Team Europe embodied by craft beer

There will be more than enough serious analysis of the European team over the coming weeks so here’s what happened when we sat down matched each member of the team to craft beer. 

Justin Rose
Gipsy Hill – Napa – Brut IPA – 6.3%

The best Brut IPA we’ve tasted so far. In their own words it’s “a sparkling wine of an IPA” that “goes well with flutes and high society.” I don’t think we need to explain why we selected this to represent the exceptionally well spoken and always classy Justin Rose.  

Rory Mcilroy
Blacks of Kinsale – Black IPA – 5%
The Irish are known for their stouts but Rory isn’t a stout. He’s softer than that. This Black IPA has the distinctive Irish malt, but a heavy dose of hops make this beer all the more approachable.

Ian Poulter
Abbeydale x Smo Fo - You Scratch My Back – Smoked Stout – 5.5%
Thomas Bjorn scratched Pouter’s back by giving him a pick, now for Poulter to return the favour. This smoked and salted stout may divide opinion but we can’t help but love it. Pair with slow cooked BBQ pulled pork. 

Tyrrell Hatton
Deya – Into the Haze – IPA – 6.6%
Whilst Tyrrell may be prone to seeing red mist out on the course, we all know this is isn’t a true reflection of his character. Into the Haze is big, soft and juicy, much like the man himself.

Henrik Stenson
Omnipollo/Buxton – Original Double Vanilla Ice Cream IIPA – 8%
The dangerously cool Scandinavian brewers have collaborated with Buxton to create this ramped up version of their Original Vanilla Ice Cream Pale Ale. Best served cold, this is a dessert beer to savour.

Francesco Molinari
CRAK x Fyne Ales – The Hunchback - Session IPA – 3%
The leading Italian brewers and Fyne Ales have concocted this understated pale ale with a low ABV, however it is double dry hopped which gives it a surprisingly full body and a lot of character. Performs at its best through the heat of summer.

Tommy Fleetwood
Wild Beer Co  Ninkasi Wild Saison – 9%
Brought up on links golf, Tommy was always going to be a wild beer. Ninkasi is twice fermented, first with wild yeasts, then with champagne yeast to create this elegant celebration drink. Perfect for toasting a European win.

Sergio Garcia
Garage Beer Co Silver Peel -  Barcelona Weisse – 5.2%
This ‘Barcelona Weisse’ is tart with a strong taste of berries. Sergio’s pick may have left a few people with a sour taste in their mouths, but the sourness in this beer can only be enjoyed.

Alex Noren
Buxton / Dugges – Ramberget – IPA – 7.2%
Another collaboration between the always excellent Buxton Brewery and a Swedish Brewery. This time they’ve combined with Dugges to create a strong IPA which will deliver time after time.

Thorbjorn Olesen
Amundsen Luponic Plague NE IPA – 7%
The style of the moment. This Norwegian beer arrives bang on form. Thick, hazy and juicy, this is a drink to be enjoyed as soon as possible whilst the hops are at their most potent best.

John Rahm
Mikkeller Texas Ranger Chipotle Porter – 6.6%
Brewed by the godfather of craft beer, this is an American / European hybrid that’s strong, bold and spicy. Buy two, drink one and cook with the other. It makes a great additional to any chilli con carne.

Paul Casey
Thornbridge – Jaipur X – Imperial IPA – 10%
Casey is the epitome of consistency, always pushing for that top 10 spot. Likewise, the award winning Jaipur always delivers and is the UK’s flagship craft beer. We’ve selected Jaipur X, brewed by Thornbridge for their tenth anniversary, and an absolute treat.


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