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Bloke is drinking beers from all countries in the World Cup after collecting all 32

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Bloke is drinking beers from all countries in the World Cup after collecting all 32

A football fan has opened up about setting himself the task of collecting 32 beers from every country playing in the Qatar World Cup.

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The 2022 Fifa World Cup is being held in Qatar and in preparation - as any normal Brit would - Gus Hully has been busy sorting out the bevs.

However, unlike most of us who would simply settle for whatever we can lay our hands on - even if a lukewarm can - Gus has decided to try and get his hands on a beer from every single country playing in the competition.

The 35-year-old told LADbible how he came up with the idea, which beers were trickiest to get hold of and whether or not he's planning to drink them all in one go.

Gus has collected a total of 32 beers from across the globe. Credit: Handout
Gus has collected a total of 32 beers from across the globe. Credit: Handout

Thankfully, Gus didn't have to trek all over the world in search of most of the beers.

He explains: "I got about 20 beers from all around London and British websites, shout out to Beers Of Europe for Morocco and Hampstead Food & Drinks (the best Balkan shop in the UK) for Serbia and Croatia. Oh, and Asafo Restaurant in Brixton for the huge bottle of Club."

The 35-year-old football fan also called on the help of a friend in Barcelona for bottles from Ecuador and Uruguay.

"I got Cameroon from a trade with a Belgian guy and Costa Rica and Tunisia from a trade with a German guy.

"A friend of a friend living in Qatar helped me out with that and then some random Russian fella on holiday in Senegal sorted me out with a bottle of La Gazelle," he continues.

Some of the beers Gus sourced. Credit: @ballstothis/ Twitter
Some of the beers Gus sourced. Credit: @ballstothis/ Twitter

The most difficult beer to source? Senegal.

"All my sources in Paris were out of stock so I had to see if anybody was checking it in on a beer app called Untappd and hope that one of them would help.

"Qatar was tricky too as I had zero sources until I asked if anybody could help me on Twitter. Turns out a friend of a friend lives in Qatar and was happy to bring me one on his next trip to the UK," Gus tells LADbible.

Gus had to call on the help of friends and social media in order to get his hands on all the beers he needed. Credit: @ballstothis/ Twitter
Gus had to call on the help of friends and social media in order to get his hands on all the beers he needed. Credit: @ballstothis/ Twitter

Gus' impressive feat was inspired by 'a guy on an internet forum' who tried to buy beers from all countries playing in the 2010 World Cup.

Gus says: "He didn't succeed and I thought I could do better so decided to give it a go.

"Didn't manage it in 2014 but completed Euro 2016, World Cup 2018, Women's World Cup in 2019 and then the Euro 2020."

Gus plans to drink a beer each time a country gets knocked out of the World Cup. Credit: Handout
Gus plans to drink a beer each time a country gets knocked out of the World Cup. Credit: Handout

As much as most of us would like the idea of trying such a challenge ourselves for the s**ts and giggles, it took Gus a serious amount of dedication and planning to achieve the task.

"I guess it probably took about four or five months to find out where to get them all from, organise trades and get them all so it wasn't a quick or easy job," he warns.

However, the hard work has paid off as Gus now has a whole 32 quality beers to enjoy as he sits back and relaxes when the 2022 World Cup kicks off on Sunday, 20 November.

While I'd probably - unwisely and do not try this at home - save all the beers to either drink altogether in celebration or commiseration after the very final match - Gus said: "I'm planning on drinking each beer once that country gets knocked out so the end of the group stages should be fun!"

Featured Image Credit: Supplied

Topics: Food And Drink, Football, World News, World Cup, Sport

Poppy Bilderbeck
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