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Vanderpump Rules Season 7 Episode 4 Recap* Betches

So I guess Bravo really is sticking to this Sunday 9pm Vanderpump Rules time slot, huh? That’s gonna make it difficult for me because Sunday at 9pm is typically when I pass out due to my raging hangover. But fine. I guess we all have to make sacrifices for our art.

Last week on VPR , Raquel got ambushed at girls’ night and everybody dislikes James. Did I miss anything? I don’t think so. This episode better be good, or I swear I’ll … still be back every week like the faithful lackey I am. Oh and also Katie devoted Lisa an ultimatum.

We open on Katie’s meeting with Lisa.

Lisa : So basically it’s an ultimatum
Katie : Not saying it’s an ultimatum, but it’s an ultimatum.

Lisa’s response is, “you’re just gonna have to trust me to deal with it, ok? ” in other words, “I’m not gonna do sh* t but I know you’re not either because you depend on this fake serving task for Instagram likes.”

I love that Nathalie’s response to James body-shaming Katie is “c’est la vie.” Lol that’s the most French thing in the world. It could only have been more French if she’d said it while taking a drag of a cigarette and she was colored in black and white for some reason.

Meanwhile, Scheana, Billie, and Ariana are hanging out, and GUESS WHAT? They’re talking about Billie’s transition! As per usual! So glad we’ve progressed this season. Apparently they’re taking all of Billie’s fat and injecting it into her ass. Wait, can I get that?

Now Scheana is inserting herself into Katie and James’ fight by coming after James. Ariana is right in that this is classic Scheana, however, Ariana claiming Scheana could be friends with James and still be friends with Stassi et. al. is patently false. You’d believe Ariana of all people, who disliked Stassi until 5 minutes ago, would know that.

Jax and Brittany are constructing beer cheese. Bless Brittany’s heart, she believes loving cheese is a personality trait. And she can’t pronounce Gouda. Yeah , no. You can’t claim to love cheese then. Have you never seen She’s The Man ??

Jax : I guess Raquel is the best person for James to date. There’s no other person who’d put up with that sh* t.
Also Jax : I knew she was dumb but there’s merely a couple of marbles rolling around in there.

ARE YOU F* CKING SERIOUS ?? Somebody get this asshole a mirror. The absence of self-awareness is astounding. Like, does Jax candidly think he is better than James or does he simply not consider the connection at all ?? At least James’ cheating hasn’t been proven. Yet.

Jax Googling “how to sell food” : Ugh this is hard, hun.

Brittany, cut the dead weight loose! He is going to drag you down.

Lisa and the Toms go to Tom Tom, and I’m frankly riled that they are still pushing this. WE DO NOT CARE ABOUT TOM TOM! Or at the least I don’t. Unless you’re going to give us a spin-off, miss me with this entire subplot.

Sandoval : What can we do to help?
Lisa :* gives them a list of easy chores*
Toms :

Toms, internally : Oh, you actually want us to help assistance ??

Does anybody care about Scheana’s old apartment? No. The only thing I care about is her leaving her marital wine glasses behind. Nobody wants that sh* t, Scheana!

However I’ve got to respect Scheana building James help her move, merely to basically dump him as a friend right after. Worst trade deal in history, maybe ever!

Scheana : I forgot to take my anxiety medication today
James : Chill

You did it, James! You cured Scheana’s anxiety!

Scheana : We’re not friends, we’re surface-level friends
James : …. I’m helping you move today.

Yeah, like, harsh. Sorry but I’m # TeamJames. He’s literally spot-on in guessing exactly what went into this interaction, including the component about him helping her move. I believe the problem with Scheana is that she does too much, because I bet now she’s going to go running to Stassi to tell her that she told James off, and I BET YOU ALL THE CONTENTS OF MY RETIREMENT ACCOUNT that Stassi is going to be like, “Why would you do that? We never told you that you had to do that.”

Am I right or am I right? I did watch season 5 of this demonstrate, after all.

