Armenians have started to produce beer since the ancient times. According to the recordings, Armenian started in 5th century BC. Then, Greek Historian, Xenophon commemorated in his references that he tasted this drink in Armenia, and also wrote about the methods of making it. Also, he noted Armenian wine that was strong but was the favorite drink for the locals. But the fatherland of the light alcoholic drink is Iran. The recordings proved that the first drink produced there. Besides the fact that this has a non-Armenian origin, it is one of the favorite drinks of the locals.
This beverage is considered to be one of the oldest and the third most popular drink in the world after water and tea. It is brewed from cereal grains, commonly from malted barley, also wheat, rice, and corn. There are many types of beer; it can have dark or light color, sweet or bitter taste. People say that they dream about this cold drink when they are thirsty.
This drink was mentioned in the history of Egypt and ancient Iraq. According to the recordings, during the building of the Great Pyramids, each worker got beer daily which was both nutrition and refreshment.
The first factory was opened in Yerevan in 1892 which was famous as "Zanga" factory and located on the bank of Hrazdan River. The name of the beverage was "Bok", but it was closed in 1920.
Now, this light drink is the fourth popular drink in Armenia. In 1952 was opened the largest factory in Armenia which was called "Kilikia". It is the most popular product in Armenian history. This company acquired 30 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze medals in many international exhibitions. In 1999 the International Organization “BID” awarded “Beer Yerevan” company by giving them “Golden Star” prize and also was awarded “Best Quality” in 2001(Frankfurt).
The other popular Brand in Armenia is "Gyumri", "Ararat", "Alexandrapol", they are being produced in Gyumri's factory which is located in Shirak Region. It was opened in 1970 and considered to be the second largest company in Armenia. "Kotayk" Factory is also of the famous producers of Armenian drink. It was opened in 1974, in Abovyan city.
We even have a special festival dedicated to this drink. During the festival, the participants taste different the drinks, eat tasty sausages and crayfishes, also play different fun games. After the treatment, there is a great party, which makes the festival more interesting.