New Belarusian brewery Balance Brewery launches first beer
On the map of Belarusian breweries one more asterisk was lit. Ilya Bychik, who has worked at the Midnight Project and Łajdak Brewery in the past, will present the first…

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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.…

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A Brief History of Cork Bottles
Beer in a bottle with a hinged lid, although not very common, is in demand. Such bottles are easy to open by hand with the lever on the side of…

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“Ukrainian breweries lack elementary marketing”

Most recently, in the Minsk bar 1067, a new variety was presented, brewed jointly by the Belarusian brewery Jungle Brewery and the Ukrainian contract brewer Yevgeny Bilichenko. The organizer of the collaboration was Alexander Dzengilevsky, who spent three years in Minsk, and is now a bar manager of one of the best Kiev craft establishments Punkraft. The journalist Pivo.by talked with the guests about the market prospects, attitude towards Untappd and views on the development of beer culture in Ukraine.

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What is kriek style beer?

One of my first encounters with kriek-style beer was at The Sovereign Bar, located in Washington. I had the opportunity to choose a variety from an extensive vintage collection in one of the best beer bars in the country. How can you miss such a chance?

When I went into the temperature-controlled room, I was greeted by shelves filled to the brim with the best samples of beer from around the world. It was awesome. After I tasted the varieties from De Ranke, Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen, I was offered to try the Oude Kriek Cuvée René from the Lindemans Brewery. I have already tried this variety in the past, but I don’t think I have ever carefully analyzed every sip, as it did then at The Sovereign. It was … difficult, but in a good way. I have always considered this style quite aggressive – it is quite tart and sour, and it even feels on tooth enamel. However, the complexity and depth of this beer continued to drag me in with every sip. Continue reading

Seafood & Beer Food Paring

When dishes with gills, fins, tentacles and shells are presented on the menu, most of us will prefer wine. Undoubtedly, white or less full-bodied red wine goes well with various seafood delicacies. With beer, it’s a bit more complicated, but the result will exceed all expectations. The style of beer you have never attached importance to can be a revelation in itself when served with a suitable seafood dish. Seafood cooks in an article in Food & Wine magazine offer some of their favorite mixes. Pivo.by publishes a translation of the material.

“It may surprise you at first glance. After all, the delicate taste of oysters may seem like a bad pair for a dark and rich stout. But try this combination and you will see how the fried, malt notes of the stout work wonders with salted oysters, ”says Jenn Grosskruger, chef at Ocean Prime in Philadelphia. He suggests trying out the Great Lakes Brewing Shuck IT Oyster Stout, and we recommend Pearl Jet from Marston’s Brewery. The salty aftertaste of beer is perfect for oysters. Continue reading

Guide to Lost German Beer Styles
Jeff Allworth, in an article on his Beervana blog, parses a few ambiguous and lost beer styles from Germany. Pivo.by publishes a translation of the material. In the last two…

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Tasting: nine varieties from three breweries from St. Petersburg
Not so long ago, the second Zauglom network opened in Minsk. A bar-shop with a large selection of beer and, importantly, its own import is already overgrown with regular visitors…

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Why breweries produce non-alcoholic craft beer
Sarah Jane Curran,  talks about the growing demand for non-alcoholic craft beer and breweries that already produce such beer. Pivo.by publishes a translation of the material. According to a new…

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Sour and wild beer: what is the difference?
You may have heard the terms “sour ale” (sour ale, sour ale) and “wild ale” (wild ale, wild ale), often used interchangeably to refer to beer with a tart or…

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