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June 10, 2014 at 10:37am

Beer Here: Doyle's to go big during World Cup 2014, plus upcoming beer events

Doyle's Public House in Tacoma is ready for World Cup 2014 action. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

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Maybe it's the geo-political pageantry. Maybe it's that study abroad you did in Germany. Maybe it's Lionel Messi's hair. Whatever your reason for paying attention, it's World Cup time, kicking off June 12 and running through July 13.

The average American's knowledge of futbol is limited to the following: "Ole, ole, ole, ole, ole" and an extended "goooaallll" or two.Others might believe underwear model David Beckham, who married Posh Spice, is STILL playing for Los Angeles.

That's not the case outside this country. The rest of the world is counting down the minutes. They'll be misspending all their waking moments between June 12 and July 13, hoarse and bleary-eyed. They're bat shit crazy over the game.

Back in 1966, when the favored Italian team got upset in the World Cup by piss-ant North Korea, the shamed losers tried to sneak home under cover of darkness. Instead, hundreds of angry Italian fans pelted them with rotten fruit at the airport.

Sixteen years later, after the Italians upset Brazil on its way to winning the 1982 Cup, three people in Rio de Janeiro committed suicide. Five others collapsed and died. And when Austria knocked off neighboring West Germany in 1978, one distraught West Berliner leaped out of a high window. "I don't want to live anymore," he shouted.

Not us. We live in Sounders Country. We understand the beauty of a 1-0 game. We understand the journey is equally important as the destination. We chant. We wave flags. We stand. We mortgage our houses to buy stadium beer. The enthusiasm we have for the Seahawks transfers to the Sounders. Doyle's Public House sells out its Sounders bus regularly. The first thing Olympia's future Three Magnets Brewing Company bought was a 90-foot screen to broadcast Sounders games.

Luckily, there's still time to do your soccer homework before the FIFA World Cup 2014 kicks off in Brazil Thursday, with the first U.S. match Monday against Ghana.

The entire globe will be tuning in to the monthlong event, and a ton of South Sound spots are dedicating their itinerary to it. One local spot is going bat shit crazy during the World Cup: Doyle's Public House.

>>> A schematic of the tent Doyle's will erect during the World Cup.

The United Kingdom-style pub in Tacoma's Stadium District will erect a 4,400 sq. ft. tent in its neighboring parking lot, placing two, 20-foot screens on opposite ends so on the final day of group stage we will be able to show both matches. There will be raised seating on both sides of the tent to provide better sight lines as well as increased standing room. A centrally located bar will make it easy to quench your thirst.

"This World Cup is as big for Doyle's as was the 2006 tournament that put us on the map as the must-be place for soccer," says Doyle's co-owner Russ Heaton.

I tossed a few more questions at Heaton.

NEW BEER COLUMN: How excited are you about the World Cup?

RUSS HEATON: For me, June 12 at 1 p.m. will be the culmination of planning that started back on July 12 of 2010. The experience we provide people during the World Cup will surpass anything we have done to date.

NEW BEER COLUMN: What do you say to the naysayers and gloom merchants who laugh at the USA's chances since Landon Donovan won't be there?

HEATON: The U.S. is a stronger side without Donovan starting, and if he is not starting it is better to bring faster more dynamic individuals off the bench to energize the game. The Bradley/Beckerman duo will be far more effective against our group stage opponents. This is similar to when Kasey Keller was left off the 2010 squad while having a solid season for the Sounders.

NEW BEER COLUMN: Can we beat Ghana June 16?

HEATON: We will beat Ghana on the 16th!

NEW BEER COLUMN: 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3?

HEATON: The U.S. will not play a traditional 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 or 4-5-1. It will be all about the ability to link and flow in both the attack and defense.

NEW BEER COLUMN: What would happen in this country if USA won the thing?

HEATON: It's difficult to imagine the U.S. winning, but the build up would be incredible. Imagine if the Miracle at Lake Placid, but in today's super charged media.

NEW BEER COLUMN: What would you do?

HEATON: I would probably cry because I am a bit weepy. Even when I hear the Ian Drake call from 2010 I get a bit misty.

Since this is a beer column, I must mention Doyle's will be serving Budweiser, the official beer of the World Cup, in their distinctive 16-ounce gold aluminum bottles. The neighborhood pub will also be pouring Guinness Stout, Smithwick's Irish Ale, Boddington's Cream, Newcastle Brown, Stella Artois Lager and regional craft beer.

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Here are upcoming beer events in the South Sound. ...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11

Heathen Brewing, a small-batch craft brewer in Vancouver, Wash., will make its Puget Sound debut at Pint Defiance, before making its Seattle debut the following night at Brouwer's Café. From 5-7 p.m., expect Son of Malice Double IPA, Transgression IPA, Imbibe Session IPA, Ete Saison, Dubhgal Dry Irish Stout and raffle prizes.

Puyallup River Alehouse hosts Georgetown Brewing Company for a night of Georgetown beers, giveaways, raffles, dollar tacos and more from 6-9 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15

Dad's big day is just around the corner and the last thing you want to do is put off getting a gift till the last minute because we all know how that will end - with you gifting him yet another tie (that joke never gets old). This yea,r why not give Dad the gift of something delicious and local. Sounds good right? The Harmon Tap Room presents a "Father's Day Brewery Tour & Tasting" from noon to 4 p.m. For $20, Dad may tour Harmon's brewery operation, and then enjoy five small plates paired with beer. Reserve Dad a spot at 253.212.2725.

MONDAY, JUNE 16

Pint Defiance hosts notable craft brewer David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. to discuss beer and sign bottles from 3-5 p.m. Expect Union Jack and DBA on tap, Stickee Monkee Barrel-Aged Central Coast Quad bottles and a rare keg of Barrelworks Li'l Opal Blended Oak-Aged Saison, which was released April 19.

The Twisted Kilt Irish Pub in Puyallup will serve 99-cent beers whenever the U.S. scores against Ghana during World Cup action.

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