Washington D.C. Bar Boycotts Popular Russian Beer in Protest of Crimea Invasion

by The Drink Nation on Mar 5, 2014 in Culture
Washington D.C. Bar Boycotts Popular Russian Beer in Protest of Crimea Invasion

It looks like Russian President Vladimir Putin's rationale for sending troops into the Ukraine’s Crimea region isn’t sitting well with D.C. restaurateur Kera Carpenter.

In protest of Russia’s incursion, she’s decided to pull Baltika, a popular Russian export, from the list of beers she offers at her Scandinavian and Eastern European restaurant, Domku Bar & Cafe, in the Petworth neighborhood.

According to the Washington Post, Carpenter is replacing the Russian beer with a cocktail called the Orange Revolution, inspired by the bloodless uprising that swept the Ukraine in the aftermath of 2004’s presidential election. She makes the drink with orange aquavit, orange blossom water, and a splash of orange juice, and serves it in a sugar-rimmed glass.

"I feel a personal obligation to make my feelings known when I see bullying taking place, whether that happens to be an aggressor nation acting against another country or a kid bullying another kid," Carptener told the paper via email.

This is the second time she’s pulled Baltika from her beer list. The first time was back in 2008, when Russia invaded Georgia. With so much turmoil in that region of the world, she should consider replacing the beer altogether with BrewDog's Hello, My Name is Vlad.

Photo: Flickr user florisje


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