I’m also offended that Brittany calls her grandma “ma-maw” but spells it “Meemaw.” Like, what ?? That is so clearly mee-maw. I have friends who actually call their grandmothers mee-maw and I feel like they would have some words about this. I know Brittany is from Kentucky, but that combination of letters is not supposed to construct those sounds!

Naturally the conversation turns to James. Schwartzy in typical Schwartzy manner is like “he said he was sorry Bubba !!!! ”* puppy puppy eyes*

Schwartz : Not to make light of the situation but my spouse sure does love an ultimatum.

You got it, Schwartzy! She’s your spouse !! 10 points to Schwartzy !!

So Stassi and Ariana are still use each other for clout friends and they’re hanging out. This fake video game sequence was cool and all, I guess, but it was no 1980 s sitcom. Somebody give these Vanderpump Rules editors a undertaking because they’re clearly bored out of their minds.

Ariana : Our theme is the best because no one ever does winter in the summer
Me :

Yeah yeah yeah it’s all fun and games for you because you don’t have a wintertime, but it’s not so glamorous when you’re trudging through 6 inches of brown slush and it gets dark at 4pm.* Takes drag of cigarette* Summer? I haven’t heard that name in a long time.

Ariana : I used to look at Stassi and see this entitled brat, and now I look at her and consider dollar signs perhaps she’s not so bad.

Ah, the power of women supporting other women!

James is having dinner with his entire family, including his divorced parents.

James : I’m four days sober.

Or as the rest of us call it,” in the middle of the work week “.

WHAT? James devoted two brothers a check for five grand? But does that check actually clear, though? Lmk.

James is back at See You Next Tuesday, so I can tell Lisa took Katie’s ultimatum very seriously.

Lala shows up for unknown reasons. Is she still pretending to work here?

Lala : Rand created a movie called Gotti with John Travolta and Kelly Preston so we were at that premiere which was amazing.

Oh yeah, we all heard of it. And how much it bombed. We heard how it literally got a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and the NY Times called it” a dismal mess “. But sure, act like you just got back from Rand’s Oscar acceptance!

Lala : I suppose because it was a rabble movie, Hollywood gets confused when it gets glorified.

LOLLLL Lala doesn’t know the same Hollywood we all know, I guess. As Lisa said: Scarface, The Godfather, Goodfellas … shall I go on?

Guillermo and Lisa are talking about See You Next Tuesday, and Guillermo is like “well James brings in the bacon.” I guess I should just country the obvious and ask why Lisa doesn’t just forbid all the bartenders from serving James ?? I feel like that would solve 99% of the issues.

Lala pulls Raquel aside( aren’t you guys supposed to be at work ??) to be like “I’m not a hypocritical feminist because I can’t support women who don’t support themselves.” I entail, why not just keep it real and say you don’t like Raquel because she’s dating James, whom you abhor?

Lala : I do nothing but support other women
Also Lala : Girl you’re dumb!* clap* wake* clap* up!

Raquel: I’m not dumb, I got a college degree.
Lala: ~* i’M nOt DuMb, I get A cOlLeGe DeGrEe !*~

Solid rebuttal, Lala. I kind of love Raquel also using the same feminist buzzwords:” You should be building girls up instead of tearing females down !”

Raquel : You and Logan were bonding over talking sh* t about me.
Lala : We were bonding over my daddy succumbing you dumb twat!

Yeah I believe that as much as I believe James didn’t cheat. Also tell me how much you support other women when you merely called Raquel a twat for calling you out.

This season literally feels like the producers dedicated the girls three feminist vocab flash cards and rewarded them with free shots for every one they dropped in conversation.

Later, Raquel and James are rehashing this conversation and Raquel asks James if he thinks she’s dumb.

Raquel : I really went through some sh* t. I couldn’t complete my multiplication tables so I had to watch Winnie the Pooh instead of getting my ice cream scoops.

Damn we gotta get Margot Robbie to star in the movie version of this horrible tragedy.

