The old brewery building in Gyumri

Beer has been produced in Armenia since ancient times. In the 5th century BCE, after arriving at a village in Ancient Armenia, Xenophon wrote in the Anabasis that "There were stored wheat, barley, vegetables, and barley wine in the craters (clay pots). In upper level of vessels with the edges in the wine floated barley, and there was stuck a reed, large and small sizes and who wanted to drink, had to take a reed in his mouth and pull it through the wine. Not mixed with water, the wine was very strong, but for local people it was a very pleasant drink".[1]

Beer festival

A beer garden in Yerevan

The Yerevan Beer Fest is held annually during August. It was first organized in 2014.[2] The Swan lake located in the park near the Yerevan Opera Theatre is the regular home of the festival.[3] More than 10,000 visitors attended the 5th edition of the Yerevan Beer Fest in August 2018, which featured all the breweries and microbreweries in Armenia.[4]


See also: List of breweries in Armenia

The first brewery in modern history of Armenia was opened in 1892 in Yerevan. Known as Zanga Brewery, the plant was located in the Hrazdan River gorge. The brewery's products were branded as Bok-Beer.[5] However, the plant was closed during the 1920s.

As of 2023, the following seven brewing companies are operating in Armenia:


As of 2023, there are nine microbreweries/brewpubs that produce and serve draught/unfiltered beer in Armenia:

Republic of Artsakh

The Republic of Artsakh had a single brewery – Central Brewpub in the capital Stepanakert.[16]

See also


  1. ^ Beer and Armenians
  2. ^ "The 3rd Yerevan Beer Fest was held in a pleasant atmosphere". Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  3. ^ Yerevan Beer Festival 2018 - Armenian Festivals
  4. ^ Երևանի գարեջրի 5-րդ հոբելյանական փառատոն է այցելել ավելի քան 10 հազար մարդ
  5. ^ Երևանի «Զանգա» գարեջրի գործարանի՝ 1910-ականների սկզբի պիտակը
  6. ^ "Kilikia Beer". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  7. ^ "A new beer factory in Dilijan". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  8. ^ "Gyumri Beer". (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  9. ^ "HAYASY Group official website". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  10. ^ Kotayk Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Administrator. "All products". Archived from the original on 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  12. ^ "379 TORCH AND BREW, Yerevan - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews". Tripadvisor. Retrieved 2023-10-05.
  13. ^ "Art Beer". Retrieved 2019-05-19 – via Facebook.
  14. ^ "TASIC TAS - XGroup". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  15. ^ "Beer Academy Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia | RateBeer". RateBeer. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  16. ^ "Central Stepanakert, Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh | RateBeer". RateBeer. Retrieved 2018-10-01.