Beer sale on the streets of Brest. The present-day beer lovers accustomed to drinking beer from cans and plastic containers are not familiar with the taste of the real cask beer. In the 1950s, improvised beer selling spots could appear at any place on any street subject to meeting the following conditions: crowded area and proximity of a water column. The selling spot set: a barrel of beer, glasses, and a table with sink to wash glasses, and a saleswoman. Beer was imported from Grodno and Lida supplying beer brands “Zhigulevskoe”, “Barkhatnoye”, “Rizhskoye”. There was no brewery in Brest at that time. The old brewery at Adamkovo was blown up in 1915 by the retreating Russian troops; the new Brewery on Pivovarnaya Street was blown up in 1944 by the retreating German troops. Therefore, beer was expected with joy. At the same time, the sale of this liquid product was a great art.The position of saleswomen was strictly “blatnoye” (it could only be obtained through profitable connections). There was no random people selling beer. Canny vendors by under-filling, creating extra foam head and vulgar watering the beer (the appanage of the most greedy and dishonest) could make 1.5–2 beer barrels out of one. They were very rich ladies. They obviously had the appropriate “krysha” (cover-up protection) and were sharing their income. There was enough for everyone.

Translated from Russian by Leo Levine and Sofia Levine