Lisa, Schwartz, and Sandoval are holding interviews for Tom Tom, and I’m both surprised and impressed the the Toms actually proved up.

Schwartz conducting these interviews : You get a job! And you get a job!

Chill out, Oprah.

Remind me again WHY Lisa devoted this human a position of authority? You could legit steal from the register in front of his eyes and he’d be like, “Dude. Dude. That’s not cool man.”

Sandoval : I’ve been in the food industry for 25 years.

Dude, I just seemed it up, you’re 35. Going to McDonald’s with your mommy at age 10 does not counting as experience being in the food industry.

Lisa : Sandoval is acting like he’s vetting a Supreme court justice.

TBH Sandoval would have done a better undertaking than the clowns we call our Senate. Heyooo !!

The son of TEDDI MELLENCAMP comes in, are you f* ckers happy? He immediately gets the job as a barback, amazing no one.

James rolls up to talk to Lisa. Lol of course Sandoval doesn’t want James to get fired” just because Katie issued an ultimatum .” God forbid a woman to continue efforts to stick up for herself, right Sandoval?

James : I’ll be sober for the rest of my life if you give me one more chance.

Holy sh* t, Lisa does, in fact, fire him. I’m pretty surprised, but I will bet the remainder of my retirement account that James will get his chore back in like, two weeks. Or at the least, before the end of the season. Then again, a quick browse of James’ Instagram and the SUR Instagram doesn’t indicate that See You Next Tuesday is still going on. But then again, maybe these people are just a little smarter about social media spoilers than the ones who go on The Bachelor. That’s not a high bar for those of you who don’t watch The Bachelor. The verdict: I genuinely don’t know what will happen. Thank you for attending my TED Talk.

I’m frankly pretty sad about James getting fired. But what can I say, I’m an empathetic crier. So we were right over the summer to think that James got fired and that’s why they decided to try “Girls’ Night” on Tuesdays instead of See You Next Tuesday. I guess this means we’ll be get less James drama and more Billie Lee drama? We’ll have to see.

Also, I’m going on vacation for a couple of weeks, so I won’t be writing these recaps. But don’t worry! I’ve entrusted some very funny people to take over in my absence, and I’ll be back before you can say ” women supporting other women “!

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How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian gentile republic championed hops before microbreweries ran mainstream now it wants to be back on the global beer map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is merely a night develop ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and shop windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries defied Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colorful pagan rites and follow a pantheon of deities.

The republic is just one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking brew as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the furor for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft beer revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of brew and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summers Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce beer to quench the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, rapidly transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( nation farms) were producing 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming rapidly became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of the regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka afterwards inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local brews. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet decline

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international beer giants flooding the Russian market and sweeping away local mills.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to just 200. Much of the remaining crop is appeared after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which sees the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of the bigger beer factories inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has now been restored some of the machines in its brewery and is building an alliance with a brand-new mill in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a running brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the area to its former superpower status. We need hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently constructing beer, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of canadian institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The crops are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly females. They examine and take care of the plants as the temperatures made the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has spent most of their own lives preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
Zoya Nikonova, a guardian of Chuvash hop gems. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Nikonova compares their work to Svalbards global seed vault in its mission to sustain a wide variety 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 beer revolution.

As the team at the institute 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 beer is often presented as a gift at weddings 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

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading

How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian gentile republic championed hops before microbreweries went mainstream now it wants to be back on the global brew map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is merely a night develop ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and shop windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries defied Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colourful pagan rites and follow a pantheon of gods.

