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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

It's Ale in the Family

MTBeer Brother's brings bargain brews to Moscow's swish south.
As Muscovites' incomes grow, so does their thirst for beer. Aiming to quench this thirst is a wave of inexpensive beer restaurants expanding across the city, pushing aside bohemian coffee shops and squeezing out Caucasus-cuisine eateries.

With the center largely sewn up, established chains and new players alike are turning their attention to sites outside the Garden Ring.

Until late last year, the only alehouse among the swanky shops at the beginning of Leninsky Prospekt, between Oktyabrskaya and Gagarin Square, was the posh Pivnushka. Enter Beer Brother's, which has brought inexpensive draft beer to a neighborhood where there was none, opening in a cunningly concealed nook on Leninsky Prospekt.

This beer restaurant breaks no new ground in its interior design. In fact, the most interesting design feature is found outside -- the entrance to the bar is located at the end of a twisting cul-de-sac that is hung with drapes printed with historical photographs of city scenes.

Inside there's a choice of two halls. One has a large screen for showing sports, while the other shows music videos and has a corner setup for live-music performances.

The menu has everything you would expect to find. Salads include chicken and salmon Caesars (200 and 300 rubles), Greek (160 rubles) and seafood (250 rubles). Beer snacks include boiled and fried prawns (150 rubles and 200 rubles), chicken wings (180 rubles) and black bread sticks fried with garlic (90 rubles). Among the mains are five varieties of sausage dishes (200 to 300 rubles).

The beer selection is more interesting, with such unusual and rare offerings as La Gauloise Amber and Blonde (both 175 rubles per half-liter), Blanche de Namur (160 rubles) and Opat (160 rubles), plus more standard brews such as Zolotaya Bochka (75 rubles) and Pilsner Urquell (115 rubles).

15 Leninsky Prospekt, 748-7142, 11 a.m.-midnight, M. Oktyabrskaya.