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Cider: the history and characteristics of the most apple beverage

Cider: the history and characteristics of the most apple beverage

Some people call cider beer, others are sure it is wine. In fact, the truth is somewhere in between. Cider was and still is a unique drink with its own rich history and vivid memorable taste. How did it appear? Without going into detail, cider is fermented apple juice. And if you go into detail, every detail counts: the variety of fruit, the way it is processed, and even the time of harvesting. The creators of this drink are believed to be the ancient Romans and Celts. But cider has found its true popularity much later, somewhere in the 14-15 centuries. Demand was due to the lack of alternatives: In some northern countries there were no vineyards, and the wine was replaced by a drink based on apples among the locals. Sour fruits with a high tannin content are used to create cider. Another important condition is that the apples must have a specific amount of sugar, no more and no less. It is in the right ratio of malic acid, sugar and tannins that lies the secret of the unique taste. The production technology is quite simple: first the fruit is crushed, then the juice is squeezed out of it and placed in a special tank to be fermented. The yeast contained in the fruit itself is responsible for the process. After a while this mass turns into a liqueur, which is still too dry to be drunk. The drink is finished with sugar or fermented juice. Cider matures in oak barrels for a long time, but the result is definitely worth it. The strength of cider varies on average from 2 to 12%. The right cider is the one with 100% natural juice. You can check this figure on the label. Popular Varieties Cider is especially popular with the French, where, like sparkling wine, it is consumed exclusively by the glass. The inhabitants of Brittany and Normandy even invented their own style of this drink with its characteristic sweetness and rich flavor of fruit. Another popular style of cider is Western, which is distinguished by a bright taste of acetic acid. Also worth mentioning is the Spanish family, in this country they produce quite sour cider, which forms a puffy foam cap in the glass. Cider is served in many beer restaurants — probably due to this frequent comparisons with beer. In Moscow you can try the original apple drink in the chain Lambic — we offer several varieties to choose from. And we have a huge assortment of beer and beer snacks, full lunches, and a very cozy atmosphere. Come on in!  

29 March 2021

Lager: what kind of beer it is and how to drink it properly

Lager: what kind of beer it is and how to drink it properly

Lager is the world’s best-selling beer: almost 80 percent of the lagers on the market can be attributed to this family of beers. Not surprisingly, such popularity gives rise to numerous myths: for example, some people believe that all light, unfiltered beers belong to lagers. But in fact, this is not true: it is not the color, strength or number of filtration that determines what style you belong to. The point is the brewing method: only low fermentation beers (i.e. beers made at low temperatures) can be called lagers. This distinguishes it from ales, which are brewed by top fermentation under warmer conditions. Accordingly, the lager can be either light or dark. There are hundreds of varieties in this family, including the most popular — Pilsner, Bock, Schwarzbeer and others. What else is known about lager? How and when? Lager was born in Germany. Like everywhere else, beer was mainly brewed in monasteries — it was considered a great alternative to everyday beverages that could not boast a high degree of purification or a long shelf life. And because the German monks’ brewing season began in late autumn, the beer matured in cold cellars. Hence the name — «lager» in German means «storehouse». It turned out that the method of bottom fermentation separates the beer yeast from the wort and settles to the bottom, which gives the drink a special taste. The monks highly valued their invention, proudly called it «liquid bread» and consumed it even during Lent. Despite the apparent ease of production, modern lager — quite capricious beer. It is sensitive to temperature changes and requires strict adherence to the recipe. To make lager the malt should be firstly crushed, but not to a pulp, then soaked and filtered. Only after the mash is separated from the solid particles go to the boiling. Hops are added to the boiling mass, then cool it down to 5-10 degrees, and only then the yeast is added to the wort. It takes up to four months for the lager to mature. To «sink» the yeast to the bottom, the fermentation temperature is gradually reduced during the whole period. The secrets of use The classic of the family is European amber lager, which has a characteristic color and universal taste. Also popular variants include pilsner, which is made from light malt, dark lager with a smell of caramel, black Schwarzbier and bock of roasted malt. A distinctive feature of lagers — notes of bread, rye and banana in the aroma and a long pleasant aftertaste. Lager should be consumed at a temperature of 5-8 degrees. Higher or lower is not an option: the drink will lose some of its flavor. After the lager has been poured into the glass you need to let it breathe and just before drinking it you need to shake it in a circular motion, covering the neck of the glass with your hand. Roll the drink in your mouth like wine, you do not need to — its taste is felt brightest after swallowing. The best lager is waiting for you in the beer restaurant Come and try it!  

