I had the great privilege last night of getting to tag along with Mr. and Mrs. Beer Blog to Reuben’s Brews, where owner Adam Robbings is a fellow Brit and huge Tottenham Hotspur fan. So naturally, he’s pretty excited to see the Sounders face the Spurs this Saturday at Century Link field in a friendly.
He’s so excited that he actually brewed a special beer for the Hotspur – London Calling, a British pale ale. You can read Adam’s story about behind the beer and how it was made here. In the meantime, back to last night.
I’m a Chelsea FC fan. Born a Chelsea fan, raised a Chelsea fan. It’s like religion in England – your parents bring you up to love whatever they were brought up to love, and the team support stays in the family. Chelsea came to play the Sounders two years ago, and that was one of the most exciting moments of my life. I know how Adam feels. So I resisted all urges to put on my blue polo shirt and yell “Come on you Blues” as I walked into a brewery full of Tottenham fans last night. I can appreciate good football (yes, I said football) when I see it, and Tottenham has had a great team in the past few years being near the top of the table. And let’s face it, Tottenham gave us Dempsey, so we have that.
Reuben’s Brews was packed last night for a special tapping of London Calling. And who showed to up to tap the cask? None other than legend Ledley King, who played over 300 games with Tottenham and joined the English national team in 2010 for their World Cup game against USA. King has been retired since 2012, but sure was working hard last night to take pictures with and sign autographs for fans.
The best part of all this is that part of the proceeds from the sale of London Calling go to Street Soccer Seattle, an organization devoted to using soccer to uplift and empower homeless individuals in Seattle.
The Sounders and Spurs face off this Saturday, July 19th, at 1pm – to a crowd of over 64,000 fans (my friend in England pointed out that this was incredibly high for a friendly). If you have your ticket, go cheer them on! If you don’t, you’re missing out on seeing some great footie.