Moscow museum of Vodka History. Vodka in Russia has gained special, reverent attitude. Vodka for the Russians is a matter of pride and a truly national drink. For a long time vodka has been the central component of any holiday. The most important event in the life we use to celebrate with this drink. Vodka accompanies us throughout life, from birth to the end. Wedding, seeing, meeting old friends – nothing passes without a “fire water”, affectionately known as vodka in Russia. Vodka – an integral part of our historic culture and mentality. As they say: “There is no bad vodka, vodka can be only good … and very good!”.
Thematically, the whole collection of the museum, showing the 500 -year history of Russian vodka since the invention to the present, contains more than 600 species of this drink, vodka recipes of old XVIII century, posters, pictures and documents of different time periods of Russian history (the royal and presidential decrees, works of famous writers on the subject). In the museum there are historical types of labels and bottles of vodka – from “shkalik” and “kosushka” to damask and a quarter, measuring tanks, with which in bars and taverns vodka was released to buyers – from the famous buckets to the “sorokovka”.
The exhibition is divided into the era sectors – the era of the Old Russia, Russian Empire, World War II, the Soviet Union, modern Russia. The museum displays ancient Russian machines for sublimation of alcohol-containing raw materials, historical documents, portraits of the founders of the alcohol industry and the people involved in the history of vodka, various beverage containers, alcohol paraphernalia.
The most valuable collections: Collection of Vodka of NL Shustov; Damask Supplier of the Imperial Household of PA Smirnov (1900). The main tour – “500-year history of Russian vodka .”
During the tour in the museum you can learn about the history and technology of the famous drink, the main components, to hear the fascinating story of how the vodka could influence the course of important historical events in Russia, information about the personal predilections of alcoholic representatives of the Russian Imperial House, as well as emergence of modern vodka traditions.
In the Museum of the History of vodka there is a restaurant, with the interior of the end of the XIX century, the best -tasting varieties of modern vodka.
And a unique exhibit showcases Russian monk next to the first brewed apparatus. Visitors are told how it worked, and shown all the details of this mechanism
The Museum of the History of Vodka invite to visit ‘Traktyr’. It is right here, in one of the halls of the museum. The uniqueness of this places is – the interior of this Russian restaurant of end of the XIX century
1448-1478 – the Russians began to produce their own vodka. In the XV century, in the monasteries of Moscow Russia began producing grain Russian vodka on the basis of grain, in which the country was rich for centuries. Around the same time, Tsar Ivan the Terrible introduced a state monopoly on vodka production and sale, as well as on all other alcoholic beverages.
1533 – In Moscow, opened the first ‘Tsar’s tavern’ where alcohol was poured, including vodka. During the reign of Ivan the Terrible taverns were very common.
January 31, 1865 in St. Petersburg, great Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev defended his famous doctoral thesis – “On the combination of alcohol and water.” The original text is still kept in the museum of the famous chemist.
In 1935, after only a few years after the paroxysms of the first five-year plan, Joseph Stalin made his famous statement: “Life has become better, comrades! Life has become more fun!”. This statement became the core of “happiness” of the leader of progressive mankind. It was constantly quoted on posters and in the press, and it was the official starting point of the new orientation of the second half of the 1930s.
August 22, 1941 came in history as the birthday of the famous ‘hundred grams’. On this day, the Chairman of the State Defense Committee (SDC) of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin issued a decree number 562 on the daily providing soldiers with half a cup of “fuel”, it was known as “Narkomovskaya” 100 grams. The idea is not only to supply the army with shells and foot wraps, but also with strong drink came to a head commissar Kliment Voroshilov in January 1940. The reason was simple: the Red Army bogged down in the snow in Finland and cold. Voroshilov decided to raise the spirit of the soldiers and commanders, giving daily to 100 grams of vodka (for the pilots – brandy).
Legend of the Kremlin – high-quality vodka of category super -premium. Vodka is produced from alcohol grain ‘Luxe’ and softened with the artesian water from their own wells based on the original old recipe, restored by experts on ancient monastic manuscripts. Legend of Kremlin is bottled in a special decanter, old glass factory production decanter of Prince Potemkin. Legend of Kremlin Vodka release is controlled by the laboratory of the Federal Security Service. Vodka is exported to the CIS countries, the EU, the U.S., used in the Moscow Kremlin, the State Duma, the Government House of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.
January 31 – Birthday of Russian vodka