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Russia is Jumping on the Craft Beer Wagon
Craft beer is quickly replacing vodka as the drink of choice for many young Russians.
By Shira Kogut on Dec. 27, 2016
Russians are not known to be beer drinkers, but like the rest of the world they are slowly being turned on to the Craft Beer Craze and it is bringing new light to a nation that has been in one of the longest recessions they have experienced this century.
Like in many countries, the push towards craft brewing is coming from American ex-pats like Texan Douglas Zent from Victory Art Brew and Dan Madden of Dok’n’Dan Brewing, but it is spreading like wildfire. The number of microbreweries and craft beer bars has increased exponentially over the past 5 years and continues to rise as the ruble continues to crash and fall.
If you’ve tried craft, you’ll never go back to lager. People try Indian Pale Ale and the way they think about beer changes straight away. Then they want something new, they like to experiment, play with tastes.
Pairing craft beers with hearty meals for an affordable price is what is keeping the industry a float. While older generations had sausage and bland lagers the new generation is enjoying grapefruit IPAs and chocolate-flavored stouts with hearty stews or burgers. But if things are so dire, how are they affording it? Well it is simple economics imported brands that traditionally were big sellers are too expensive because the ruble is so low. Local craft beer has become the main and most affordable option for most young Russians who hang out in the “Beer Triangle” of downtown Moscow. Last summer sours were the hit in the “Beer Triangle” this summer…well we’ll have to wait and see.
TOUR: Crannog Ales Brewery
During my Brewery Tour of 2014 I went to a few breweries. This brewery is one of the most unique breweries I have ever been to. I love what they do here and I always get their beer when I’m in B.C. They have it on tap or even by the Party Pig! This brewery is quite a hidden gem of BC breweries and a MUST go to if you plan on doing any tours!
I am a dark beer drinker through and through but I wanted to stretch my tastes a little and venture into the ever popular summer drink category. I’ve featured a variety of beers and even some ciders and hard iced teas. Everything is Canadian craft except for a couple Belgians thrown in the mix. Thank you to Bowen Island Brewing , Whistler Brewery, Big Rock, Steamworks, 49th Parallel Group, Alley Kat, Tool Shed, Yukon Brewing and Hey Y’all for sending these samples my way to feature. Cheers guys and happy summer drinking !
An Albertan Beer Legacy, a tribute to Jamie Gordon: Flat Cap Stout
Craft Beer in a Can. Jamie Gordon, the man who initiated the shift from craft bottling to beer cans. Find out how innovation, passion and creativity from one one person can fuel the shift of a whole industry. #flatcapstout
Tailor Made Beer? It’s in Your DNA
Have you always wanted to have a beer that was tailor made to your exact tastes? Well now you can. A London based brewery is actually making it possible to use your DNA to create a genetic profile of what flavours you like and what you don’t to make you the perfect beer.