Forshdatd Altai

(Moscow, Russia)

We had a rather long layover in Moscow and thought “Might as well explore the city.” Wrong!  Interestingly enough, a tourist visa to enter Russia is $250.  Luckily, there’s a full-blown brewery right in the airport.  No, not just a cool bar with some crafts on tap, an actual brewery.  To make this Forshdatd Altai even better they have all manner of available meats from elk hotdogs to bear sausage.  Yep, bear sausage, because… Russia.  They’re a small brewery and only have five beers on tap, two of which were out, but we made out way through some meat and beer anyway.

First up was Cesky Dvorek:  A Czech style pale lager.  I’ve had lighter beers that I like, but if you’re going to compromise body and mouthfeel you have to come through with a flavor punch.  Unfortunately, this one didn’t really have much of either one.  I didn’t hate it, it was an ok, cold, front porch beer, but I wasn’t impressed.

Next was Polguyai! Rzhanoe or “Take a walk!” rye and it should’ve listened.  This, not pictured, deep amber ale had an interesting smokiness, but lacked the expected rye follow-through, or any sort of flavor at all for that matter.

Last was Irlandsky El which roughly translates to ‘I Ireland’.  Not sure what the name’s about, it’s definitely a Dunkel and nothing close to Irish, but tasty nonetheless.  This was, by far, the best of the bunch; with sweet toffee notes, toasted caramel and a well-balanced hops and grain finish.

All in all, it was an awesome experience and I loved the food, but 1 out of 3 beers isn’t too great.  I give Forshdatd Altai a 7.0 out of 10.

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