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March 28, 2017 09:45

From Magnum to Amarillo: Profibeer has found a Russian brewery with its own hop farm

From Magnum to Amarillo: Profibeer has found a Russian brewery with its own hop farm

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By Russian realities Podsosnovsky brewery is almost a miracle: it is an industrial brewery working entirely on local raw materials. It takes water from the own well, malt barley in the own malt house and grows hops in the own hop farm, that is surprisingly for Russia.  We’ve found out why and how the brewery established the hop production.


The new trend locavore, or "a-field-to-glass", has been developing for a long time in European and American brewing.  Consumers are waiting for beer from local ingredients, and breweries start their own hop farms and malt houses.  It is a part of the world movement: a modern man, satiated with a global mass product, is looking for quality in locality and handcraft.

In Russia this trend is not so developed yet.  Only big (or sometimes medium-sized) breweries operate their own malt houses.  But situation with hops cultivation, that require especially painstaking work and long time to pay for itself, was even more unfortunate:  Russian hop gardens have not recovered from the Gorbachev's "dry law" and have almost completely died by the 2000s.

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