Beer in Azerbaijan is typified by lighter lagers. Of the domestically produced beers, the most widely distributed is Xirdalan named after the city of Xırdalan in Azerbaijan, formerly brewed by Baki-Castel (BGI) but bought by Baltika in 2008. In February 2017 the company was renamed to Carlsberg Azerbaijan.[1][2] As a sponsor of Baku's Eurovision Song Contest, Xirdalan issued special commemorative Eurovision cans and bottles in 2012.[3] Other widespread, locally produced brands include Novxanı, NZS, Afsana and Annenfeld.[4] Beer popularity continues to grow in Azerbaijan as of 2018[5][6] and there are plans to fully localize malt processing for beer production, with a new malt processing plant being planned to be launched in 2024.[7] Unlike almost all CIS countries, the beer bottles in Azerbaijan are marked with an excise duty sticker.

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  1. ^ "Baltika-Baku website". Archived from the original on 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  2. ^ "Carlsberg Azerbaijan". Carlsberg Azerbaijan. Retrieved 2023-10-29.
  3. ^ Eurovision Xirdalan bottles
  4. ^ Bakı-Praqa website
  5. ^ "Beer market in Azerbaijan continued growth in 2018". Trend.Az. 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2023-10-29.
  6. ^ "Alcoholic Drinks - Azerbaijan | Statista Market Forecast". Statista. Retrieved 2023-10-29.
  7. ^ "New barley processing plant used for beer production to open in Azerbaijan". Trend.Az. 2023-01-18. Retrieved 2023-10-29.