How home brewing courses are held in Minsk
Home brewing is a popular hobby all over the world. There are already many people in Belarus who are interested in the production of beer at home. Even more people…

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Beer guide in St. Petersburg
The second largest city in Russia has long been a center of attraction for tourists. Everyone finds something different in St. Petersburg. Travelers from all over the world come to…

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How an American distributor convinced people that Corona beer contains urine
For those who love beer very much, the expression “tastes like warm urine” is perhaps the most powerful insult that can only be thrown towards this drink. And although you…

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16th Century Antwerp Pubs

Beer history researcher Rowel Mulder, in his blog Lost Beers, talks about the many pubs in Antwerp in the 16th century and the variety of beers and wines you could try there.

Peasants having fun at the Swan Tavern
Painting by Peter Brueghel the Younger, “The Peasants Having Fun at the Swan Tavern” (c. 1630). Source: Wikimedia Commons
There are many cities in Belgium where you can spend the whole night moving from one pub to another. There is everything here: dark places hidden behind narrow medieval portals, and brightly lit eateries for simple hard workers. But the best place to walk around the pubs is Antwerp: here you will find sailors, students, the elderly hippies, workers and drunken Dutch. In the sixteenth century, the situation was not much different from the modern one, according to someone who knows a lot about booze: Bacchus himself, the god of winemaking. Continue reading

Beer Copying: Tips for Beginners

Repeating your favorite variety is much more difficult than just brewing beer at home (although in both cases you will need some basic skills). But you should not set a goal to create an exact copy – it’s enough to brew a more or less similar drink, and who knows, you might even be able to improve the classic variety!

The Beer Judges Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guide (BJCP) contains a copy of the beer category, which is often misunderstood. If you, for example, welded an exact copy of the Firestone Walker Union Jack, perfectly fitting into the style, then its place is in the same category as the original: your perfect FWUJ will be classified as American IPA. Continue reading

Tasting: eight varieties of the Polish brewery Trzech Kumpli

At the recent Minsk Craft Beer Fest, the Polish brewery Trzech Kumpli successfully debuted in Belarus. A month later, the beer of this company appeared on open sale in Minsk.
Trzech Kumpli is one of the pillars of the craft revolution in Poland. The brewery has existed for five years and is a constant participant in the most important brewing events in the neighboring country. During its existence, Trzech Kumpli introduced about fifty varieties, many of which continue to be produced on an ongoing basis. Brewers themselves emphasize that they are obsessed with using the freshest and highest quality hops, and it is their vibrant taste and aroma that underlie most varieties. It is logical that six of the eight we tested are different IPA variations.

Nevertheless, we begin the tasting with lager and blond ale. Pils isn’t as much a Pilsner as expected – rather, a variation on the Czech theme. Continue reading

Try Belgium for a taste: Belgian beer festival takes place in Minsk
It is believed that the first Belgian beer appeared during the Crusades in the XII century. Local monasteries brewed and sold beer to earn on charitable deeds. In addition, it…

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How an American distributor convinced people that Corona beer contains urine
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The best trends in the US beer market in 2019
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What are “natural flavors” in beer and what are they used for?
Surely in your favorite beer store you have often caught the eye of a bottle with the words "brewed with natural flavors." What does this mean? In fact, it can…

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