Pop into any hip bar in Russia ― the world’s third biggest producer of beer ― and you may be puzzled by the glaring absence of local brands. It’s easier to find an obscure pilsner from Japan than a pint of honest Russian lager. However, an ingrained distrust of home-made products within the country has recently been challenged by a new breed of small-scale craft breweries with adventurous production methods and unorthodox flavours. From Hawaiian-themed pale ales in the Urals to a laboratory-style brewery in St Petersburg, these are the five craft breweries transforming Russian beer.
Text: Igor Zinatulin
Image: Ivan Skorikov