21 March 2021

Eat, love, enjoy: a romantic dinner at Lambic restaurant

Eat, love, enjoy: a romantic dinner at Lambic restaurant

Selecting a restaurant for a first date is almost as important as meeting your parents later on. It’s important to choose a place that’s convenient in location, pleasant in atmosphere, with delicious food and adequate prices, so that if you fail, you won’t feel bad about spending money. But even if it’s not your first meeting, a dinner for two at a restaurant should still leave you with fond memories. We know where you should go on a date to make it perfect — any Lambic Brasserie! It’s for love The best restaurants in Moscow for a romantic dinner should: — be located in a convenient area, preferably in the center — so that you can easily get there by transport and then walk around the evening capital; — to be beautiful and cozy, so that the atmosphere sets the mood for romance; — have a large menu, where there is room for both complex dishes and appetizers; — have a decent drink list, which includes light options like beer or wine, and hard alcohol, and cocktails — no matter what your partner prefers, he will have plenty to choose from; — offer pleasant prices so that a romantic dinner can become part of everyday life rather than a big event; — offer quality and unobtrusive service so that nothing around you distracts you from each other. Lambic fully meets all these requirements. There are more than twenty brasseries in our chain, so it is easy to find a point that is convenient for everyone. The interior in our restaurants is simple, laconic, but infinitely cozy, we always have pleasant music, and candles are lit in the evenings. Due to the fact that there are many points in the Lambic chain, you can easily book exactly the table you want — in the corner, with a window, on the second floor or on the veranda. Lambic is an ideal restaurant for a romantic dinner in Moscow also because we have really delicious food. The menu has everything: you can choose something light, if you do not want to eat too much at night, or order a dense dish of meat or poultry. We have not forgotten about delicacies: a portion of Magadan shrimps on ice or live mussels with original sauce will be a great addition to a beautiful date. In our drink list, the emphasis is on beer: after all, Lambic is a beer restaurant. There is really a lot to choose from: hundreds of varieties from Belgium and other countries of the world, fruit, hop-free, even non-alcoholic! And for those who don’t like beer, we offer a wide range of wines, including sparkling wines, cocktails and spirits. Lambic is a place for those in love with life, quality drinks and each other. Come on in!

18 October 2023

Hardcore only: dark draft beer at Lambic restaurants

Hardcore only: dark draft beer at Lambic restaurants

Love for dark beer is almost a religion: true connoisseurs will not trade its taste for either the freshness of blond or the sweetness of fruity varieties. True, to truly appreciate all the shades of flavor, you need to choose high-quality drinks, and in the case of draught beer it is not always possible: many bars treat it carelessly for some reason. Good thing that this is not the case at Lambic: we add only proven varieties to our catalog, transport, store and pour with care, so that your glass will have the best of everything. What we offer And while we have the bulk of our dark beers in bottles, there are plenty of great beer options on tap, too. Here they are: — Leffe Brune is an authentic abbey beer that has been brewed since the 12th century. It has a full sweet flavor with caramel notes and a slight hop bitterness, which perfectly complements many dishes, including the famous Belgian potato waffles. If you want a taste of Belgium, you should definitely start with Leffe. — Bourgogne des Flandres is a dark draft beer with an interesting surprise. Because it’s blended from lambic and abbey ale and left to mature in porto barrels, you can taste the distinctive wine notes on the way out. If you love wine but want something lighter for dinner, Bourgogne des Flandres is the perfect solution. — Proper Stout is a classic stout from England. The flavor is creamy, smooth, with pleasant creamy notes and smoky-smoky aftertaste. It will make a perfect gastronomic pair with both spicy appetizers and sweet desserts. — St. Bernardus Prior 8 is a traditional abbey ale produced in the legendary Belgian brewery St. Bernardus. The full-bodied taste has notes of malt, black bread and brown sugar, while the aroma is full of ginger, dates, raisins, coconut and spices. — Viven Classic Bruin is a great choice if you want a balance between bitterness and sweetness. The flavor shows marzipan, licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and mocha. All in all, a very complex beer that is sure to please all connoisseurs of dark brews. That’s not all we have to offer our guests. Choose your ideal variety in the catalog on our website and come and try it in any of the restaurants of the Lambic chain. Or you can simply rely on our waiters on the spot — we’re sure you’ll make the right choice either way!

