Alus Ezeriņš - Rokkapela Parlaments* - Parlamenta Alus Dziesmas = Latvian Beer Songs
Label: Microphone Records - MRCD 033 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Latvia • Genre: Pop, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Schlager
Beer enthusiast Atis Rektins from Latvia Dzeru alu blog — in Latvian only kindly put together this short guide to Latvian fine beers and smaller breweries in English. Lithuanian translation can be found here. I am neither going to describe these beers, nor recommend them to anyone, Reality - Putrid Fever - Do You Remember? of these are totally the same as their Lithuanian counterparts, just the label and design sometimes not even that is different.
As usually, it is the small breweries that make the most interesting and best tasting brews. The easy way to find the better Latvian brews Alus Ezeriņš - Rokkapela Parlaments* - Parlamenta Alus Dziesmas = Latvian Beer Songs be to skip the pale and look for dark beers mostly European Dark lagers with occasional Baltic Porter. The best place to buy bottled Latvian beers in Riga is Stockmann department store, in Darkmere - Clannad - Clannad very centre of Riga, between the main railway and bus station.
There you will find plenty of both macro and micro beers for sligthly inflated prices. However, there are some more breweries that are even smaller and much less known, as they account for not more than a few percent of the market and their production is not very widely distributed even in Latvia. Of course, everyone has his favorite brews, but it would be quite safe to say that most of the Latvians who have tried Abula beer there are two sorts — black Schwarzbier and pale European Pale Lager think of it as one of the best Latvian beers.
The main trick is to buy it — it is not bottled and for 1. The beer is available on-tap in a few pubs as well and it is neither filtered, nor pasteurised. There is one downside to Abula beer — although quite delicious, you can get a bad headache next morning if more than 2 or 3 pints are consumed. The rest buys malt elsewhere, e. As the name says, these are ginger beers — average according to European, but quite good for Latvian standards. One of the best is Ingvera Sarkanais Reda Vienna lager.
The only brewpub in Latvia, located in the monstrous building of quasi-traditional Latvian kitchen Krasta street, Riga, look for a large windmill. It is accessible by tram no. They invested more than 2 million euros, partly EU funds, in brand new equipment to establish the newest brewery in Latvia, brought in a German brewer and now are trying to conquer the market, rather succesfully I think.
They produce only one pale lager, quite similar in taste to German Kellerbier that is above average Latvian standards and is available in more and more shops, their website has all the details.
Some darker brews are expected this fall. Half a liter costs up to 1. Interesting selection of some brews of less known Latvian breweries is available in otherwise very unattractive and dark space — the tunnel under the railway, leading from the Riga Central railway station to the Central Market. It is full of small shops with good selection of beers for attractive prices. These places are here in the Google map. It is also possible to visit some of the breweries, but there would not be too much to see, as visitors rarely are allowed inside production premises.
And you will see some part of brewing free of charge when visiting Abula brewery when your bottle will be filled. Of course, the situation is changing all the time, but I assume the above information could be accurate for the summer Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. Apie In English? Best beer in Latvia is brewed in small Abula brewery.
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