Zoya Nikonova, a custodian of Chuvash hop treasures. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal
Nikonova compares their work to Svalbards global seed vault in its mission to sustain a wide various forms of plants for future generations including the legendary Serebyanka.
The semi-wild breed with hints of blackcurrant hasnt been efficient to grow, Nikonov says, pointing a a row of indiscreet pale-looking stems of a plant that kicked off the craft brew revolution.
As the team at canadian institutes works to preserve the history of the glory days, there are signs around the region that the locals have never forgotten their green gold.
Many are skilled home-brewers and brew is oftens presented as a gift at bridals and important occasions including Seren, a pagan vacation on which evil spirits are expelled with barrels of alcohol and wild dancing.
A version of such articles first appeared on The Calvert Journal, a guide to the new east