Trans-Siberian Part 20: My odyssey of beers from many lands
While my experience on the Trans-Siberian train wasn't the drunken vodka-fuelled rampage that everyone claims it to be, I did manage to sample a lot of the local fare. I didn't JUST drink beer, but hey, it's Russia, not much else to do sometimes ...
This actually says Zhiguly. It was very nice. It was 250 roubles (£5.20) for 500ml in the Hotel Cosmos. It was also 55 roubles (£1.14) in the kiosk at Ulan Ude. 9/10.
This is Kozel, a Czech beer served in the wrong glass by a very unhelpful barman. It also cost about 300 roubles (£6.20) for 500ml in the Hotel Cosmos. Wasn't very nice though. 6/10.
I had this one, Stare Misto, in the London Pub (what else) in Kiev. Despite lacking Cyrllic lettering, it's a Ukrainian beer. 8/10.
Chernigivske. Another Ukrainian feast. 7/10.
This is Spaten, served in the wrong glass in my hotel in Moscow. Grumpy barman didn't make it taste better. 5/10.
Baltika 7 was the best of the Baltikas we saw. There was a 0, a 3 and a 9 version too and there are probably all the ones in between too. They vary in strength but this one hit the spot. 9/10.
Here it is again, in a one-litre can version. That's quite a big can. They're common in Russia (in places that actually have stocks of beer).
Ayan Abakanskoe, a Pilsener beer by OAO Ayan, a brewery in Abakan, Republic of Khakasiya, so a genuine Siberian beer. It was better than the food. 7/10.
Syngur beer from Mongolia. This was very enjoyable. 9/10.
Borgio - as it says on the can, a Mongolian "lager beer" (those two words just make me think of Mitchell and Webb). 7/10.
Finally, a continuation of my journey which I didn't quite make. This is Hite, a South Korean beer I picked up in a supermarket in Peace Street, Ulaanbaatar. It cost about 60 pence but most beers were a bit cheaper than that. It was quite nice - like a lot of Eastern beers it is brewed from rice instead of hops. 7/10.
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