2017 IFBC Travel (and Survival) Guide: Refreshments

Jason Lake

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:19 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017 4:19 PM UTC

It’s almost time for the 2017 International Football Betting Conference. If you’re coming to Costa Rica next month, you’ll need plenty of beverages to beat the summer heat.

By now, you’re probably aware that the inaugural International Football Betting Conference is coming up this August 4-5 in Costa Rica. It’s a landmark event in the sports betting industry, an opportunity to rub elbows with the leading minds in the business. You can learn the ins and outs of betting on the football from from giants like Marc Lawrence, and get a behind-the-scenes look what goes into the NFL and NCAAF odds that you see every week at SBR.

We’ve had plenty of fun getting you prepped for the IFBC, but it’s time to get to some more serious matters: beer. One of the things that makes Costa Rica so special is the local beer industry. Yes, you can always order an Imperial, the mass-produced lager you’ll find just about everywhere. It’s perfectly drinkable on a hot day. But there’s also a very long list of craft brews that have popped up over the last decade. Suffice to say there will be something on the menu for you when you get here.

Cervezas de Mi Padre

Assuming you’re not alcohol-free, you’re definitely going to want to order a few cold ones. It’s summer in Costa Rica, and after cramming all that football betting information in your head, you’ll need some refreshments. Once you’ve identified your target beer of choice, you’ll need to figure out how to order it – unless you’re conversant in Costa Rican Spanish, that is.

No sweat. Drew Martin recently gave us a demonstration on how to get your hands on some wobbly pops. There’s a bit more to it than just saying Una cerveza, por favor:

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Keep in mind that drinks aren’t cheap in Costa Rica. You can usually save some dough by ordering local instead of imported; if you insist on Heineken, don’t worry, there’s a local version of that available. Also, please drink responsibly – the local population doesn’t take too kindly to gringos who don’t know when to say when. We want to make sure there’s a second International Football Betting Conference next year.

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