England are through to the next round in the beer tournament while Ukraine have failed to even show up for the tournament. Considering the lack of Ukrainian beer, the nice Obolon glass has represented them well without scoring a goal. England will be represented by Poacher's Choice from Badger brewery, a brewery I'm quite familiar with but a beer I haven't had yet.
|This ale packs a really nice flavour punch. It's one of the strangest English ales I've ever had. Poacher's Choice has a really strong fruit flavour, it's not that dissimilar to a Christmas mince pie. I really like! More of this will be in my fridge come the end of this tournament.
So somewhat disappointingly the Ukrainians failed to rock up in time for this tournament. It's alright though as although this will be another loss, but when the beer turns up it can be part of the European Beer Challenge, don't forget to check that out.
Before this tournament started there is no way I would pick an English beer to have been the equal highest rated beer come the end of the group stage (well one game to go...). I can't quite put my finger on what made it so good, but I really enjoyed the flavour and the drinkability was excellent for an ale. I'm going to have to try more of it another day and see if I like it just as much. But with the Ukrainians again not providing a beer to taste, the only result could be a thrashing at the hands of the Poms.
4-0 win to ENGLAND
On the pitch: I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Ukraine will upset England tonight and progress to the knockout stage. Despite getting the result against Sweden I was really disappointed with the English performance and with a passionate home crowd behind them, a Shevchenko inspired Ukraine should/will hopefully knock them off. 2-1 to Ukraine in a surprise.