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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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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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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Beer Sessions with Brett

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 harsh taste. Although these words may from time to time accurately describe the same beer, they have different meanings, and using them as synonyms can disappoint brewers who try to describe their varieties thoroughly.

What is wild beer?
“Wild beer” – or rather, “wild ale”, as it was called from the very beginning in Belgium and Germany, is a beer made with the help of something that goes beyond the traditional Saccharomyces cerevisiae brewer’s yeast. Continue reading

Opinion: what a brewer should be able to cook

In the section “Opinion”, which publishes reflections on the cornerstone issues of modern craft brewing, we asked several brewers to speak on what should be able to cook in 2019.

On May 10–11, I managed to attend one of the best beer festivals in the world. The MBCC, which takes place annually in Copenhagen, gathers more than a hundred breweries. Many of them are at this holiday for the first time, someone comes from year to year. It is believed that this festival sets the tone for the craft market and allows you to experience the achievements of industry giants.

As for MBCC 2019, then several styles ruled the ball at once. Firstly, these are imperial confectionery stouts – dense, viscous, sweet, barrel. I admit, it was quite difficult to move away from some racks, as beer, at times, left me in a little shock. Secondly, this is the New England IPA. They were also abundant here: muddy, juicy, fruity, dense, double, triple, with prefixes micro and DDH. Thirdly, it is impossible not to mention the whole variety of “sour”. Continue reading

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

How ancient torture inspires brewers to experiment creatively
Learning about the ancient method of torture called Scaphism, Billy Powell, the owner of the Long Island Nightmare Brewing Company, felt that he simply had to brew beer inspired by…

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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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Wild Fermentation: Everything You Need to Know About Chips
There is nothing cooler than coals - especially for retro-futurists who love great beer. Kulship is a large but shallow container made of copper or stainless steel. Use it to…

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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…

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