Beer guide in Vilnius
The capital of Lithuania annually attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists from the CIS countries and Europe. This is largely due to the fact that low-cost airlines fly regularly to…

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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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Tasting: ten new varieties of the Russian brewery Jaws
Jaws beer is well known to the Belarusian consumer: for the first time varieties of the brewery appeared on sale in Minsk back in 2014. During this time, the number…

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In the race for “juiciness” NEIPA turned into something disgusting

This spring, my bride and I decided to go to Asheville (North Carolina) – a great place for beer lovers, which we have already visited more than once. Asheville is a small beer paradise, which is full of both large and small breweries, each of which seeks to occupy its own niche both in the local beer community and on the national beer scene. This is a great place to get acquainted with national trends and see how they are embodied in a single locality, literally living in beer. In addition, here you can take a good walk and eat delicious donuts, but this is off topic.

Sitting on the terrace of a large regional brewery (so be it, it was New Belgium) one wonderful day, in the middle of a wonderful vacation, my bride took a sip of her muddy IPA and immediately made a grimace. Note that this woman loves craft beer and adores Indian pale ale all her life. She also does not mind the muddy NEIPA. Her reaction was not caused by an initial prejudice to this style – she chose this muddy IPA from many other varieties, knowing full well what she could expect. But what she said later perfectly reflects one of the main problems of modern brewing. Continue reading

Tasting: an impressive line of varieties from the Russian Pivot Point brewery

Almost the entire line of the Russian Pivot Point brewery has appeared on sale in Minsk bars and shops. Pivo.by conducted a tasting of thirteen varieties: from light and strong IPL to strong double IPA. The tasting commission consisted of five people that day, which greatly facilitated the process of consumption and allowed to receive an unbiased feedback.

The Russian Pivot Point brewery began its production activities in early 2019. During this time, the company produced 15 varieties, most of which will now be available in bars and shops in Minsk (and in the future in regional cities of Belarus). As a container for establishments, the company chose nice 0.5 liter cans. The unified design style makes it easy to highlight the brewery’s products on the loaded bar shelves.

We begin our acquaintance with the brewery with the Hop Dozer brand. IPL style beer was hopped by the vibrant Cascade and Citra. Pour beer into glasses. Continue reading

Philip Vandenbruhle: “Belarus needs to develop local breweries. There will be no culture without them ”

It is no secret that the Belgian brewing school is one of the most respected. The Belgians, however, did not come to this immediately. There was a time when beer consumption and the number of independent breweries were unusually low. Pivo.by journalist met with the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Belarus, Philip A.G. Vandenbruhle, and talked about the traditions, culture and prospects of cooperation between the countries.

Philip Vandenbroele
– Tell us about yourself. What do you work with and how did you end up in Belarus?

– I was born in the city of Bruges and now I live in two countries, as it were. I am in Minsk for a week, and I spend the rest of the month in my own country. Continue reading

Forecasts for 2019: how the beer market in the UK will develop
In 2019, several interesting trends were observed in the craft beer market: the growing popularity of NEIPA, the emergence of many new sauers and (finally) the return of high-quality lagers.…

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Tasting: ten new varieties of the Russian brewery Jaws
Jaws beer is well known to the Belarusian consumer: for the first time varieties of the brewery appeared on sale in Minsk back in 2014. During this time, the number…

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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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How Home Brewers Created Their New York
Four years ago, John Hall invited me to perform at a beer festival that was once held by the now defunct All About Beer Magazine. One of the “speakers” was…

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