The republic is just one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking brew as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the craze for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft beer revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of beer and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summertimes Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce beer to quench the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, quickly transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( state farms) were rendering 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming quickly became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of individual regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka afterward inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local beers. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet decline

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international brew giants flooding the Russian market and sweeping away local mills.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to only 200. Much of the remaining crop is seemed after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which insures the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of “the worlds biggest” beer mills inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has now been restored some of the machines in its brewery and is constructing an alliance with a brand-new mill in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a working brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the region to its former superpower status. We need hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently building brew, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of the institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The crops are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly females. They analyze and take care of the plants as the temperatures made the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has spent most of her life preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
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 variety 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 the institute 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 beer is often presented as a gift at bridals and important occasions including Seren, a pagan holiday 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 guidebook to the new east

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading

How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian gentile republic championed hops before microbreweries went mainstream now it wants to be back on the global beer map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is merely a night train ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and store windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries defied Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colourful pagan rituals and follow a pantheon of divinities.

The republic is just one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking beer as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the fad for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft brew revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of beer and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summertimes Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce beer to slake the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, speedily transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( nation farms) were creating 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming rapidly became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of individual regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka later inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local brews. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet deterioration

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international beer giants inundating the Russian market and sweeping away local mills.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to only 200. Much of the remaining crop is looked after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which assures the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of “the worlds biggest” beer mills inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has recently restored some of the machines in its brewery and is constructing an alliance with a brand-new factory in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a running brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the region to its former superpower status. We require hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently attaining beer, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of canadian institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The crops are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly girls. They examine and take care of the plants as the temperatures reached the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has expended most of her life preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
Zoya Nikonova, a custodian of Chuvash hop treasures. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Nikonova compares their work to Svalbards global seed vault in its mission to sustain a wide variety of plants for future generations including the legendary Serebyanka.

The semi-wild breed with clues 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 beer revolution.

As the team at the institute 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 often presented as a gift at weddings and important occasions including Seren, a pagan vacation on which evil spirits are expelled with barrels of alcohol and wild dancing.

A version of this article first appeared on The Calvert Journal, a guidebook to the new east

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading

How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian pagan republic championed hops before microbreweries went mainstream now it wants to be back on the global beer map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is only a night develop ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and store windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries defied Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colourful pagan rites and follow a pantheon of divinities.

The republic is just one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking beer as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the craze for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft brew revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of beer and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summertimes Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce brew to slake the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, speedily transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( nation farms) were creating 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming promptly became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of individual regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka afterward inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local beers. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet decline

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international brew giants flooding the Russian market and sweeping away local factories.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to just 200. Much of the remaining crop is appeared after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which ensure the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of the bigger beer factories inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has recently restored some of the machines in its brewery and is building an alliance with a brand-new factory in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a running brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the area to its former superpower status. We need hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently inducing brew, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of canadian institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The harvests are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly women. They analyse and take care of the plants as the temperatures hit the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has spent most of their own lives preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
Zoya Nikonova, a custodian of Chuvash hop gems. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Nikonova compares their work to Svalbards global seed vault in its mission to sustain a wide variety of plants for future generations including the legendary Serebyanka.

The semi-wild breed with clues 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 beer revolution.

As the team at the institute 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 often presented as a gift at weddings and important occasions including Seren, a pagan vacation on which evil spirits are expelled with barrels of alcohol and wild dancing.

A version of this article first appeared on The Calvert Journal, a guidebook to the new east

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading

How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian pagan republic championed hops before microbreweries ran mainstream now it wants to be back on the global beer map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is merely a night train ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and store windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries defied Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colorful pagan rites and follow a pantheon of divinities.

The republic is just one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking beer as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the furor for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft brew revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of beer and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summers Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce beer to slake the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, rapidly transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( country farms) were producing 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming promptly became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of the regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka subsequently inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local brews. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet deterioration

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international brew giants inundating the Russian marketplace and sweeping away local factories.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to simply 200. Much of the remaining crop is appeared after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which sees the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of “the worlds biggest” beer factories inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has now been restored some of the machines in its brewery and is constructing an alliance with a brand-new factory in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a working brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the region to its former superpower status. We need hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently attaining brew, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of canadian institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The harvests are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly women. They study and take care of the plants as the temperatures made the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has spent most of her life preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
Zoya Nikonova, a custodian of Chuvash hop riches. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Nikonova compares their work to Svalbards global seed vault in its mission to sustain a wide variety of plants for future generations including the legendary Serebyanka.

