It seems that the masses in Myrtle Beach have gone World Cup crazy. Every four years this tends to happen due to the media and the magnitude on an international level. Soccer is one of the few sports actively played in nearly every country at the competitive level. When you couple that with some good old fashioned patriotism, you have some of the best fan moments of any sporting event that exists.
Just as competitive as the sport, are the drinks that go with the sport. Close ties to the pubs of Europe, Ireland and everywhere else in the world, soccer is a bar sport. One where there is chanting, cheering, taunting and, of course, drinking. Lots of drinking.
Here’s your drinking companion for cheering on the various nations still left in the cup competition.
If you want the real deal Rioz Brazillian Steakhouse (2920 Hollywood Dr., Myrtle Beach) is the place to get your table side caipirinha made with real Cachaça. Sit at the bar and I’m sure they will have the game on. If you want to try it in your home bar, Owens Liquors (8000 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach) has three labels available. Most high-end retail spirits stores will carry the Americanized Leblon Cachaça.
Owens Liquors has a single producer of Aguardiente represented in its inventory called Aguardiente Antioqueño. I have yet to find a local restaurant or bar that offers a pour of the “fire water,” but maybe that is for the best.
You may have to stick with the next-best-thing for the Netherlands fans out there. Every place on the beach will have gin. Some will have a nice little selection to choose from. Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin is made in the Netherlands and will be your most regionally conscious choice. Available at Owens Liquors..
I have not seen Guaro on the shelves in Myrtle Beach, but there are plenty of substitutions. Vodka is the natural choice and there is no shortage of vodka in our town. If that does not work for you, try a light rum instead.
To get a good taste of what France is capable of, enjoy a Bordeaux or something from the Rhone regions. Both are considered top red wine producing regions in France. Any wine shop on the beach will have bottles from both regions.
There is no denying that if German beer is what you crave, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (3060 Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach) is the place to go. From the Golden Export, a refreshing lager, to the Schwarzbier, a dark lager with deep flavors, Gordon Biersch makes and serves the best German beer around.
In Myrtle Beach, nearly everywhere has a Malbec. The price, flavor and presentation all favor what we love in a bottle of wine.