Armenian beer has large popularity in this country. Beer production in Armenia was widely spread since ancient times.
Even in the 5th century BC an ancient philosopher and historian Xenonphon wrote in his work Anabasis that Armenians used to make a delicious drink from stored wheat which was pleasant to drink.
Though the brands of Armenian beer are not very large in their number, believe, they are worth trying. Here are some of the best and most famous Armenian beer brands such as Kotayk, Kilikia, Gyumri etc.
Armenian Beer Brands #1: Kotayk
Kotayk is one of the oldest and best known Armenian beer brands. It was founded in 1974 in Abovyan, Armenia. Kotayk is produced in green bottles. It has rather pleasant sour aroma and goldish green color.
After the collapse of Soviet Union, the production of Kotayk Beer was on a poor level. At that period, Kotayk was not able to afford wide production of beer.
Today Kotayk belongs to one of the leading companies of Armenia, “Multi Group”, owned by famous Armenian businessman and politician Gagik Tsarukyan.
Kotayk Beer has a typically Armenian aroma of beer. Sometimes it may even seem a bit tough. So, if you are a lover of mild aromas, you’d better choose Kotayk Gold, taste of which is comparably milder that of the classic one’s.
You’ll find Kotayk beer in all shops, cafes, pubs and supermarkets of Armenia. It is one of the bestselling Armenian beer bands today. The prices of Armenian beer are rather reasonable in comparison to foreign ones, so Kotayk is not an exception as well.
Kotayk beer is a leading brand of Armenian beer production, and Armenian beer is mostly associated with this brand.
Armenian Beer Brands #2: Kilikia
Kilikia beer is another leading brand of Armenian beer production, widely known even outside the borders of Armenia. Kilikia was founded in 1952. During its more than 60 years of existence, the Kilikia has always tried to improve the quality of Armenian beer, reaching it to international standards.
Besides being one of the mostly demanded brands of Armenian beer in Armenia, Kilikia has also large export in:
- Ukraine and many other countries.
Starting the production from a little amount of beer types, currently Kilikia produces about 12 types of beer. Kilikia Armenian beer has introduced Armenia in many international exhibitions and won 30 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
You can enjoy Kilikia both in glass bottles and in tin cans. In comparison with Kotayk both the taste and aroma of Kilikia beer is lighter and milder, however you can feel the sourness which is the typical feature of Armenian beer.
As there is a large variety of Kilikia beer types, you’ll definitely find the one you were seeking.
Armenian Beer Brands #3: Gyumri
Gyumri is also well known and respectable Armenian beer brand. It was founded in 1970 in the city of Gyumri. Though there were some periods of development during the history of this Armenian beer.
Within the last years, Gyumri beer factory has been equipped with the latest technological solutions, which fostered the beer production of Gyumri and made its quality much closer to international standards.
Gyumri belongs to those Armenian beer bands which has always tried to preserve the best Armenian beer making traditions. Beer Gyumri is available in 0.33l, 0.5l and 1l bottles.
Gyumri is known for its vividly expressed hops flavor, however after the strong aroma comes rather light and enjoyable taste, which is worth trying.
Armenian Beer Brands #4: Ararat
If you are seeking a beer that would taste like once old Armenian beer, then you should try Ararat. Ararat is brewed by Gyumri Beer. Ararat is a comparably new brand in Armenia, however it became loved very soon.
Gyumri Beer tried to recreate the oldest aroma and taste of Armenian beer. The beer appeared to be successful. Many Armenians enjoy this beer with the sweetest recollections of their best years of life.
As it’s typical to traditional Armenian beer, Ararat is a rather bitter beer. Ararat beer together with other Armenian beer brand, Aleksandrapol, are considered the best products by Gyumri beer.
The beer has a rather bitter taste, so if you’re not very much fond of bitter beer, you’d better try something else from other Armenian beer bands, such as Kilikia dark.
Armenian Beer Brands #5: 12.06 Premium Beer
12.06 premium beer is produced by Yerevan beer factory. 12.06 is not widely known in Armenia, though there are special ones who appreciate this beer. You’ll meet this Armenian beer in tin cans.
As a whole, not many Armenian beer producers have beer in tin cans, which is one of the disadvantages of Armenian beer.
Some people find that the cost of the beer is higher in comparison with its quality, meanwhile others don’t pay attention to it and keep on enjoying their favorite beer.,
Armenian Beer Brands #6: Kellers
This Armenian beer brand was founded in 2007. The factory of Kellers is situated near the Lake Sevan called Lihnitis Sevan Brewery. By the way the legend says that Lihnitis is the ancient name of Lake Sevan.
Kellers is known for its mild aroma. What’s also special about this Armenian beer is that the product of Kellers is exported from Europe.
As a whole, Kellers in its taste is closer to European beer than Armenian one. The production is headed by European professional beermakers.
Armenian Beer Brands #7: Ginevan
Ginevan is a large company of alcoholic drinks mostly specialized in wine production. It was founded in 2011. Ginevan also produces a rather high quality beer with the same name..
The highly ranked and mostly loved beer by Ginevan is Ginavan Elitar.
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