The semi-wild breed with clues 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 beer 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 often 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

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading

How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian pagan republic championed hops before microbreweries went mainstream now it wants to be back on the global beer map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is merely a night train ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and store windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries eluded Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colorful pagan rituals and follow a pantheon of gods.

The republic is also one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking beer as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the fad for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft brew revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of beer and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summers Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce brew to quench the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, quickly transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( country farms) were creating 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming rapidly became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of the regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka subsequently inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local brews. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet decline

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international beer giants inundating the Russian market and sweeping away local mills.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to merely 200. Much of the remaining harvest is seemed after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which find the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of the bigger brew mills inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has now been restored some of the machines in its brewery and is building an alliance with a brand-new mill in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a running brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the region to its former superpower status. We need hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently constructing brew, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of canadian institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The crops are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly girls. They analyse and take care of the plants as the temperatures hit the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has spent most of her life preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
Zoya Nikonova, a custodian of Chuvash hop treasures. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Nikonova compares their work to Svalbards global seed vault in its mission to sustain a wide variety 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 the institute 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 beer is often presented as a gift at bridals and important occasions including Seren, a pagan holiday on which evil spirits are expelled with barrels of alcohol and wild dancing.

A version of this article first appeared on The Calvert Journal, a guidebook to the new east

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading

How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian pagan republic championed hops before microbreweries ran mainstream now it wants to be back on the global brew map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is only a night train ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and store windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries eluded Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colorful pagan rituals and follow a pantheon of divinities.

The republic is also one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking brew as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the fad for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft beer revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of brew and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summertimes Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce beer to slake the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, quickly transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( nation farms) were producing 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming quickly became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of individual regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka afterward inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local beers. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet decline

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international brew giants inundating the Russian marketplace and sweeping away local mills.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to just 200. Much of the remaining harvest is appeared after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which assures the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of “the worlds biggest” brew mills inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has now been restored some of the machines in its brewery and is constructing an alliance with a brand-new mill in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a working brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the region to its former superpower status. We need hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently inducing brew, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of the institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The harvests are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly girls. They examine and take care of the plants as the temperatures reached the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has spent most of her life preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
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 variety of plants for future generations including the legendary Serebyanka.

The semi-wild breed with clues 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 beer revolution.

As the team at the institute 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 often presented as a gift at weddings 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 guidebook to the new east

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading

How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian gentile republic championed hops before microbreweries went mainstream now it wants to be back on the global beer map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is only a night develop ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and shop windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries defied Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colorful pagan rituals and follow a pantheon of divinities.

The republic is also one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking brew as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the furor for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft brew revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of beer and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summers Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce beer to quench the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, speedily transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( state farms) were rendering 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming speedily became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of individual regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka subsequently inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local brews. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet deterioration

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international brew giants flooding the Russian marketplace and sweeping away local factories.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to simply 200. Much of the remaining harvest is seemed after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which considers the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of the bigger beer factories inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has now been restored some of the machines in its brewery and is constructing an alliance with a brand-new mill in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a running brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the area to its former superpower status. We need hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently building beer, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of the institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The harvests are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly females. They examine and take care of the plants as the temperatures made the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has expended most of her life preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
Zoya Nikonova, a guardian of Chuvash hop treasures. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Nikonova compares their work to Svalbards global seed vault in its mission to sustain a wide variety 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 beer 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 often presented as a gift at bridals and important occasions including Seren, a pagan holiday 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 guidebook to the new east

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading

How the Soviets helped America’s craft beer revolution

A Russian gentile republic championed hops before microbreweries went mainstream now it wants to be back on the global beer map, The Calvert Journal reports

Cheboksary is merely a night train ride away from Russias capital but it could be on another planet. By 10 am the temperature is already approaching the high twenties, its trees are decorated with ribbons and animal bones, and shop windows are painted with intricate geometric designs.

