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Ukrainian Golden Ale

Ukrainian Golden Ale is a style which was confined to the borders of the country, being a hidden treasure for 13 years. Its beginnings were humble, brewed on-site in a three-story restaurant in Donetsk until it was taken by Russians in 2014. The campaign to get the style officially recognised began in 2021, but got additional traction as the war broke out. Since then, Ukrainian Golden Ale has been brewed in 5 more countries, with more to come. It’s somewhere in between Belgian Golden Strong Ale and British Golden Ale, being lighter than the former, but boozier than the latter; devoid of typical Belgian phenolics, a bit hoppier, just a touch grainier, with a fuller body and a very recognizable sweet finish. It’s a pleasure and honour to be adding something to the global experience, heritage, and brewing tradition.

Lana Svitankova

Lana is a writer, translator and educator from Kyiv, Ukraine. Lana is the first Certified Cicerone in Ukraine and a qualified Beer Judge Certification Program beer judge. Lana works to centralise women’s expertise and beer appreciation within Ukrainian beer culture. 

Cider blending & maturation: Pt. 1

A CAMRA Learn & Discover video guide

In this 2 part series on cider blending and maturation, Bill Bradshaw guides us through a series of conversations with some of the foremost blenders at the zenith of the cider-makers craft. The kind of ciders that find us at the bottom of an empty glass, savouring the moment and dreaming of what led us there. This series features Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider, founders of Little Pomona cider, James and Susanna Forbes, founders of Find and Foster fine ciders, Mat and Polly Hilton and retired biochemist, cider maker and veteran of Long Ashton Research Station (the National Fruit and Cider Institute), Andrew Lea. (This video features robust language in praise of cider).

Lana Svitankova

A writer, translator and educator from Kyiv, Ukraine. Lana is the first Certified Cicerone in Ukraine. 


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“In 2021 alone, Ukrainians consumed at least 1.25 million litres of the variety of versions of golden ale”

— Lana Svitankova