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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.
Foods For The 16 Days of Oktoberfest
These are not made with beer, but they go perfectly with a nice big mug of it. Try them at Oktoberfest or follow the recipes to make them at home. There is one for everyday of Oktoberfest to keep you happy and full.
TOUR: Big Rock Brewery
If you have never been there you should definitely go…Big Rock Brewery. Here’s a preview from the Beer Maven to wet your whistle.
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What Does Your Beer Say About Your Mood
Mood Rings; they were all the rage in the 70s and then made a comeback in the 90s which means they are probably due for a comeback sometime soon. While we wait let’s use our beer instead. What does the beer you’ve chosen say about you.