Today’s guest is Lana Svitankova, a beer writer, translator, beer judge and brewery ambassador for Varvar Brew in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Before we get into what we chatted about, I thought it best to mention when we chatted. Lana and I recorded in mid-December 2021, just two months before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Given the current situation, I checked in with Lana to make sure she was comfortable with me sharing our conversation as planned and she felt there was no need to postpone it, suggesting instead that the episode may help draw attention to the country, its people and its beer scene.
If you’d like to support the people of Ukraine, Lana has launched a new initiative – Drinkers for Ukraine – to help raise funds for the Red Cross humanitarian relief effort in the country. Visit drinkersforukraine.com to find out how you can get involved.
And if you’d like to learn more about Lana, the incredible individual behind this initiative, listen in as we discuss what Lana’s day-to-day work life looks like, how she got into beer, and of course, what she enjoys most about being a part of the beer industry.
(Just a quick heads up, I was recovering from Covid when Lana and I chatted, so my voice is a bit scratchy. Apologies in advance.)
Image from Lana Svitankova