— History of Beer in Russia

In Russia, at one time could only drink beer, clergy, nobility, guardsmen and other servants of the sovereign. When Boris Godunov was forbidden to brew "mean and molodshim" people, but during the reign of Alexei Mikhailovich allowed to do this is the most hard-working peasants - and then only once or twice a year: Great day, Demetrius Saturday, the carnival and Christmas. Under Peter I came brewer, in which trade was "the tavern and take-out until one o'clock." Here there were officials, city solicitors and youth. The drivers and artisans sat in the beer shops. In 1914 he was adopted by the prohibition, but a couple of years all the "pubs" were closed.
But only in 1883, the number of pubs shops in Russia has exceeded 6600.

Interior beer was fairly simplistic. A small room (about 60-100 m 2) defined therein with tables and chairs, a rack for beer and feed snacks, large glass windows and wide window sills. On the street, as a rule, the public toilet was built, which was always closed.The key to the toilets kept the bartender, "for in-service use."

More often than not in the pub it was established musical instrument, but it was only radio, the sound is drowned out by the clatter of dishes and drank polyphony visitors. Since the Soviet-era air-conditioners were scarce, the brewer is equipped with two or three ceiling fans, who just stirred smoky air in a stuffy room.

The typical image of beer found its reflection in the Soviet literature and cinema. For example, the famous phrase from the work Sharikov Bulgakov "Heart of a Dog", "Beer! A couple more! "Became widespread in the former Soviet Union.

In Soviet times, brewer of the Soviet Union played a significant role in the lives of ordinary workers and proletarian intelligentsia.

The obvious advantage of the Soviet beer was the relative cheapness of services and ease the situation. As a place of cultural pastimes, the Soviet pub bribed his plainness of the situation, and was the place where site visitors can discuss the news of the day having a beer with fish, spread two-three merry jokes at the end of the day, or simply to find shelter in the company of good friends.

Beer was also not only an important gathering place and "party", but also a place where visitors were solved various problems, from a loan of money ("treshka to pay") prior to the boardroom.

Interestingly, the characteristic feature of Soviet beer was the almost complete absence of women as visitors, and accounted for the bulk of it is men, "who can drink."


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