Ukrainian brewery switches production to Molotov cocktails made in bottles of its ‘Putin is a d***head’ craft beer

  • Pravda Brewery has switched from producing beer to Molotov cocktails at its Lviv location
  • Ukrainians prepare makeshift bombs for defense of their cities
  • The move comes after calls from Ukraine’s President Zelensky for civilians to engage Russian troops with guerilla warfare when they enter cities like Lviv

As Ukrainians are preparing to defend their towns from the invasion of Vladimir Putin’s troops, a Ukrainian brewery started making Molotov cocktails.

Pravda Brewery in Lviv said they had switched production from beer to the makeshift firebombs using bottles of its artisan beer called ‘Putin is a d***head’.

The production – which the brewery said is being aided by locals – follows calls from Ukraine’s President Zelensky for civilians to engage Russian troops with guerilla warfare when they enter cities like Lviv and capital Kyiv.

After the 2014 Russian annexation in Crimea, the name of the Belgian Strong Golden Ale 8% was inspired by a popular Ukrainian football chant. 

Pravda Brewery, based in Lviv, is making Molotov cocktails for residents to use against invading Russian forces. The labels on the bottle read 'Putin is a d***head'

Pravda Brewery in Lviv is producing Molotov cocktails that residents can use to fight invading Russian troops. The labels on the bottle read ‘Putin is a d***head’

The production follows calls from Ukraine's President Zelensky for civilians to engage Russian troops with guerilla warfare when they enter cities

Following President Zelensky’s call for citizens to engage Russian troops using guerilla warfare in cities, the production is now complete

A case of 24 330ml bottles of the ale costs 979 Ukrainian hryvnia (£23.30) from the brewery in the western city of Lviv.

BBC News interviewed Arina, a teacher who said that she didn’t think this would be how her students would spend their weekend.

“No one thought this but we are doing it now and it seems like the best thing to do right now.”

“We don’t have the luxury of living our everyday lives. If we want to be safe, then we must do something.”

A bottle of the 'Putin is a d***head' beer which costs 979 Ukrainian hryvnia (£23.30) for a case fo 24 bottles.

The graphic on the beer's label shows a naked Vladimir Putin sitting on a throne holding a nuclear bomb and surrounded by weapons and oil wells

Named after a Ukrainian soccer chant, the Belgian Strong Golden Ale 8% was inspired by the Russian dictator’s 2014 annexe of Crimea. On the label, a graphic depicts a naked Vladimir Putin seated on a throne with a nuclear bomb. He is surrounded by weapons as well as oil wells.

Ukrainians are preparing for protracted guerilla warfare in cities as they resist Russian occupiers

While resisting Russian occupiers, Ukrainians have been preparing for prolonged guerilla war in their cities.

Molotov cocktails are improvised incendiary bombs which were named by Finnish troops after Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov in World War Two

Molotov cocktails, improvised incendiary explosive bombs that were thrown together by a group of people in Finland after Vyacheslav Molotov (Soviet foreign minister) in World War Two.

Molotov cocktails can be described as improvised explosive bombs. They were named by the Finnish soldiers after Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet foreign minister who claimed bombing missions in Finland were food drops.

The petrol bombs, which they used against Soviet tanks, were then named by the Finns in a sarcastic way after the communist politician.

These are made from broken glass bottles that have been filled with petrol or other flammable liquids. Then they’re covered with cloth and lit.

The bottles will shatter on impact and explode into a fiery ball.

Ukrainians may have even tried to put shredded styrofoam into bombs, which could help flames stick to the targets. 

Ukraine: the latest 

  • Ukraine’s MoD says Russia has lost 5,300 soldiers, 29 planes, 29 helicopters and 151 tanks
  • Russia’s MoD acknowledged for the first times that it had suffered losses but declined to specify how many.
  • Russian economy plunged into chaos after Western sanctions were implemented over the weekend. The ruble fell to its lowest levels ever.
  • Moscow’s central banks has increased the interest rate by more than double to 20%
  • Russia requires companies and individuals to convert 80 percent of their revenues into foreign currency. This forces them to purchase the ruble in order to support Russia.
  • Moscow stock exchange will not open at all until 3pm, in order to prevent an impending crash.
  • Zelensky allowed Ukrainian prisoner to be released if they joined defense forces to “repay their debt”. 
  • President of Ukraine announced the creation an “international brigade” for overseas volunteers who want to join the army, following ‘thousands’ of applicants 
  • Spain’s foreign Minister called Putin’s decision to activate nuclear power on high alert as “another sign of weakness.” [his] absolute irrationality’
  • Shinzo Abe is a former Japanese prime minister who believes his country should be open for nuclear weapons hosting
  • Germany has announced that it will provide $112 million to help rebuild its armed forces. This is more than double the current budget for self-defence.
  • For the first time ever, EU declared that funds will be sent to Ukraine for weapons, including fighter-jets.