ALCOHOL

We won’t advocate heavy drinking, since WHO considers it a serious problem of European countries (including Belarus). However, moderate drinking is not a crime, while beautifully packed authentic local alcoholic beverages make great souvenirs.
 
The best alcoholic drinks produced in Belarus are beer and vodka. We advise you to try the first during your stay here and bring the second home as a souvenir. We’ll tell you everything about good Minsk vodkas a bit later but we also encourage you to buy alcohol produced by Brest-based Belalco company.
 
Making moonshine is a very popular hobby in Belarusian regions but, as in many other European countries, it is illegal here. We won’t recommend you buying local moonshine as a souvenir but don’t feel shy to taste it in case you’re invited by trusted local friends. Remember that arguably the best moonshine in Belarus is produced in the town of Staryja Darohi.


 
If you feel like some sparkling wine (very popular with Belarusians, especially on the New Year’s Eve), try Savieckaje Šampanskaje produced by Minsk Sparkling Wines Factory. This drink, the title of which bears the name ‘Champagne’, is produced in four sweetness categories: seco, semi-seco, semi-dry and brut. However, if you want to taste authentic champagne wine, you better visit Champagne province in France.
 
Before buying any alcohol in Belarus, make sure that you know the rules of the custom-free import of alcohol in your home country or the country of your next destination. If you’re taking a plane, check with your airline if the bottles with liquids are allowed in the luggage. No one would wish to leave those beauties behind at the airport, right?

Minsk Kristall ( Branded store "Kristall")

RUE Minsk Kristall is one of the largest producers of alcoholic beverages in Belarus. Their best souvenir is Balzam Bielaruski made of 22 kinds of grass and berries. You could also try nastojkas (elixirs) such as Bielaviežskaja, Bielaviežskaja Zubroŭka or balsams Čaradziej and Bielaviežski. Add some balsam into your tea to enrich its taste with strong, pleasant aroma and slight bitterness. Some more gift options: alcohol in ceramic and two-section bottles or alcohol in a glass bottle covered with leather.
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  • Address: 15a Kastryčnickaja St. (Metro station Pieršamajskaja)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sat 09:00-21:00, Sun 10:00 -19:00
  • Contact data: +375 17 327-14-05
  • Website: "Kristall"

Dva Busly ( Branded store "Kristall")

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  • Address: 15 Kastryčnickaja St. (Metro station Pieršamajskaja)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sat 09:00-21:00, Sun 10:00 -19:00
  • Contact data: +375 17 327-56-69
  • Website: "Kristall"

Kristall-100 ( Branded store "Kristall")

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  • Address: 8 Mašerava Ave (Metro station Plošča Pieramohi)
  • Opening hours: daily 09:00-20:00
  • Contact data: +375 17 284-33-23
  • Website: "Kristall"

Čaradziej ( Branded store "Kristall")

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  • Address: 13b Makajonka St. (Metro station Maskoŭskaja)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sat 09:00-20:00, Sun 09:00-18:00
  • Contact data: +375 17 267 80 28.
  • Website: "Kristall"