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10-06-2010, 10:18
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We managed to get 64 names down to take part in the World Cup Beer Sweepstake (http://pencilandspoon.blogspot.com/2010/06/world-cup-beer-sweepstake.html) so we’ve got two separate competitions running, both with the chance to win free beer. The first 32 names who entered are playing for a year’s subscription to myBrewerytap’s (http://www.mybrewerytap.com/) 52 Week Beer Club (http://www.mybrewerytap.com/52-week-beer-club-2.html). The second 32 are playing for a box of beer each from Ales by Mail (http://www.alesbymail.com/catalog/), Adnams Brewery (http://adnams.co.uk/) and Highland Brewing Company (http://www.highlandbrewingcompany.co.uk/beers/).

The same rules apply for both: everyone gets drawn a team and they have to find a beer from that country then drink it and write a blog about it. You can only win if you write a blog – no blog, no win, simple. And you can only win the beer if you can get it delivered somewhere in the UK, I’m afraid – if you can’t then the prize is forfeited to the closest runner-up (but you are playing for fun, not free beer, right). There are a number of guys who are happy to take guest posts, you can contact them yourself, don’t be shy – Andy (http://www.beerreviews.co.uk/), me, Chunk (http://beerbirrabier.blogspot.com/), Baron Orm (http://theormskirkbaron.blogspot.com/), Robbie (http://refreshingbeer.blogspot.com/), Peter Olding (http://bigmantalksbeer.blogspot.com/) and probably some others.

No rules about what the blog post is – it could be 50 words or 1,000 words, pitched any way you want – except that it needs to involve the searching and (hopefully) finding of a beer from the country you are drawn and then the drinking of it. Feel free to put in some other links to the beer - drink it while your team play, add some beer facts about that country or a food and beer link, for example.

I drew the names and posted it to youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/markdredge). I had the players in one bowl and the teams in the other – it was the fairest way we could think of and you’ll just have to trust that I didn’t cheat. The camera died just as I finished the first draw, cutting off the final name. Here’s who is paired with each team, in alphabetical order. And yes, I am aware that I look stupid while doing this but I’m trying not to look in the bowl.

Beer Sweepstake One

Andy Mogg - Nigeria
Arfur Daley - Spain
Baron Orm - Chile
Blair Wilgus - Holland
Bob Arnott - New Zealand
Chris Barron - Italy
Chris King - Algeria
Chris McBride - USA
Ed Davies - Cameroon
Edward Wray - Brazil
Ian Powell - South Korea
Josh Christie - Ivory Coast
Kenny Hannah - Uruguay
Lee Bacon - Portugal
Lois Carter - Germany
Marc Stewart - Mexico
Mark Charlwood - Australia
Mark Dredge - North Korea
Mark Fletcher - Slovenia
Matt Taylor - Japan
Mitch Adams - Denmark
Nick Fenwick - France
Nick James - Argentina
Peter Olding - England
Reluctant Scooper - Paraguay
Richard Mackney - Ghana
Scott Edwards - Serbia
Sean Nordquist - Honduras
Simon Smith - Slovakia
Simon Tucker - South Africa
Steven Pejica - Switzerland
Uncle Wilco - Greece

Beer Sweepstake Two

Andrew Smith - USA
Andrew Todd - Paraguay
Andy Mackay - Serbia
Ben Steel - England
Benn Glazier - Brazil
Billy Clark - Italy
Calum Robertson - Ghana
Chris Kay - Greece
Chris Routledge - Cameroon
Dan Lloyd - Uruguay
Dan Pubs of Manchester - Nigeria
David Lozman - North Korea
Graeme Hood - Slovenia
James Allen - Ivory Coast
John Corcoran - New Zealand
Katherine Simmons - Japan
Mario Rubio - Denmark
Mark Jackman - France
Matt Stokes - Germany
Mike Biewer - Australia
Mike Box - Argentina
Oliver Dimsdale - South Africa
Richard Marriott - Portugal
Robbie Pickering - Holland
Roger Williams - Mexico
Sam Hill - Spain
Simon Reid - Chile
Steve Larson - Honduras
Steve Owen - South Korea
Steve Williams - Slovakia
Stuart Ross - Algeria
Will Miller - Switzerland

The competition is now live so go and find the beers! The deadline is the day of the World Cup Final – Sunday 11th July – and you need to have posted on or by then. Good luck (especially those with North Korea (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/country/north-korea/110/), Paraguay (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/country/paraguay/160/), Honduras (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/country/honduras/92/) and Ghana (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/country/ghana/80/)!).

Now if anyone knows of anywhere which stocks any North Korean beers, then please let me know!

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