19 October 2023

Business dinner at Lambic restaurant: when atmosphere decides

Business dinner at Lambic restaurant: when atmosphere decides

For breakfast or lunch, any restaurant with good cuisine will do, for a romantic date — almost any restaurant, the main thing is that the atmosphere should be favorable. Business dinners are different — here you need several factors to come together at once. The establishment should be cozy, but too relaxed atmosphere can throw off the business mood, service — pleasant, but unobtrusive, and the menu — consist not only of appetizers. All this can be found in the Lambic restaurant chain. Our brasseries are versatile: here it is comfortable to meet with friends, organize dates and solve important business tasks. But let’s talk about everything in order. Lambic is probably the best restaurant for business dinners An important criterion for an establishment where business meetings are held is a convenient location. The ideal location is the city center, but not always: if the capital is stuck in traffic jams, it may be more convenient for business partners to meet in one of the neighboring districts. In this case, Lambic is also an ideal choice. The chain already has more than 20 restaurants practically all over Moscow, most of them located in the immediate vicinity of the metro or with the possibility to easily reach the place by car. And, of course, even a business dinner in a restaurant should be delicious. Lambic meets this requirement one hundred percent — even sophisticated visitors will find something interesting for themselves in the rich menu. We offer a wide choice of meat, fish and poultry dishes, appetizers, salads, grilled dishes and much more. Here you can try real Belgian potato waffles with different sauces, live mussels, traditional European dishes, such as Flemish beef stewed in Burgundy de Flanders beer, and even fast food. The range of drinks is also impressive: from coffee and tea to author’s lemonades. But a business dinner at the restaurant does not necessarily have to be alcohol-free, especially since the main highlight of Lambic is beer. A glass of quality beer will help to relax and discuss all important issues in a comfortable atmosphere. Our beer menu is based on Belgian beverages, but there are also varieties from other countries, which we have tasted, appreciated and boldly recommend to our guests. And also wine, sparkling wine, whisky, cognac, tequila, rum, cocktails — in general, there is a lot to choose from! And if you prefer to talk about business not at dinner, but only during the day, come to business lunches. We offer several business lunch options at pleasant prices, plus a discount on drinks on weekdays from 12:00 to 16:30. Lambic is the perfect restaurant for a business dinner. Come — you will definitely like it!

