Australia (Foster's) vs.
USA (Killian's) vs.
What a tough competition we had among these final four. The cream of the crop had indeed risen to the top, to mix metaphors slightly, and (with the possible exception of Foster's) we had some great beers going head-to-head.
Let's get right to it: Game 1!
Australia (Foster's) put up a tough fight, but in the end, England's Newcastle, with its smooth, rich flavor (flavour?), was simply too much for the Aussies to handle. Foster's, as it turns out, is also Australian for "Lost to the Geordies!" (I think that's what they're called. Neil?)
NEWCASTLE TO THE FINALS!!!!!!
The Netherlands' Heineken was the other lighter-colored, weaker-flavored lager/pilsner type to make it this far. It and Foster's were clearly the class of that category this year. But it simply proved no contest against the mighty United States entry, straight outta Golden, Colorado-- Killian's Irish Red.
Killian's triumphed with its smooth, rich flavor that lacked the rough hops kick that the others suffered from. Heineken would be our third-place beer, yes-- but the second Semifinalist was Killian's!
And so, in the end, we had two medium-dark beers facing off in a competition that had, for some reason, seemed to favor the darker beers. (Even Brazil's dreaded Xingu Black Beer made the Quarters!)
THE WORLD CUP OF BEER FINAL MATCH:
England (Newcastle Brown Ale) vs United States (Killian's Irish Red)
Newcastle was good. Newcastle was very gooooooood.
But Killian's was simply better.
Simple as that.
The WORLD CUP OF BEER CHAMPION FOR 2010 IS:
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -- KILLIAN'S IRISH RED!
Thanks to Ami for the photography (and for the little sashes for the bottles)!