World Cup of Beer: Best beers from top contenders

 

7 potential World Cup 2014 winners, 7 already-winning beers.

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By Evan S. Benn | ebenn@MiamiHerald.com

FIFA ranks the teams playing in the World Cup. We rank the quality of craft beers those countries have to offer. Here, seven picks for native beers to celebrate victory or ease the sting of defeat. (Click here to view the chart.)

Spain 

Soccer Ranking 1st

Beer Ranking 7th

Beer to try: Estrella Damm Inedit, a wheat beer with coriander brewed in collaboration with uber chef Ferran Adria.  

Germany 

Soccer Ranking 2nd

Beer Ranking 3rd

Beer: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, a beer with smoked malts for a campfire accent that goes great with bacon. 

Brazil 

Soccer Ranking 3rd

Beer Ranking 6th

Beer: Xingu Black Beer, a popular export that pours an intimidating dark hue but leaves no heaviness or bitterness on the palate. 

Italy 

Soccer Ranking 9th

Beer Ranking 5th

Beer: Baladin Nora, a gorgeous, complex brew with ginger and myrrh from Italy’s leading craft producer, Birrificio Le Baladin.

England 

Soccer Ranking 10th

Beer Ranking 4th

Beer: J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale, a high-test barleywine that is released annually -- to remember the year your team won.  

Belgium 

Soccer Ranking 11th

Beer Ranking 2nd

Beer: Rosé de Gambrinus, a tart, raspberry-laced, aged beer from famed Belgian producer Cantillon.  

USA 

Soccer Ranking 13th

Beer Ranking 1st

Beer to try: Bombshell Blonde Ale, an easy-drinker from Texas, the home state of Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. 

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