Power Phrases Lesson #1
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The Russian word for beer is Pivo.
If you’re a beer drinker, pivo might not be the first word you learned in Russian, but it could well be the one you use most frequently. Bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, in the lounge of your hotel and at the kiosk on the street, in gastronoms, mini-markets and supermarkets, beer is sold absolutely everywhere here. Vodka is considered the national drink, but beer is the most popular. Like Mama and Papa, pivo must be one of those universal words, unchanging through numerous languages. Learn the word pivo and you can order a beer in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia and many other Eastern European countries.
I can’t say which is the best beer here, because, as the Russians say, In taste and color there are no comrades. Here’s some of the more popular brands, though: Baltika (which has nine different types, Baltika 9 being that much stronger than wimpy Baltika 1.) Starpromen (a Czech beer), Obolon, Slavutich, Lvovskoe.