Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Seven things you didn't know about the competitionIBTimes UK

The most flamboyant, fabulous and utter insane musical event is finally upon us again and we eagerly await the European hopefuls competing to give their best in the hope to get more than nil point. Risking political and musical failure, there is a whole lot at stake so why risk watching such tense audio drama unfold without a beer in your hand? What better then to drink along to your favourite act with their national beer?

The people at There's A Beer For That have pulled together their best beers from Europe (and Australia) that you can toast along with your favourite acts.

Russia

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Who is performing? Sergey Lazarev - You Are the Only One

Baltika

Available From: Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda

RRP: £3.00 (x6)

ABV: 0%

Baltika is the only one for you if you're supporting Russia during Eurovision. This may be an alcohol-free beer but you can always chase it with some traditional vodka if you fancy. If not, this is a fabulous country to support if you don't want to drink


France

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Who is performing? Amir - J'ai Cherché

Bellerose Biere Blonde

Available From: www.beersofeurope.co.uk

RRP: £2.19

ABV: 6.5%

France keep tipping around in the odds to second place but whether it's good or bad news, make sure you have a bottle of Bellerose Biere Blonde in your hand. With three different hops collected from three continents, this beer is a mix between the French 'Biere de Garde' style and an IPA.


Australia

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Who is performing? Dami Im - Sound of Silence

Foster's

Available From:Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury's and Morrisons

RRP: £3.50 (x4)

ABV: 5.0%

Eurovision has officially welcomed Australia for the second time and yes, no one Australian really drinks Fosters but then Eurovision isn't for embracing reality. First brewed in Melbourne and now enjoyed all over Europe, you can fully incorporate Australia in Europe by drinking their best hoppy export.


Sweden

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Who is performing? Frans - If I Were Sorry

Pistonhead

Available From: www.beersofeurope.co.uk

RRP: £1.79

ABV: 4.60%

Pistonhead is not for the faint-hearted, but the fantastic people of Sweden know what they're doing when it comes to hearty beers with a punch. Crafted in a self-proclaimed 'brutal brewing workshop' the 'kustom lager' is a smooth, no-nonsense beer that has a lovely spicy, citrusy edge and it glows in the dark!


Bulgaria

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Who is performing? Poli Genova – If Love was a Crime

Zagorka

Available From: http://www.beerhere.co.uk/

RRP: £1.99

ABV: 5.5%

Support Bulgaria with their light, refreshing Zagorka. A little higher than the regular choice at 5% but its rich flavour is ideal for a big Eurovision party.


Malta

Who is performing? Ira Losco – Walk on Water

Cisk

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Available From: www.beersfromeurope.co.uk

RRP: £1.59

ABV: 5.0%

Cisk is a seasoned performer in Malta, created in 1928. Crisp and fresh but with a pleasant bitter undertone, it is ideal for a hot day and even better for Eurovision.


Ukraine

Who is performing? Jamala – 1944

Obolon Lager

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Available From: www.beersofeurope.co.uk

RRP: £1.79

ABV: 4.5%

Ukraine's Obolon lager is available all over London but make sure you pick it up for this Saturday night. Deeply fermented with a bold flavour, this is a delicious golden beer.


Latvia

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Who is performing? Justs – Heartbeat

Aldaris Porteris

Available From: www.beersofeurope.co.uk

RRP: £2.89

ABV: 6.8%

Latvia provide a bold entry every year so their beer should be no different. The Aldaris Porter is a dark, strong beer that might not be an all-night session choice but it is ideal for a few toasts.


Armenia

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Who is performing? Iveta Mukuchyan – Love Wave

Ararat

Available From: www.beerhere.co.uk/

RRP: £2.19

ABV: 4.5%

Light, summery and sweet, Ararat is one you can definitely settle in with for the evening. Apple, floral and biscuity notes make this Armenian offering a firm favourite.


Serbia

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Who is performing? ZAA Sanja Vučić – Goodbye (Shelter)

Jelen Pivo

Available From:www.jelenpivo.com/sr/pocetna

RRP: £1.49

ABV: 5.0%

Jelen Pivo is the leading core lager brand in Serbia-Montenegro. Warm and honey-like in flavour, this is a light hoppy lager perfect for a party.


United Kingdom

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Who is performing? Joe & Jake – You're Not Alone

Meantime IPA

Available From: Ocado and Waitrose

RRP: £5.35

ABV: 6.9%

The UK might be rubbish at Eurovision these days, but we certainly know our beer and Greenwich's Meantime Brewery make some incredible varieties. The classic IPA is a super-light, sweet ale great for summer drinking, just make sure to save a few for the Eurovision party.