(the photo was an accident, as I should have gotten the three differing bottles sold from Obolon, or even the Polish varieties, or the Czech varieties...etc. Though I would never pass on a Baltica...)
The vast selection of beers in Eastern Europe and Central Asian Supermarkets and stores, that are from Baltic States to Russia, and of course, Czech and Germany, only lead me to believe of some superiority of taste that is somehow captured by the inhabitants of East Europe.
I was purchasing some Cod Liver in a can, and like always, though not buying beer at the time, wandered by the beer isle, and like usual, was joyed by the fact I know where to find good beer.
First off, the ubiquitous six pack 12 oz. bottles, the structure of typical American beer sales, is a true insult to humanity. I feel a liberation just being in stores that sell the 16 or so ounce bottles, that line the shelves, in all their regional diversity, confined though to mostly Germany and east of there.
My thesis about this, is still under construction, but it is certain to include the idea that, a protection from socialism and communism had, that shielded makers and manufactures to sensationalism, as Adorno would have stated it.
Craft beer lovers know the meaning of this: "It is alleged that because millions participate in it, certain reproduction processes are necessary that inevitably require identical needs in innumerable places to be satisfied with identical goods." Be that Budweiser or Chicken McNuggle.
Any serious beer connoisseur, would know this. Others do not care.