Wednesday, 2 June 2010

The home straight

Sign found by James in the Shepherd's Bush area

Tuesday sent out versions of the press release to local, UK, football and beer media. Got some nibbles but no bites, then around 3pm I notice that Henry Winter, famed footy journo of Daily Telegraph fame has picked up on COGH and wished us good luck. Suddenly we're getting a hundred hits every five minutes! Consequently we're through the 2,000 barrier - and we haven't even held the beer World Cup yet!

More importantly, the search for the last few beers goes on. Arranged to meet photographer for the Evening Argus (Brighton's local paper - piece in Thurs) outside the Afri-Mart on Preston Road in order to pose for photos. Whilst there bought a couple of bottles of this:-

BEER#28 - Ghana - £2.69

Promises 'a million golden bubbles'. We'll see

I also contacted Heineken (who make Pelforth Brune (kinda Cameroon)), a US distributor for Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant, Slovakia) and a couple of others. Who knows if these requests will bring results - we live in hope.

We've had an offer of a bottle of Jelen Pivo (Serbia) from Stevica Madjar - he's been a star, first being kind enough to help, then because getting beer out of Serbia is not as simple as it seems. Their Post Office forbids the transit of beer- but Mad Steva as he's otherwise known reckons he's got a plan. We may have a back-up plan for Serbia just in case his generosity is foiled by faceless bureaucrats.

If anyone is near the radio / internet tomorrow at 11.40am BST, me and James will be talking about COGH on BBC Sussex and Surrey and conducting live beer tasting in the studio. This will be the first time we've had the opportunity to put any of the contestants through their paces. Don't worry - we have some spares!

So as the beer hunting rounds the final bend, we're still totally in the dark as to how we're going to get Slovakia, Cameroon and Uruguay, have a cunning back-up plan for North Korea and are still in need of Serbia. We have the numbers of all the respective London embassies, so may well give them a call over the next couple of days and see if we can pull some diplomatic strings.

That's about all the news that's fit to print at the moment - though I'm sure James has got some interesting posts now he's back from holiday. We have more great ideas for COGH over the next few weeks including 'Hop Trumps', an exciting game you can play during ad breaks inbetween matches.



  1. Tamara Fletcher2 June 2010 at 11:06

    Pete - just thought my neighbour is going to Slovakia next week and as I'll be watering his plants, I'll ask him to bring a beer home...x

  2. thats brill,

    will need it pretty soon but the more the merrier - and if its too late you'll have some Golden Pheasant for yourself.

    Thanks for the offer,