Molotov cocktails on the menu: Ukrainian brewery switches from beer to bombs amid Russian invasion

Ukrainian brewery owner making bombs instead of beer

Ukrainian brewery owner Yuri Zastavny discusses the switch to making Molotov cocktails amid war with Russia.

A Ukrainian brewery is mixing up Molotov cocktails instead of beer as war with Russia reaches a boiling point.

Brewery owner Yuri Zastavny told “America’s Newsroom” Monday that he and his staff decided to use their own “chemical skills,” supplies and labor to contribute to the fight instead of standing idly by.

“Once we understand what can come through beer — because it’s no time for beer, we need to get other things sorted out – we decided to make Molotov cocktails because we can use bottles, we can use the people, and it was a grassroots idea.”

Zastavny’s brewery is based in Lviv, Ukraine, which he described as a “safe haven” for Ukrainians who escaped bombings in other areas. He explained that over the last few decades, Ukraine has frequently used Molotov cocktails during other uprisings such as protests in 2014 and 2015, so the Ukrainian public is familiar with their construction.

Members of civil defense prepare Molotov cocktails in a yard in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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“We know how to make them stick; we know how to make them light very well,” he said. “And we can unite, together, our theory of brewing and chemistry with the practice of using that eight years ago.”

The business owner reveled in the willingness of his fellow Ukrainians to help across all expertise and specialties – from IT to brewing — for the greater purpose of defending their country.

“That’s exactly the spirit,” he said. “If you can brew, then you can make Molotov cocktails. And we are not very selective in bottles. So if you have bottles even from… brewers or wine or water or whatever, it all goes to a good purpose.”

Ukrainian soldiers take positions outside a military facility as two cars burn, in a street in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine’s capital Saturday, and street fighting broke out as city officials urged residents to take shelter. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Zastavny is keeping that same spirit alive, predicting that Ukraine will be able to end the war victorious.

“I have absolutely no doubt that we win,” he said. “We’re already winning because we already disrupted the plans of the crazy dictator. And we will continue to do it because they’re not facing only the Ukrainian Army but they are facing the army of 40 million people prepared to fight every step.”

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