the most in-form teams coming into the world cup, however England needs to win as defeat could see them becoming the first world championship hosts to fail to reach the knockout stages.
Beer Pairing: The English men are devoted to their Carling Label whilst down under you could find them sipping on Victoria Bitter with its rich flavour and gentle fruitiness.
Argentina vs Tonga
Sunday’s first game kicks off at 2:30 pm with Argentina fielding their youngest team yet since 1999, as the average age of the squad is 26-years-old.
As well as the return of their favourite front row.
As Tonga goes old school by fielding the most experienced team in the world cup, with an average age of 31-years-old; definitely a battle of the two schools; Old School vs New School.
Beer Pairing: Quilmes is a sweetly refreshing and balanced lager that is truly known as Argentina’s favourite beer. Sadly, the Tongans have not shared their favourite beer with us, but we do have some local craft beers that could make a great substitution. Try Jack Black’s Lager or the Naked Mexican.
Ireland vs Italy
Yes, this might be the last game for the weekend, but who says you cannot indulge in one last beer before preparing for the week ahead.
Ireland and Italy take each other on at 16:45pm, as Italy’s captain; Sergio Parisse, returns to the side for his first world cup game which is a must-win for the Italians.
Whilst Ireland’s stars centre Robbie Henshaw, makes his world cup debut after missing out also due to injury.
Beer Pairing: It’s no secret that the Irish love their Guinness beer, a dry stout but and the Italians prefer the flair of the Peroni: Nastro Azzurro.
Now all that you need to do, is sit back, put your feet up and enjoy a few cold brewksi’s either with a chop or some biltong and of course who could forget; your bro’s.