brewer at Fifth Hammer
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
The brewery in the Minsk Friends restaurant has been operating since 2014. The equipment of the Czech manufacturer Pacovske Strojirny is installed here. A specially invited brewer from the Czech company Czech Brewmasters s.r.o Jiri Karlik set up the production process. Each year, he continues to visit Friends to conduct an audit. During his recent visit, we managed to meet and find out how much time it takes to develop a new variety and why women began to consume more beer.
Cooperation with the restaurant began after the equipment was purchased, so the main task that stood before me was to debug technological processes.
The first year and a half I worked continuously, now I come every six months to a two-three-day audit. To maintain a high level of beer quality, it is necessary to control each process. Proper operation of the equipment, adherence to technological processes and the professionalism of the brewer are the three main whales on which a successful brewery rests. Continue reading
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