Балтика (Baltika) 7 Premium Lager

5.4% alc./vol., 500 ml bottle
Baltika Breweries – http://www.baltika.com/
St. Petersburg, Russia

DSCF1300I work at Industry Canada, and a few years ago I was involved in the planning for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  Nothing too athletic: computer programming for radio licence applications.  After all was said and done, I got a chance to meet the Russians planning the Sochi 2014 Olympics.  Naturally, I asked them about Russian beer, and the reply was that I should keep an eye out for this one.  (I was also told that I should maybe try something not from Russia…and the guy who said that works for their embassy.)  The “seven” just tells you that this export lager is the seventh style in their line-up.  Like the other Russian beer I had, there’s a pull-tab cap…not my favourite cap, but I didn’t cut myself this time.  The beer reminded me of any other typical European lager, but a pretty tasty one.  If you like your beer out of a unique bottle, this might be the beer for you.  The brewery only dates back to 1990, and it’s a huge factory cranking out mass-produced product, but your bohemian friends in the fine arts program don’t have to know that.

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