Euro2016 – Beers to go with the football

Beer for Euro 2016


Are you ready for Euro 2016?  Got your fixture list? (Download one here), picked a team to follow?  Well all you need now are the beers!

We spoke to our friends at Beers of Europe and visited Good Spirits Co to get some beers from each country for the games. So sit back, relax and open a beer!

logo beers of europeGood Spirits Co Glasgow Beer Wine


Sadly it doesn’t look like you can buy any Albanian beer from the UK. If anyone knows otherwise please let us know!



stiegl beer glasgow foodie explorers
©Beers of Europe, Stiegl Austrian Beer

We tried Stiegl Pils and liked it very much.  The beer has a thirst-quenching ability. You can find it in Bavaria Bauhaus in Glasgow too.



bornem beer glasgow foodie explorers
© Beers of Europe, Bornem Tripel

A strong “Triple” beer from Belgium, this hoppy and full of flavour beer will keep you happy (surely the 9% will!).  If you fancy something lighter Lidl sell the regular Bornem in store.



We’ve had quite a Croatian beers on our travels but unfortunately we’ve struggled to find one that’s available in Britain.

croatian beer euro 2016
Beers from Croatia – Found on holiday

Czech Republic

Hobo beer co - craft Czech lager
Hobo beer co – craft Czech lager

Hobo Craft Lager £2.00 from Good Spirits Co in Glasgow.  A light lager which is easy to drink.

pardubicky porter glasgow foodie explorers
©Beers of Europe, Pardubický Porter

Pilsners may be what the Czech Republic is famous for but they do also produce some good dark beers and one such, Pardubický porter can be ordered online here.



Another favourite of ours is Heart and Soul by Vocation Brewery in Hebden Bridge (Worth a visit down there)

vocation brewery heart and soul beer



pelforth beer glasgow foodie explorers
© Beers of Europe, Pelforth Blonde

Forget the Kronenberg and go for something a bit better – Pelforth Blonde is a popular one in Paris and you can order bottles here.



gose beers of europe glasgow foodie explorers
© Beers of Europe, Leipziger Gose

There’s no shortage of German beer available here but how about what could possibly be the next big thing, sour beer!  This traditional gose comes from Leipzig in Saxony and we’ve actually visited the brewery. See here.


hungarian beer beers of europe glasgow foodie explorers
©Beers of Europe, Monyo BLK IPA

A black IPA from Hungary? Order it here.



einstock beers of europe glasgow foodie explorers
©Beers of Europe, Einstok Icelandic Beer

Einstok is probably the most well-know and easily found Icelandic beer in the UK so it is readily available but if you can find it, over some here and we found it offline at Good Spirits in Glasgow.



Menabrea beer
© Beers of Europe, Menabrea beer

Menabrea is slowly making its name known on these shores. If you haven’t tried their blonde beer yet keep an eye out for it in pubs and restaurants. Alternatively order here.

Birra Moretti La Rossa
Birra Moretti La Rossa

Birra Moretti La Rossa.  Bet you didn’t think you’d find a dark Moretti beer.  This amber ale has toffee, caramel and a roasted aroma.  Find it here.


Northern Ireland

Boundary Export Stout
© Beers of Europe, Boundary Export Stout

Boundary Stout has a roasted coffee taste and aroma and is low carbonated.  Click here to buy.




Glasgow is full of Polish shops. Here’s one we found earlier…Another dark beer for us.  This one has big carbonation and is smokey and sweet.



Super Bock
© Beers of Europe, Super Bock

The number one beer brand in Portugal, Super Bock has won umpteen awards. Order it here.


Republic of Ireland

Guinness Golden Ale
Guinness Golden Ale

Guinness Golden Ale is more of a bitter than a golden ale.  Light tasting and some citrus in there as well.  Can be found in most shops.

Franciscan Well - Rebel Red
Franciscan Well – Rebel Red

Franciscan Well – Rebel Red.  Malty, plum like and full of flavour. You can buy online, or find in many bars as it’s owned by Molson Coors.



ursus beer romaniaUrsus (meaning “bear”) lager is everywhere in Romania, the Romanian Tennent’s if you will, but when in Romania do as the Romanians do…order some here.



© Beers of Europe, Zhigulyovskoye

Baltic classic lager is everywhere but here’s a more unpronounceable one with a story. Click here to read about the history and order.



slovakian beer glasgow foodie explorers
© Beers of Europe, Golden Pheasant

Sweet and slightly metallic pilsner, easily drinkable.  Can be found here.


estrella galicia beer euros european championship glasgow foodie explorers
©Beers of Europe, Estrella Galicia

Estrella Galicia lager from Spain’s largest independent (and family-run) brewery in La Coruña, north-western Spain, is now available in ASDA, Morrisons, Tesco, Marks & Spencers and Waitrose. If you don’t have one nearby you can order online here, or if you’d like to win a case of Estrella Galicia look out for a competition coming in the next few days.



Omnipollo - Pineapple Gose
Omnipollo – Pineapple Gose

Omnipollo Magic Pineapple Gose from Good Spirits Co £3.70  A pineapple/mango tasting sour beer.  This one will wake you up during a boring game.

pistonhead beer euros euro2016 glasgow foodie explorers
©Beers of Europe, Pistonhead

If you can’t find it then Pistonhead kustom lager is easier to come across, it’s available online as well as at ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys.



1936 Biere
1936 Biere

Found in Wholefoods Market for £2.29.  A hard one to track down.  Golden beer with grassy notes to the nose.  Easy to drink, worth the struggle to find?  Not really….



Efes Pilsener
Efes Pilsener

This is a light tasting beer which is easy to drink, especially on a hot day.  Available online and in ASDA, Tesco and B&M.


obolon Ukraine beer glasgow foodie explorers
©Beers of Europe

This is another holiday reminder.  An easy drinking beer from Ukraine.  Heavily influenced by German beers.  You can buy Obolon online.



purple moose beer wales
Purchased and quaffed on our Wales holiday a few years ago.

Snowdonia Ale from Purple Moose Brewery is one we like.  We stumbled across them by accident on a visit to Portmadog in Wales a couple of years ago.  This is a hoppy pale ale ideal for the summer.

Enjoy Euro 2016 and drink responsibly!


Many thanks to Beers of Europe for allowing us to pinch their images and to Good Spirits Co for stocking some fab beers.  We received nothing but help and kindness from these guys so give them a visit!




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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