Baltika is launching a discount beer brand across Russia.

The country's biggest brewer confirmed today (16 August) that 'Big Mug' will be available nationwide from the end of this month.

Big Mug will be available in two styles - 'Amber' and 'Strong' - and is part of Baltika's strategy to introduce an inexpensive brand to replace obsolete Soviet ones.

The beer is already in production at Baltika's breweries in Chelyabinsk and Samara in Russia, while production will begin later this year in Rostov, Tula, Yaroslavl, Krasnoyarsk and St. Petersburg.

Baltika said it plans to lay claim to 2% of the country's discount segment with Big Mug during the final quarter of this year, with volumes targeted at 400,000 hectolitres. By the end of next year, the company is forecasting a 7% share of the segment.

Amber and Strong will be available in glass and PET bottles.