Boxes of Beer — World Cup 2010 Edition

June 1, 2010 by Aaron Goldfarb | Filed under Boxes of Beer.

The 1st Annual NCAA Tournament “Boxes of Beer” pool was such a rousing success that everyone has all but demanded another one.  And, thus, with the world’s most exciting sporting event just two weeks away, a World Cup Boxes of Beer pool is in order.

Here’s the deal if you missed out on the first one:

To enter into this tournament pool your “fee” is simply beer.  You just need to offer up a nice local beer from wherever you live.  Doesn’t have to be rare, doesn’t have to be expensive, doesn’t even have to be good (although, what kinda dickhead would offer up a shitty beer?)  You live in Wisconsin, offer up a bottle or two of New Glarus.  California, how about some AleSmith?  Kansas and a Boulevard Smokestack would be divine.

This year’s NCAA pool saw winners receive such beers as Surly Darkness, The Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Grand Cru, Bell’s Hopslam, and other swell local niceties from terrific brewers such as Captain Lawrence, Southampton, Russian River, and others I’m surely forgetting.

Now I’m not saying you have to be as generous of course (though EVERYONE was quite generous for the NCAA pool).  I don’t want this be a burden or expensive, and I’m sure most if not all entrants will agree that it wasn’t.  A bottle or two of beer, plus shipping, will cost you max $10-15, around the same as any NCAA or other sports office pool.

Here’s our private group, “Boxes of Beer

Password is of course:  beer

No one’s forcing you to enter, so please, if you do enter, don’t be a jerk and not live up to your end of the bargain if and when you most likely lose.  I believe only one or two people didn’t pay up (yet) for the NCAA pool.  I’ll be really pissed if that happens again.  And I’ll be insanely jealous at the thought of the winner receiving box after box after box of beers all throughout the end of summer.

If you enter, please leave a comment below telling us your entry name.  And if I don’t personally know you, or you didn’t enter the NCAA pool, then please send me an e-mail [] telling me your real name and real e-mail address so I can keep track.  (Goes without saying that you can’t enter this pool if you were one of the people that didn’t pay up for the NCAA pool.)  It might also be fun to speculate in the comments what beer(s) you might send to the winner should you lose.


(USA!!!  USA!!!! USA!!!!)

*Of course, you must be 21 or older.  My lawyers are making me say that.

**You also must have a US address to recieve your boxes should you win.  I’m not making any one ship internationally.

27 Responses to “Boxes of Beer — World Cup 2010 Edition”

  1. I just signed up. Sounds like a blast. Go USA!

    I’ll probably contribute an Alpine… I have a bottle of Ned (Flanders Red) in the library right now, but maybe a Pure- or Exponential Hoppiness would be more appreciated.

  2. Duh – forgot to mention the team name. San Diego Surf Dawgs.

  3. Whoa–Ned! I’ve been wanting to try that bad so I sure hope I win.

    Having said that, Expo Hoppiness is my #1 DIPA on Planet Earth so I’m sure the winner will be psyched to get something like that too.

    You heard the man people. It doesn’t get much better than winning some Alpine!

  4. NP says:

    Forza Gli Azzurri !!

    This will be the perfect opportunity for me to finally muster up the courage to ask the Alchemist to fill an extra growler I have.

    oh, and my team name is La NFP.

  5. Sean says:

    Although I finished 4th in the hoops pool, I had forged an early alliance with the eventual winner, and have received beers that (a) I had never had before and (b) probably would not have had the opportunity to try and (c) were all outstanding. The ‘worst’ beer that I received was pretty frigging great, and I have been the envy of my beer dork friends, so yeah everyone should sign up for this.

  6. Oooh…an Alchemist growler sounds very sexy!

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  8. Expectingrain says:

    Awesome- thanks for doing this. I will be contributing something from the Exit Series from Flying Fish.

  9. If Expectingrain wins again, I’m sending him a Corona Light.

  10. Aaron says:

    Is that an overweight Diego Maradona?

  11. Expectingrain says:

    Aaron, make it a Bud Chelada

  12. Aaron:


    How funny is that shit???

  13. Aaron says:

    I thought coke was supposed to make you thin.

  14. Expectingrain says:

    If winning again will get me just one more Abrasive Ale, I am prepared to stay awake for the next 240 hours working on my bracket.

  15. Dave says:

    Shit I know nothing about Soccer. But fuck it I’m in.

  16. Expectingrain says:

    As a participant in the 1st pool (and winner, natch) I would *highly* recommend getting in to this one. It makes watching so much more exciting and honestly, its better than winning money. You get new beer that you cannot buy delivered to your house! What’s better than that?

  17. Jay says:

    Aaron, I’m in as well. Anyone like Russian River beers? I’ll contribute whatever the rarest/hottest of their beers is at the end of the tournament – maybe a Beatification or something like that. I’ll make my picks later today.

  18. Awesome, thanks Jay.

    AND PLEASE, there are currently several people signed up for the pool that I do not know. If I do not know you personally, or you’ve never e-mailed with me before, or never commented here before then you MUST e-mail your real name and real e-mail address and/or comment in this thread or else you will be INELIGIBLE for the contest. Simple as that.

    It’s just too hard to “guarantee” one’s good-faith beer wager unless I actually know who they are aside from some ambiguous internet name.

  19. Scott says:

    I’m down to contribute something from the Bay Area. I’ll be in Socal this week so I might bring back something special from the Bruery. team-forthebirds

  20. Nat Webster says:

    Aaron, I’d like to join. I will contribute a The Bruery Mischief or Trade Winds Tripel or a maybe Stone’s 14th Anniversary, which should be out by the time the World Cup ends.

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  22. Hi Aaron,

    I’m NFP’s associate from Central Vermont. However I’ll be in the SF Bay area when the cup ends and will be offering up the best of what I find in them parts. And if nothing is to taste (super unlikely) I will submit a secret concoction that is equal parts Hallertauer Mittelfruh dry hops, gasoline, old scotch, and fermented chanterelle mushrooms.

  23. Nice! Welcome Greg. Ms. NFP has done a great job recruiting for this little thing. (We’ll have her to blame when we don’t win!)

  24. Harlan says:

    Hi, I am in as well. Thinking a Castle Milk Stout from South Africa that my friend just brought me back(it is a can)… Or a River Horse Ale from… NJ… or something else.

  25. Jape says:

    Just got in under the wire. Did not enter NCAA, so an email is on the way next. Thanks for hosting!

  26. Sean says:

    Well, I am fucked. Time to start checking out beers to send to the winner

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