The city is the capital of the Chuvashia Republic, a place that has for centuries eluded Russian Christian hegemony and where locals still conduct colorful pagan rituals and follow a pantheon of divinities.

The republic is also one of the worlds oldest beer-producing regions, with a tradition of harvesting hops and drinking brew as part of their religious worship.

Now, in a bid to return to its former glory as a Soviet-era hop superpower, local scientists and brewers are hoping that the craze for microbreweries springing up from Moscow and St Petersburg could once again bring investment to Chuvashs farms.

Celebrations
Celebrations in Cheboksary, Russias pagan heartland. Illustration: Ivan Mikhailov

Beer revolution

While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970 s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft beer revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times.

Thanks to its historic love of beer and its unique microclimate steep terrains and hot summers Chuvashia was the obvious location to produce beer to quench the thirst of the industrial workers across the USSR, quickly transforming the Republic into a hop-growing superpower.

By the late 1980 s, local sovkhozes ( country farms) were rendering 95% of all hops for the Soviet Unions beer. Known locally as Chuvashias green gold, hops were so ubiquitous they appeared in everything from ice-cream to shampoo.

Hop-farming quickly became a prestigious scientific discipline which demanded its own bureaucratic hierarchy. The first Soviet hop research institute was established just outside Cheboksary.

One of the regions signature products the flavoursome Serebryanka later inspired scientists at the University of Oregon to breed Cascade, a citrus-flavoured hop which has now become popular with craft brewers.

Sampling
Sampling todays local beers. Photo: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Post Soviet decline

But the glory days werent to last. When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990 s, Chuvashias hop empire followed suit, unable to compete with the international brew giants inundating the Russian marketplace and sweeping away local mills.

In the 1980 s there were 35,000 acres of hop fields in Chuvashia, today that number is down to simply 200. Much of the remaining harvest is appeared after by the Chuvash Hop Institute, which assures the resurgence of artisanal breweries as an opportunity to promote the region as a quality supplier of hops.

The institutes director, Andrey Fadeev, is optimistic. The whole world is going crazy about aromatic hops. We cant lose this opportunity, he says.

Hed like some of the bigger beer mills inthe Urals and Siberia to consider Chuvashia as a viable national alternative to European suppliers.

Andrey
Andrey Fadeev in his hop fields. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

The hop institute has now been restored some of the machines in its brewery and is building an alliance with a brand-new factory in Tsvilisk to process delicate raw hops into long-lasting pellets which are more compact and easier to transport.

But it doesnt have a running brewery, and Fadeev concedes that there is a lot more work to be done to restore the area to its former superpower status. We require hundreds of tractors, modern equipment, young folks, he says.

The hop vault

Even if it is not currently stimulating beer, hops are still being cultivated and Fadeev offers a tour around one of canadian institutes fields outside of Tsivilsk, a town 20 miles( 32 km) away from Cheboksary.

The harvests are tended to manually by a small group of scientists-cum-farmers, who are mostly girls. They analyze and take care of the plants as the temperatures reached the mid-thirties.

Zoya Nikonova is one of the academics who has expended most of her life preserving the legacy of Chuvash hops. We grow hundreds of hops which we bring to Chuvashia from all over the world from New Zealand to Germany, she explains.

Zoya
Zoya Nikonova, a guardian of Chuvash hop gems. Photograph: Ivan Mikhailov/ Calvert Journal

Nikonova compares their work to Svalbards global seed vault in its mission to sustain a wide variety of plants for future generations including the legendary Serebyanka.

The semi-wild breed with clues 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 the institute 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 beer is often presented as a gift at weddings 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 guidebook to the new east

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Continue reading
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