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Sevenlee
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beers 1572 º places 72 º 03:06 Fri 6/21/2013

Iím fulfilling my dream of going to Russia this year and I have a question on the beer there.

With all that cyrillic, how will I know what Iím drinking??? Any tips?

I plan to hit up some bars and bottle shops in Moscow and St Petersburg so Iím wondering if anyone has any recommendations on places to go and beers to try.

Any help would be great, cheers!

 
evilempire
beers 137 º places 59 º 03:38 Fri 6/21/2013

Originally posted by Sevenlee


With all that cyrillic, how will I know what Iím drinking??? Any tips?


without wanting to sound too facetious, learn the cyrillic alphabet! itís only 20 letters... I learnt it quickly out of necessity when I went to Serbia, once you get the hang of it you can easily transliterate to English letters - so you might not know what it means but youíll at least know what itís called. Anything youíre stuck with, take a photo and work it out later

once youíve got the hang of transliteration, avoid anything called ímocneí, means strong and is basically an alcohol delivery system - 7%+ but usually very thin and tastes of paint stripper

 
Nightfall
beers 1306 º places 39 º 04:56 Fri 6/21/2013

Print this : http://www.ancientscripts.com/images/cyrillic.gif , and/or keep photos of the labels and the barcodes and there are people here to help you out with the ones you canít identify.

 
MacBoost
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beers 1539 º places 25 º 06:28 Fri 6/21/2013

Krepkoe means "strong" in Russian, so yeah. Probably best to avoid those.

 
Marko
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beers 4328 º places 221 º 07:39 Fri 6/21/2013

Originally posted by Nightfall
Print this : http://www.ancientscripts.com/images/cyrillic.gif , and/or keep photos of the labels and the barcodes and there are people here to help you out with the ones you canít identify.


This. Photos of the part where the producer might be written would be nice too.

 
Alen
07:57 Fri 6/21/2013

In mother Russia, you donít drink beer, beer drinks you.

 
spartakbarnsley
beers 67 º 12:13 Fri 6/21/2013

Originally posted by Sevenlee
Iím fulfilling my dream of going to Russia this year and I have a question on the beer there.

With all that cyrillic, how will I know what Iím drinking??? Any tips?

I plan to hit up some bars and bottle shops in Moscow and St Petersburg so Iím wondering if anyone has any recommendations on places to go and beers to try.

Any help would be great, cheers!


Most Russian beers are absolutely best avoided. However, there are a few decent ones, you just need to seek them out.

The Vasileostrovskoe craft brewery in St Petersburg is starting to make some cracking brews. Their new First IPA and Coffee Stout are superb. Find them in glass bottles in upmarket supermarkets such as Stockman. Their stock beers Temnoe (dark) and Krasnoe (red) and reasonably widespread on tap, plus some supermarkets sell them in plastic bottles, poured from kegs in the shop. Also widely available from kegs in supermarkets are Pyatii Okean Svetnoe (light) and Temnoe. They are live, unfiltered beers and are also very decent.

Also widely available are Bile and Bila Nich, (White and White Night), an unfiltered light and dark beer respectively from Ukraine. Very interesting.

Apart from these, the rest of what you are likely to find here is utter garbage and should be avoided at all costs. Do not under any circumstances attempt to drink - Baltika, Nevskoe, Bochkarev, Zolotoe Bochkam Old Bobby, and Zhigulovskoe. Or any of the Russian-brewed commercial beers. Unbelievably, Russian made Carlsberg is even worse than the Danish version.

Oh, and yes, learning the cyrillic alphabet is definitely useful if you want to know what you are drinking!

 
spartakbarnsley
beers 67 º 12:16 Fri 6/21/2013

Oh, forgot to mention, there are a couple of decent brewpubs. The two Paulainer ones (on Ploschad Pobedi and Nevsky Prospekt in the Park Inn hotels), and Baltika Brew, which also serves Indian food are both well worth checking.

 
GT2
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beers 9408 º places 660 º 13:00 Fri 6/21/2013

Learn Cyrillic because it is so easy, then photograph labels and barcodes of the bottles you drink. At the very least, if you are stuck you can ask the forums again for identification.

 
Sevenlee
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beers 1572 º places 72 º 03:14 Mon 6/24/2013

Cheers for the advice everyone. I was planning on looking into the alphabet anyway so it seems the best way to go.

"Do not under any circumstances attempt to drink - Baltika..."
Really? A lot of it is rubbish but I thought the porter was pretty good.

 
lihaiqing
04:02 Mon 6/24/2013

good for you