2018 World Cup Bracket of Beer: The Finals Edition

2018 World Cup Kylian Mbappe France Belgium
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Kylian Mbappe of France in action during the Semi Final FIFA World Cup match between France and Belgium at Krestovsky Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Fred Lee/Getty Images

It’s here, the final match of the 2018 World Cup. Who would’ve thought a month ago that not only would we have an all-European semi-final round, but that we’d see Croatia become the second-smallest nation to head into World Cup finals? If you’re like most of us here, our brackets were mostly busted by the end of the Group Stage (thanks, Germany, Argentina, Portugal, et cetera).

That being said, the two teams that have made it, France behind the newly-recognized superstar talent of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé and Croatia behind a team effort led by their captain, Luka Modrić. Both have busted their asses to get where they are. Good on them for that. No matter which team you are cheering for, it is going to be a good match this coming Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

With that in mind, we thought we’d revisit the two countries left standing and the beers that we initially picked for each. Based on brew alone, who do you think will win? Is it going to be the craft beer or the beer of the entire nation? Let us know in the comments.

The Finals

France – Thiriez Blonde d’Esquelbecq

The first (and most popular) beer from France’s oldest functioning craft brewery, Blonde d’Esquelbecq is a biere de garde that expresses itself through citrus notes and bitterness, while maintaining qualities similar to Belgian beers, which are located only a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Croatia – Ozujsko

Ožujsko, or Žuja, is the most popular beer in Croatia and the sponsor of the Croatian soccer team. The golden lager highlighted by sweet corn and malt notes was first introduced in 1892.

Article originally published June 14, 2018. Last updated July 13, 2018, to include information about the 2018 World Cup finals.

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