Beer From Other Places: Russia

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Kentucky Growler not only values our own state’s beer but all beer. That is why Beers From Other Places was created. It is a digestible overview of beer from different countries, cities, state, and regions. This edition outlines the beer available in the Eurasian country of Russia.  

Russia’s beer has seen a rapid change over the past couple decades. 

It is not surprising that the two biggest beer cities in Russia are St. Petersburg and Moscow, but there are several cities in Russia to find craft beer. In Russia, western European countries have influenced the bars and taprooms. It is not hard to find a traditional Irish, German, or Belgian style pub. Even more recently, American craft beer has influenced the styles being enjoyed in Russia.

It seems the most popular breweries in Russia have been around less than a decade. Apparently, a change in economy and importation prompted Russian beer fans to begin brewing their own beer. Around the same time, there was a change in influences which resulted in a shift from the traditional beer styles to the more exciting American styles.

The names of the breweries in Russia vary from Russian words which are indecipherable for English speakers or quaint English names like Jaws and OneTonBrwery. One of the most popular breweries is Salden’s Brewery in Tula which specializes in hoppy west-coast style IPAs.

Craft Beer fans will find Russia provides styles ranging from English mild to Czech pilsner to New England style IPAs. The international flavors available should please beer drinkers from Kentucky and around the world.

On the next edition of Beer From Other Places, Kentucky Growler will feature another location which some beer drinkers may have never considered.


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