20190714_142937 Beers from Baltic microbreweries
We found a store in Vilnius called "Maukas", whose name is a semi-made-up word that could be loosely translated as "Gulp". It carries beers from many microbreweries from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and perhaps some other neighboring countries.
Throughout the trip I have felt disappointed that most bars and pubs in Lithuania don't carry microbrewery products. Most bars have maybe 5 beers on tap. Typically those are popular, mainstream beers that you can find in every store. This usually includes a couple of light-colored beers, a couple of dark ones, and a kriek. That's true even about gastropubs - that was a surprise knowing how American gastropubs often have 20+ craft beers on tap.
But there were a few exceptions. I even noticed a rule: if an establishment is called a bar, pub or gastropub, it will only have a small selection of beers, but if it has the word "beer" (or Lithuanian version thereof) in the title, it may have a big craft beer selection, and it will carry products of small Lithuanian microbreweries.
Anyway, we decided to sample some goods from the neighboring Baltic countries, even if we had to go to a specialty store for that.
The leftmost beer is Cloud Computing IPA from Estonia. APIs by day, IPAs by night! Then we have a sour beetroot ale, which might actually be Lithuanian, since its name is written in Lithuanian on the label. I can't read the rest of the label, so I can't tell for sure where it is from. Then we have two Latvian beers, "Aroniju ragana" ("Chokeberry witch"), and a juniper red ale "Mezs". I especially liked the two fruity (or vegetably, as it were?) beers, but then I'm a person who likes fruity beers.