NOTE: The Sweepstake is now full, we have got enough players to do two draws and we have very kindly been donated some prizes from Adnams, Ales By Mail and Highland Brewery so watch this space for more info and to find out which team you get.
Next week 2010 World Cup kicks off in South Africa and here is the sweepstake with a difference : draw a team, find a beer from that country, drink it and write about it, and, if that country wins the World Cup then you will win a free subscription to 52 week beer club from myBrewerytap!
If you enter then you will have your name randomly drawn with a team, your task is to then find a beer from that country (for some this will be easy, for others it will be a real challenge : Honduras and North Korea anyone?!) and write a blog about it.
To make it more interesting you can also find some â€˜beer facts’ about the country you are drawn (making it educational as well as tasty and fun!), if you like then you can also attempt a national food dish to go with the beer or you can drink it while watching the team… whatever you want.
This is open to anyone, anywhere who wants to take part, but we can only take the first 32, for obvious reasons (unless we get 64â€¦) and to win the beer you need to be based in the UK for postage reasons (if you are outside of the UK then still play along for the fun!). If you’ve got a blog (any blog – beer, wine, food, football, technology, politics, whatever) then you can post your findings there. If you don’t have a blog then you will be able to write something and post as a guest on someone else’s blog.
If you want to take part then you’ve got until 5pm on Wednesday 9th June to get your name down (use the below form). On Thursday 10th June you’ll find out your team, the World Cup Beer Sweepstake begins on Friday 11th. You need to find the beer, drink it and blog it before the World Cup Final. That’s a month, so not long.
Then whoever draws the overall winning team will win a free subscription to 52 week beer club from myBrewerytap!.
Let’s use the #WCBeerSweep on twitter.
If you want to take part then fill in the form below! (We’ll only use the details for this competition, nothing else, and they will just be seen by Mark and me)
* You can only win it if you succeed in finding a beer and actually blog about it, if you fail then you can’t and won’t win and it’ll go to the runner-up (assuming they’ve succeededâ€¦). â€˜Success’ means at least attempting to find a beer and must include writing a blog post; no blog post, no win, simple as that. And only UK-based entrants can win the beer, sadly. If the winner is based outside of the UK then it goes to second place
Some further notes:
If you can’t find a beer from the country you are drawn then you need to show that you’ve made a considerable effort and you need to find a relevant replacement (food, coffee, soft drink, hot sauce) and explain why this is a relevant replacement.
For a few hints you can look at Beer Genie who have listed beers from each country and some foods. Even they can’t find beers for some, so that ups the ante.
If you don’t have a blog then let us know and we will find you somewhere to guest blog about it. If you are happy to have guest bloggers then let us know.
It can be any beer from the country you get drawn, but try and make sure it’s actually brewed there if you can (for example, don’t choose Fosters if you get Australiaâ€¦).
If you get a difficult team then tell us how you did/didn’t manage to find the beer. That’s as interesting as the actual drinking of it!
We will do a round-up of all the blogs after the World Cup is finished.
If you want to donate a prize to the competition then please feel free, maybe we can have a wild card or a second place, or a box of beer for the best effort to get a hard-to-find beer.
And thanks to Richard from myBrewerytap for designing the logo!