First brewery in Nagorno-Karabakh!

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YantarCoast
beers 2659 º places 137 º 13:09 Sun 5/7/2017

Just noticed that Nagorno-Karabakh has a single drinker on the Most Difficult Countries to Drink page.

https://www.ratebeer.com/brewers/central-brewpub/31249/

A bit of searching shows that this place has been open since at least 2013:

http://gulikbeer.com.ua/xank%C9%99ndi-stepanakert/tsentral.html

Roughly translated:

01.2013

9 Grigor Lusavorich Street
Khankendi (Stepanakert)
Nagorno-Karabakh

01.2013 – The first brewpub, Central, has opened in Khankendi (Stepanakert), the capital of the unrecognised republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. The pub is owned by Edik Stepanyan. Equipment has been supplied by Czech company J. Hradecky s.r.o and is capable of producing 6,000 dekalitres (da) of beer annually. The brewpub currently has a single beer and does not produce any beer-related merchandise.

 
minutemat
beers 9345 º places 380 º 13:22 Sun 5/7/2017

I’m passing there tomorrow, will have a look

 
adamnowek
beers 5194 º places 118 º 15:36 Sun 5/7/2017

So cool! I really need to get on planning a trip to the unrecognised states of Europe.

I heard it was a Baltika 7 rebadge.

But seriously Yantar, I reckon if anyone could get a case of the beer it’s trade value would be massive.

 
77ships
beers 14202 º places 392 º 15:52 Sun 5/7/2017

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd-6WweqD0Y

 
CH-303
beers 3030 º places 119 º 15:57 Sun 5/7/2017

ISO

 
omhper
beers 29548 º places 281 º 16:56 Mon 5/8/2017

Actually this has been on the site for a good while: https://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=19580
I however received trustworthy information from a Moscow based tour operator that it was closed, hence it was retired.

Can you verify that the rating is new, and that the brewpub is still open?

 
YantarCoast
beers 2659 º places 137 º 01:04 Tue 5/9/2017

Originally posted by omhper
Actually this has been on the site for a good while: https://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=19580
I however received trustworthy information from a Moscow based tour operator that it was closed, hence it was retired.

Can you verify that the rating is new, and that the brewpub is still open?


Oh, sorry, I didn’t notice that. I will look into it. The guy’s rating contains the phrase "Currently this is the only brewery in the country" so I assumed it wasn’t a backlog rating.

 
adamnowek
beers 5194 º places 118 º 05:15 Tue 5/16/2017

Not to bring this back up again, but the one user that has rated this beer ( https://www.ratebeer.com/user/94354/beer-ratings/) has a pretty suspicious series of ratings: 178 ratings, 178 countries, and most of them were done over the course of a couple of days. Smells fishy.

 
YantarCoast
beers 2659 º places 137 º 00:39 Wed 5/17/2017

Originally posted by adamnowek
Not to bring this back up again, but the one user that has rated this beer ( https://www.ratebeer.com/user/94354/beer-ratings/) has a pretty suspicious series of ratings: 178 ratings, 178 countries, and most of them were done over the course of a couple of days. Smells fishy.


Yeah, I pointed this out previously when he had around the same amount of ratings, maybe 176 (all backlogged?), which all contained comments like "I tried this a long time ago, can’t remember the taste". I think that he had all those rates converted to ticks. This time it seems that he’s rated them again, but with slightly more detailed descriptions.

Getting back to this Nagorno-Karabakh beer, I wrote to this guy on May 8 asking whether it was a recent rate, but haven’t received any reply. So it’s questionable as to whether this beer actually exists anymore. Although someone posted a photo of the brewpub to FourSquare a couple of days ago:

https://foursquare.com/v/central/513e0c4be4b0923350badf73

So perhaps it’s still there.