By Dan Wiersema / Founder, Free Beer Movement
Here we are again. Just hours away from watching the United States men's national team take the field in an international friendly against Belgium. Just days away from another big game against Germany. And a little more than a week before back-to-back home matches that will decide whether USMNT fans will have a summer of stressful soul-searching or head into fall with some CONCACAF confidence.
Jurgen Klinsmann is evaluating his Landon Donovan-less U.S. side for these crucial qualifiers and a now-relevant off-year Gold Cup, but expect more preparation rather than experimentation.
But you didn't click on this link for a tactical analysis of the Nats versus the fifteenth FIFA-ranked (and UEFA World Cup qualifying group E leaders) Belgium. You came to drink.
So did we.
The Belgians are emerging as an European soccer power, but in the brewing world they're the tops. This and the match on Sunday versus Germany is probably the two best beer and soccer match ups one can brew up.Belgium is home to such amazing beers as Westvleteren 12, Duval, and Rochefort. Check out Joe Stange's amazing book "Around Brussels in 80 Beers".
But you didn't come here to talk about Belgium beers, either. We're in AMERICA! And we drink AMERICAN!
There are loads of breweries here in the good ol' U.S. of A doing Belgian-style beers right.
For tonight's match the Free Beer Movement is recommending you saddle up at home or at the bar with a few great Belgo-American brews.
Cooperstown, New York is home to Brewery Ommegang and one of America's best Belgian-style breweries. Try "Three Philosophers" (Quad), "Hennepin" (Saison), "Rare Vos" (Pale Amber), or "Abbey Wheat" (Dubbel) and you can't go wrong.
In Cleveland? Then you've got to drink your fair share of Great Lake Brewing Company while in town and pack your suitcase with sixers with as much as you can fit. Also check out Fat Head's Brewing in Cleveland. Head Hunter IPA is killer, or if you're in a mood to embrace, or antagonize, the opposition, with their Head Trip Belgian Tripel.
Unless you're a hipster, you want to see soccer grow in America and what better way than the Free Beer Movement. Check it out and practice it.