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Young Russians toast craft beer revolution

Consumption of hard liquor has fallen as government cracks down on alcoholism

Published Tue, Apr 5, 2016 · 09:50 PM

Moscow

BEARDED hipsters and bespectacled 20-somethings sip pale ales and dark stouts at Garden Beer, one of Moscow's new craft beer bars serving "made in Russia" brews to an increasingly discerning clientele.

While the craft beer revolution swept North America and Western Europe years ago, Russia is now catching up at a time when it is trying to shrug off a vodka-swilling reputation.

"We are tired of Russia being perceived as a country of alcoholics," Pavel, a customer at Beer G…

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