19 October 2023

Mood color yellow: light draught beer in Lambic restaurants

Mood color yellow: light draught beer in Lambic restaurants

Strict fans of either light or exclusively dark beer are becoming fewer and fewer every year. Today, thanks to the variety of varieties, it is possible to choose a drink to suit the season, dish or mood. It is not surprising that in summer you don’t want dense and strong alcohol at all. Light, refreshing variants with a fruity sweetness in the flavor are what you need on a hot day. Let’s find out what light draught beer is available at Lambic. The best of the best We have only proven varieties from established brands on tap. Regardless of your choice, you’re sure to get a tasty and high-quality brew. In our menu of draught light beers you can find:   — Schnitzlbaumer Weisse is a light wheat ale from Germany, recognized as the best Bavarian beer of 2015. It is an ideal summer drink with a bright flavor, in which fruity notes are clearly felt. — Cornelissen is the flagship of the brewery of the same name, which leads its history for more than two centuries. It has a clean taste of premium light lager in American style. A slight citrus bitterness is noticeable in the aftertaste. — Roman Lager is another Belgian lager from the family brewery Brouwerej Roman. Pure malt flavor with soft hops will not leave any connoisseur indifferent! — Viven Champagner Weisse Draft is a wheat ale that will definitely appeal to lovers of sparkling wine. Champagne yeast is used in its production, which gives the beer a soft and balanced flavor. — Steenbrugge Blond is a light Belgian top-fermented beer brewed with an original blend of Belgian herbs and gruut spices. It has repeatedly won international awards — and this is also a reason to try it at Lambic. — Kurpfalz Brau Helles is an excellent German lager made from natural quality ingredients. It is a good thirst quencher and will pair well with most dishes.   That’s not all the light draught beer on tap at Belgian brasserie chain Lambic. The list of items on tap varies from restaurant to restaurant, but wherever you go, we’re sure to have something to offer you. We look forward to seeing you!

19 October 2023

Belgian draught beer: legendary brews in your glass

Belgian draught beer: legendary brews in your glass

People fall into two categories: those who like to drink beer from bottles and those who prefer draught beer exclusively. Everyone is welcome at Lambic, which is why our menu includes a large list of bottled beers from Belgium and other countries, as well as an impressive lineup on tap. Let’s tell you more about what Belgian draught beer you can try in our brasseries. From cider to abbey ale There are about twenty positions in our draught beer catalog. We have collected them in such a way that everyone can choose a drink according to taste, strength and preferences. Let’s list the most popular ones: — Delirium Tremens is that famous beer «with an elephant on the label». Classic «White Hot», spicy and sweet at the same time. The strength will please lovers of high degrees — 8.5%. — Leffe Brune is almost the most famous Abbey beer. It has a sweet-caramel flavor, with a slight characteristic bitterness, and goes well with most meat dishes. — Pauwel Kwak — a beer that is rightly considered one of the symbols of Belgium. Taste it yourself and you will definitely like it, and we will warn you that it is served in an original glass — just what you need for beautiful photos! — Bourgogne des Flandres is a Belgian draught beer that all wine lovers will definitely like. Carefully selected lambic is mixed with dark abbey ale and left to mature in oak porto barrels, as a result of which the drink acquires characteristic wine notes. The strength is only 5%, so it can be enjoyed for a really long time. — Barbe Ruby is a great option for those who want something refreshing and spicy at the same time. But be careful: the beer is quite strong — 7.7%. — Timmermans Kriek Lambicus is a classic cherry lambic, and that says it all. It is the main favorite of girls and just a great option if you want something light, fruity and refreshing. — Timmermans Peche Lambicus — another interesting fruity beer with a bright peach flavor, which is ideal to drink at the beginning or end of dinner. — Steenbrugge Blond — a light beer brewed with a unique blend of Belgian herbs and gruet spices. This is not all of the Belgian draught beer that you can try at Lambic Brasserie. Book a table in a convenient restaurant and come — we will find something else to surprise you!

