Beer in Armenia

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A beer garden in Yerevan

Beer has been produced in Armenia since ancient times. In the 5th century BCE, after arriving at a village in Ancient Armenia, Xenophon wrote in the Anabasis that "There were stored wheat, barley, vegetables, and barley wine in the craters (clay pots). In upper level of vessels with the edges in the wine floated barley, and there was stuck a reed, large and small sizes and who wanted to drink, had to take a reed in his mouth and pull it through the wine. Not mixed with water, the wine was very strong, but for local people it was a very pleasant drink".[1]

Beer festival[edit]

The Yerevan Beer Fest is held annually during the month of August. It was first organized in 2014.[2] The Swan lake located in the park near the Yerevan Opera Theatre is the regular home of the festival.[3] In the 5th edition of the Yerevan Beer Fest held in August 2018, more than 10,000 visitors attended the festival, with the participation of all breweries and microbreweries in Armenia.[4]

Breweries[edit]

The first brewery in modern history of Armenia was opened in 1892 in Yerevan. Known as Zanga Brewery, the plant was located in the Hrazdan River gorge. The brewery's products were branded as Bok-Beer.[5] However, the plant was closed during the 1920s.

As of July 2018, the following six brewing companies are operating in Armenia:

  • Beer of Yerevan Brewery: operating since 1952 in Yerevan, and currently producing under the brands Kilikia (flagship brand), Yerevan, Hayer, Městské Pivo and 12.06.[6]
  • Gyumri Beer Brewery: operating since 1970 in Gyumri, Shirak Province, and currently producing under the brands Gyumri (flagship brand), Ararat and Aleksandrapol.[7]
  • Kotayk Brewery: operating since 1974 in Abovyan, Kotayk Province, and currently producing under the brands Kotayk (flagship brand), Erebuni and Urartu.[8]
  • Lihnitis Sevan Brewery: operating since 2007 in Sevan, Gegharkunik Province, and currently producing under the brand Kellers.[9]
  • Hayasy Group: operating since 2007 in Voskevaz village, Aragatsotn Province, and currently producing under the brand Hayasy.[10]
  • Dilijan Brewery: operating since 2016 in Dilijan, Tavush Province, and currently producing under the brand Dilijan.[11]

Microbreweries/Brewpubs[edit]

As of 2018, there are eight microbreweries/brewpubs that produce and serve draught/unfiltered beer in Armenia:

  • Alaverdi Draft Beer: operating since 1947 in Alaverdi, Lori Province, and currently serving Alaverdi unfiltered beer.
  • AM Group: operating since 1998 in Tairov village, Armavir Province, and currently serving Jäger unfiltered beer and Roskvas kvass.
  • 10 Out of 10 Entertainment Complex: operating since 2000 in Yerevan, and currently serving Blonder Slovak pilsner unfiltered beer.[12]
  • Karloff Czech Brewery-Restaurant: operating since 2012 in Yerevan, and currently serving Karloff unfiltered beer.[13]
  • Beer Academy Yerevan: operating since 2012 in Yerevan, and currently serving Academia unfiltered beer.[14]
  • Dargett Craft Beer: operating since 2016 in Yerevan, and currently serving Dargett craft beer.
  • Tovmas Craft Beer: operating since 2016 in Yerevan, and currently serving Tovmas unfiltered beer.
  • Vladimir Hakobyan Microbrewery: operating since 2017 in Dovegh village, Tavush Province, and currently serving Dovegh's unfiltered beer.

Republic of Artsakh[edit]

The Republic of Artsakh currently has a single brewery – Central Brewpub in the capital Stepanakert.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beer and Armenians
  2. ^ Yerevan Beer Fest
  3. ^ Yerevan Beer Festival 2018 - Armenian Festivals
  4. ^ http://yerkirmedia.am/social/yerevan-garejri-paraton/ Երևանի գարեջրի 5-րդ հոբելյանական փառատոն է այցելել ավելի քան 10 հազար մարդ]
  5. ^ Երևանի «Զանգա» գարեջրի գործարանի՝ 1910-ականների սկզբի պիտակը
  6. ^ "Kilikia Beer". kilikiabeer.com. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  7. ^ "Gyumri Beer". gyumribeer.am (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  8. ^ Kotayk Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Administrator. "All products". www.kellers.am. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  10. ^ "HAYASY Group official website". www.hayasy.am. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  11. ^ "A new beer factory in Dilijan". news.1tv.am. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  12. ^ "TASIC TAS - XGroup". xgroup.am. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  13. ^ "Karloff, Yerevan, Armenia | RateBeer". RateBeer. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  14. ^ "Beer Academy Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia | RateBeer". RateBeer. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  15. ^ "Central Stepanakert, Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh | RateBeer". RateBeer. Retrieved 2018-10-01.