On Friday 14th we visited the Baltika Brewery, part of the Baltika brand, which is the largest beer producer in Eastern Europe and the second largest in Europe. After spending what seemed like an eternity on the metro and approximately another five or ten minutes on one of the buses owned by the brewery, we finally arrived at the entrance and were after a few more minutes of waiting greeted by a very enthusiastic guide. He took us on a tour through the history of this particular brewery and of the company, which was founded in 1990, when the Russian Federation was still part of the Soviet Union and all companies were owned by the government.
Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the brewery itself, so that had to wait until we came to the beer tasting room. There the table had been set with various types of brews and some snacks to keep us thirsty. After enjoying the beer and each other’s company for a while, it was time to get on the bus back to the metro station. At the exit our guide thanked us for our visit and handed over a plastic bag containing a Baltika beer glass to each one of us, and as we left the brewery the discussion revolved around which beer we had liked best.
For information on our upcoming excursions, please visit http://www.lidenz.ru/activities/russia-st-petersburg/.