19 October 2023

Belgian Kriek-style beer: more than just a cherry

Belgian Kriek-style beer: more than just a cherry

Cherry beer has long occupied a separate niche among foamy beverages - the taste of this berry is so harmoniously blended into the bouquet that the trend has its own connoisseurs. And the most popular among the cherry brews is Kriek - a traditional Belgian beer of bright ruby color, which has a unique taste and rich aroma. But why is it so beloved by beer fans? From history Kriek is not even a variety, but a separate style. It is based on lambic, a beer made by spontaneous fermentation and only in Belgium. The wort is left in open vats, where "wild" yeasts - microorganisms that are found only in the valley of the river Senna - get in from the air. Because the spontaneous fermentation process is completely uncontrollable, each batch of lambic has a unique flavor, which is why beer connoisseurs love it. Kriek differs from ordinary lambic by adding cherry juice or whole berries with pips before filtration. The mixture is not fermented, but kept for at least six months, until the beer reaches the right consistency. The first such drink was brewed many years ago in Scharbeck brewery - local craftsmen decided to add to the product the fruit of sour cherries, which grew near the production site. And they were right: the taste of the berry turned out to be just right, and the drink itself acquired a beautiful ruby color as well. And today? These days, brewers don't rely on fate - the cherries for Kriek beer are grown on purpose. Most of the time they are Morello, ideally from the Brussels area. The result is a rather sour and tart beer with a rich, velvety flavor. For those who like it sweeter, producers offer a cherry-based kriek of sweet varieties, but do not immediately take the path of least resistance - you should first try to make friends with the original drink. Belgian Kriek cherry beer has a lot to love: despite the moderate strength of 5-6%, it is a great warming in the cold. And it is also extremely pleasant to drink: in addition to cherries, you can feel the nutty tones and light floral notes in the taste. And, of course, there is nothing without the traditional flavor characteristics of lambic - old leather, wet earth and horse blanket. The Belgian Kriek cherry beer should be consumed correctly - chilled to +8 degrees, from tall glasses or standard-sized hollow glasses. And ideally, do not snack: this way the taste of cherry lambic opens up even better. If you can't taste Kriek in Belgium, come to a beer restaurant that honors the traditions of the country. Like any of the Lambic Brasserie - they serve cherry beers in style!  

15 March 2021

The blue moon is to blame: the story of the Belgian beer Blue Moon

The blue moon is to blame: the story of the Belgian beer Blue Moon

Belgian, but from America, surprisingly tasty, but affordable, witbier, but instead of curacao - sweet orange ... Blue Moon beer is as if woven from contradictions, and this is precisely its uniqueness. No wonder they said about him that such discoveries happen only on the Blue Moon. One random phrase later became the name of the variety, but it was clearly no accident that led to worldwide popularity.   What is it anyway?   Blue Moon is a typical Belgian blanche. Hence the confusion - many fans of foamy drinks are still convinced that the drink is of European origin. But this is not so: Blue Moon beer is completely American. Despite this, producers do not forget about the origins - large letters belgian white on the label directly indicate the style of beer.   Blue Moon beer was first brewed back in 1995 at a brewery in Denver, Colorado. The masters went on an experiment - they took the classic Belgian blanche as a basis, but instead of the bitter orange of Curacao, they added the zest of the sweet Valencia variety. The beer was named Bellyslide Belgian White - and kept it until production was moved to Canada.   The legendary name Blue Moon was born exactly there, in Quebec. And in the same place - beer continues to be brewed both for the local and partially for the American market. The brewery in Denver is also still operating, and in 2016 it went through a major upgrade.   Taste and popularity   The main advantage of Blue Moon Belgian White beer is its unique taste. Bright and at the same time light, sweet, but not cloying, with a pronounced fruity-citrus character and a pleasant spice of coriander. By the way, brewers recommend serving it with an orange slice — this way you can feel the whole gamut of flavors.   To create a drink, in addition to the already mentioned citruses, brewers use white wheat, malted barley, oats and coriander. Because of the grains in Blue Moon, it’s definitely not worth trying for people with gluten allergies, but for everyone else, it can even benefit - the drink has potassium, protein and antioxidants. And all this is in addition to endorphins, which will definitely be developed after tasting.   According to public opinion polls, Blue Moon is almost the most favorite beer of Americans. In the states of Oregon and Maryland, it has no equal at all - the vast majority of residents confirmed that they prefer the original witbeer to any other variety.   Experts are also unanimous: Blue Moon consistently wins medals at world beer championships, and in 1995 it was recognized as the best in its category.   Blue Moon goes well with light snacks and fish and seafood dishes. You can try it almost everywhere - beer restaurants love this variety for its versatility, accessibility and loyal value. We love Blue Moon too — and we are happy to offer you to try the legendary American beer in the Lambic brasserie chain. Come - the Blue Moon is already calling!

28 August 2022