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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

To Market, Beer Market

MTBeer Market's sports bar section is well endowed with TV screens.
For beer lovers, it's like being a kid in a candy store. With about 70 different draft beers to choose from, Beer Market's colossal collection far outstrips the range at any of the capital's other bars or pubs and includes numerous rare treats that can't be found anywhere else in Moscow.

Although vast, the selection has a noticeable Old World bias, spanning England, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Japan and Russia -- whose Durdin microbrewery beers are a worthy inclusion (incidentally, Beer Market is a creation of the Durdin team). The choice of lagers is large, with 22 varieties, however it's the nonlagers that provide the most interest.

British ales are well represented, with Newcastle Brown, Spitfire and Boddingtons on tap (all 175 rubles), as are Belgium's ales, including Chimay Tripel (185 rubles). The fruit and seasonal section lists such exotica as the Belgian Bourgogne des Flanders (185 rubles) and Timmermans Kriek cherry-flavored beer (195 rubles). Black beers, suitable on a cold winter's night, include the Czech Budweiser Burgerbrau (155 rubles) and Germany's smoky-flavored Kostritzer Schwarzbier (165 rubles). The list of unfiltered and white beers is equally interesting.

Special equipment from the United States is used to ensure that even the least popular beer stays fresh, the staff said. Prices are not as competitive as they might appear, considering that the beer comes in 0.4-liter house glasses instead of the usual half-liter size. The fixed house size also means no tailor-made glasses for the Belgian lambics, for example.

As for the food, it's just what you would expect: sausages with hot sauerkraut and pickles (390 rubles) and Bavarian mixed grill (780 rubles). One of the more interesting offers is the Friday and Saturday 950-ruble special -- a kilogram of fresh mussels in either a prawn and brandy cream bisque sauce or a tomato sauce with fresh herbs and garlic.

Seating includes stools and booths in the sports bar section, where the 70 taps are on display. There is another, more intimate room across from the bar, and a large but cozy restaurant-like hall upstairs.

69 Butyrskaya Ul., 977-7959, noon-midnight, M. Dmitrovskaya.