Heineken has confirmed that it has begun local brewing of its Slovak beer brand Zlaty Bazant in Belarus.

A spokesperson for the Netherlands-based brewer told just-drinks yesterday (30 November) that the brand, which was previously only available as an imported brand from Russia, will now be produced by its domestic operations in the country.

Zlaty Bazant will be produced in the Syabar brewery in Babruysk in Belarus, the spokesperson said. Exact prices are not known at this stage.

"Zlaty Bazant will be the first licensed Slovak beer made in Belarus," the spokesperson noted.

Heineken owns Syabar and Rechitsa, which it acquired in 2007 and 2008 respectively, in Belarus. The brewer also produces Bobrov, Rechitskoye and Dneprovskoye domestically. The portfolio is rounded out by licensed brands Gosser and Doctor Diesel, and by Heineken itself, which is imported.