The breweries of Vilnius and Lithuanian beer. How not to take advantage of a trip to Vilnius to sample the excellent Lithuanian beer? We find out what are the best pubs and breweries in Vilnius where you can taste good craft beer and not.
The breweries of Vilnius and Lithuanian beer
A pint of beer in the company in one of the many brewpubs is a must in Lithuania, especially during the harsh winter evenings.
The choice of local beers is very wide. Ubiquitous, in pubs and restaurants of Lithuanian cities, are the Švyturys and Kalnapilis, brands of beers most famous national nationwide. However, these industrial beers, produced on a large scale.
The scene is dominated instead by the local brewing Kaimiškas Alus, or traditional beers farms, produced according to ancient traditions, with traditional methods and ingredients indigenous.
These are what remains of the traditional beers of the country before the advent of the industrial beers. Craft beers are very, Quality fluctuating, often made with hops and malt with local and yeast strains own.
Lithuanian beer of this type is produced in a particular way in the city of Biržai, located north of the country, a few kilometers from the border of Latvia (Here every year hosts a festival dedicated brewing). The beers of Biržai (Biržų alus) have little or unfiltered, and fermented hops and malt thanks to local. Fruit flavors and tastes reminiscent of German wheat beers. To test this kind of beer you have to go to Vilnius in breweries: including the Bambalynė, theAlaus Namai and the Šnekutis.
In general, both craft beers that industrial produced in Lithuania, are of excellent quality and inexpensive. The average price for a beer is about 1,50 €.
In Lithuania there is another type of beer, the “Gira“ (nota in Russia come Kvass), a drink of sweet and with very low alcohol content, produced by fermentation of rye.
The breweries in Vilnius
Vilnius is a culturally active and very young, thanks to the presence of the university in the city center. The nightlife of the city is therefore very lively and presence many pubs and bars where you can enjoy good beer Lithuanian.
If you are looking for handmade products you can point to some brewpub or embark in search of “farmhouse ales”, beers farms. If you are not animals disco and the beer is for you, here is a list of breweries in Vilnius not to be missed:
Alynas (Jogailos 6, Vilnius)
open from 11.00 to 24.00, Fridays and Saturdays from 11.00 to 2.00
It serves a variety of beers. It is a chain of bars where they serve beer traditional Lithuanian. The other pubs in the chain are located in Klaipeda, Palanga e Kaunas.
Alaus Namai (Beer House) (A. Goštauto 8, Vilnius)
open from 11.00 to 24.00, Fridays and Saturdays from 11.00 to 5.00
The Alaus Namai is a very popular local underground, near the old town, and presents a wide selection of craft beers from various areas of Lithuania. Wooden boards on barrels as benches, menu of Lithuanian, cheap beers and live rock music. Among the dishes we mention the beer soup and pea soup and pig ears. Recommended for lovers of beer and rock music. There is a wide selection of good beers at low prices.
Bambalynė (Stiklių 7, Vilnius)
open every day from 11.00 to 24.00
If you like beer you can not beat this place! The bambalyne microbrew-style brick cellar, fascinating, cozy and quiet, with great service. The wonderful atmosphere of the brick cellar makes it the perfect place for a small group, a quiet chat, a solitary reflection or reading. Here offromo wide range of excellent beers (almost 100 different types) from nearby microbreweries – including some types of beers unpasteurized and unfiltered (unfortunately hard to find in other countries). Here you will find in fact the farmhouse ales. The restaurant is a little more luxurious than its counterparts, the bar is fashionable among consumers of beer in the capital. Plus there's a shop inside and a dining tasting beer for true fans.
Remember: a sincere smile always opens the hearts of the waitresses here present, which often are bothered by too many drunken idiots and no manners.
Būsi Trečias (Totorių 18, Vilnius)
open every day from 11.00 to 24.00, Fridays and Saturdays from 11.00 to 2.00
Busi Trecias is perhaps the only true microbrewery in the capital as well as a good place to eat local dishes. The lower level is a genuine and good bar, while the large upper level reminiscent of a German beer garden full of locals singing patriotic songs and falls from the wooden benches. The house beer is good, although you may want to steer clear of flavored versions.
Šnekutis (Polocko 7a, Šv. Stepono 8, Šv. Mikalojaus 15, Vilnius)
open every day from 11.00 to 23.30
The brewery Snekutis is situated in the picturesque neighborhood of Užupis, in Polocko 7a (but there are also two other pubs in town). The place is quite charming and style agriculture. The excellent selection of craft beers offers a wide range of farmhouse ales. At Snekutis can find beers from micro-breweries from all corners of Lithuania. Try to get drunk with beer Stačias from Panevėžys (12% gradation). A couple of these big beers and you will find yourself rolling down the staircase leading to the toilet. The barman is a bizarre-looking gentleman with a mustache and theatrical. The Snekutis no table service and therefore must order at the bar. Highly recommended and extremely popular, if you come to Vilnius you do have to come and drink around here!
Vilniaus Alus (Šv. Pilies 6, Vilnius)
open every day from 12.00 to 23.30
a small pub located in a small courtyard, specializes in serving good beer and good prices. Here also organize sessions Beer Tasting.
Alaus Studija (S.Žukausko g. 20, Vilnius)
open every day from 11.00 all’ 1.00
The Alaus Studija is interesting because 'it is not in the center and so it is not frequented by ordinary tourists. The place is' located in an old palace of the Soviet police restored and adapted to accommodate the bar. The restaurant consists of a huge room where the beer flows freely and serve great burgers.
Prie Katedros (Gedimino pr. 5, Vilnius)
open every day from 11.00 to 24.00
It is a restaurant and brewery, plant with a view on two levels, not far from the Cathedral. Produces three types of beers: a clear, a dark and honey.
Restoranas Lokys (Stikliu gatve 8, Vilnius)
open every day from 12.00 to 24.00
This restaurant offers the "traditional beer Biržai": very good beer though rustic flavor.