Beer O'Clock on Tour has left the land of Efes (Turkey) and headed across the border less traveled to Georgia. Not only was the country absolutely stunning, the beer range available was much much more extensive than in Turkey.
The first thing I noticed about beer in Georgia is that the advertising was just everywhere. The drive from the airport probably took about half an hour and for at least 25 minutes of that drive, somewhere in your field of vision was a Natakhtari sign. The second thing I noticed was how cheap beer was! I bought the selection below from two little stores for only 15 Lari, around $9 including some doubles!
|Natakhtari, a good staple|
Pictured left is a tap Natakhtari, by far the most popular beer in Georgia. Thankfully for me this is a much better lager than Efes and is indeed very drinkable. On a world scale it would compete relatively well with other macro lagers, I think importers should look at this beer due to how cheap it is sold for in Georgia there's profit to be made here... It may well be a macro lager but there are certainly worse beers out there.
|Better than it looks|
As regular readers would know I fully reviewed Mtieli (see review here) the other day as the beer I best thought encapsulated Georgian beer. I also thought it was the best beer in a world dominated by very thin, light yellow lagers. It's dark golden, almost bronze, colour really stood out and it's taste was excellent. If I was to recommend a Georgian beer this would be the one.
|Only in the North...|
The easiest way to bring this piece to a close, is to clump the rest of the beers as they were effectively the same. Khevsuruli was probably the best of the rest, with Zedazeni coming in next. All three of the Argo beers I tried, including one not pictured, were terrible. And once again the strong lager, this time Natakhtari Extra was the worst beer on offer. I could be here all day writing about average Georgian lagers but I'll call it a day here.
It was pleasant to be in a country with more than just Efes products! Even if it is very hard in Georgia to find anything other than lagers, it's a welcome change to be able to find different ones! Georgia is not the country for you if you are looking for craft beers. If you don't mind drinking lager there are plenty of options out there for you. Although it may not be a beer destination, it's a country certainly worth visiting for the scenery and the cheapness. Anywhere you can get this many beers, regardless of quality, for $10 has to be good!
|The range of Georgian Beers|