Beer in Armenia

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Beer is produced in Armenia since ancient times. In the 5th century BC, after arriving in a village in Ancient Armenia (possibly in the territory of Artsakh), 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 taken 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]

Brewing Companies[edit]

As of 2016, there are 5 brewing companies operating in Armenia:

Beer of Yerevan[edit]

  • Kilikia Beer, Yerevan Beer, Hayer Beer, Městské Pivo and Ginevan Beer from the Beer of Yerevan brewery, located in Yerevan. Opened in 1952, it is the largest brewery in Armenia. Currently, several types of beer are produced and bottled by the brewery:[2]
    • Kilikia, pale lager, alcohol at least 4.8%.
    • Kilikia 1952, pale lager, alcohol at least 4.8%.
    • Kilikia 11, pale lager, alcohol at least 4.6%.
    • Kilikia Celebratory, pale lager, alcohol at least 5.3%.
    • Kilikia Elitar, pale lager, alcohol at least 5.6%.
    • Kilikia Jubilee, pale lager, alcohol at least 5.1%.
    • Kilikia Light ,pale lager, alcohol at least 4.5%.
    • Kilikia Youth, pale lager, alcohol at least 4.8%.
    • Kilikia Dark, Oktoberfestbier / Märzen, alcohol at least 4.4%.
    • Kilikia 0, low alcohol, alcohol at maximum 0.5%.
    • Kilikia Tonakan, premium lager, alcohol at least 5.3%.
    • Kilikia Dymchatoe Svetloe, smoked beer, alcohol at least 4.8%.
    • Kilikia Dymchatoe Temnoe, smoked beer, alcohol at least 4.4%.
    • Yerevan Premium, pale lager, at least 4.8%.
    • Yerevan Zhigulyovskoe, pale lager, alcohol at least 5%.
    • Hayer, pilsner, alcohol at least 4.9%.
    • Městské Pivo, pilsner, alcohol at least 4.8%.
    • Ginevan Elitar, premium lager, alcohol at least 5.6%.
    • Ginevan Elitar, pale lager, alcohol at least 5.3%.
    • Ginevan Klassicheskoe, pale lager, alcohol at least 4.8%.
    • Ginevan Platinum, pilsner, alcohol at least 5.1%.
    • Ginevan Temnoe, dunkel , alcohol at least 4.4%.

Gyumri-Beer[edit]

Ararat Premium Beer from the Gyumri Brewery
  • Gyumri Beer, Ararat Beer and Aleksandrapol Beer from the Gyumri-Beer, located in Gyumri.[3] Opened in 1970, it is the 2nd-largest brewery in Armenia. Currently, 6 types of pale lager beer are produced and bottled by the brewery under the Gyumri, Ararat and Aleksandrapol:[4]
    • Gyumri, pale lager, alcohol at least 4.5%.
    • Gyumri Gold, pale lager, wort extract is 13%, alcohol at least 4.7%.
    • Gyumri 11, pale lager, wort extract is 11%, alcohol at least 4%.
    • Gyumri Classic, pale lager, wort extract is 11%, alcohol at least 4%.
    • Ararat Premium "Since 1891", pale lager, alcohol at least 4.5%.
    • Aleksandrapol Premium "Since 1898", pale lager, alcohol at least 4.5%.

Kotayk Brewery[edit]

  • Kotayk Beer and Erebuni Beer from the Kotayk Brewery, located in Abovyan.[5] Opened in 1974, it is the 3rd-largest brewery in Armenia. Currently, 5 types of lager beer are produced and bottled by the brewery:
    • Kotayk, pale lager, alcohol at least 5.2%.
    • Kotayk Gold, pale lager, alcohol at least 5.6%.
    • Kotayk Tshani, pale lager, alcohol at least 5.2%.
    • Erebuni, strong lager, alcohol at least 6.4%.
    • Erebuni 14, pale lager, alcohol at least 4.8%.

Lihnitis Sevan Brewery[edit]

  • Kellers Beer from the Lihnitis Sevan Brewery, located in Sevan.[6] Opened in 2007, currently 1 type of lager beer is produced and bottled by the brewery:[7]
    • Kellers, pale lager, bottled and pasteurized, wort extract is 11.5%, alcohol at least 4.4%.
  • The brewery also produces 3 types of lager, that are only available in the brewery's pub (draught beer):
    • Kellers Gold Draught, pale lager, unfiltered, wort extract is 11.5%, alcohol at least 4.4%.
    • Kellers Gold Filtered, pale lager, unpasteurized, wort extract is 11.5%, alcohol at least 4.4%.
    • Kellers Dark Draught, dunkel, unfiltered, wort extract is 13%, alcohol at least 4.8%.

Hayasy Group[edit]

  • Hayasy Beer from the Hayasy Group, located in Voskevaz.[8] Opened in 2011, currently 3 types of lager beer are produced and bottled by the brewery:
    • Hayasy Classic, premium lager, alcohol at least 4.5%.
    • Hayasy Black, black beer.
    • Hayasy Exclusive, pale lager, alcohol at least 4.4%.

Draught beer brewery-restaurants[edit]

As of 2016, the Armenian capital Yerevan is home to 2 brewery-restaurants that produce and serve draught beer:

Karloff Czech Brewery-Restaurant[edit]

  • Karloff Beer from the Karloff Czech Brewery-Restaurant in Yerevan. Opened in 2012, it currently serves many types of beer:[9]
    • Karloff Classic, pilsner.
    • Karloff Dark, dunkel.
    • Karloff Gold, Dortmunder / Helles.

Beer Academy Yerevan[edit]

  • Academia Beer from the Beer Academy Yerevan in the capital of Armenia. Opened in 2013, it currently serves many types of beer:[10]
    • Academia Bitter, English pale ale, alcohol at least 4.8%.
    • Academia Dunkel, dunkel, alcohol at least 4.8%.
    • Academia Pils, pilsner,alcohol at least 4.6%.
    • Academia Weizen, weizenbier, alcohol at least 4.8%.

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