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Beer Road

From old times Biržai region is famous for its brewers and excellent beer. In the past beer  making was practiced in nearly every home, each with their own recipes, passed on father to son for generations.
Today several Biržai breweries continue the production of traditional recipes. The people of Biržai showed their respect for their beer when, after town was destroyed by the Swedes in 1704, the rebuilding of the brewery preceded the town hall and the fortress. Laws were enacted which required standards of high quality in beer making which are followed to the present day.
Lets start the “Beer Way” excursion at the “Sėla” museum of Biržai region. The “Sėla” museum is  located in the 17th century bastion fortress built by Duke Radvila. Here, in one hall, you will see all types of equipment used to make beer. A museum guide will tell you all subtle things about brewing. “Siaudela” folklore group will sing Biržai region songs about beer, play panpipes, blow horns and dance with you. You will have an exceptional opportunity to taste Biržai beer, home-maid bread and cheese, and you will learn to sing the Biržai beer hymn.

 

 Tour Beer Road

4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1

 

 

 

Arrival to Vilnius. Private transfer to the hotel. Later – a tour in the Historical Old Town of Vilnius. Cathedral and it’s square, Gediminas Castle, University campus, Pilies street with the 16-18th century historical and architectural monuments, Gothic corner of Vilnius with St Anne's and Bernardines churches, former Town Hall square, the Gates of Dawn with miraculous icon of Virgin Mary are waiting to be discovered. Overnight in Vilnius.

 

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Trip to Biržai (210 km outside Vilnius). Biržai – is one of the oldest Lithuanian towns located in the north of the country between  two rivers. A short tour visiting the longest pedastrian bridge in Lithuania ( lenghth 525 m.), Renescainse Biržai castle. Afterwards - Butautai  Manor brewery. Here you will meet the brewers, who took over the craft from their parents or grandparents, and hear more about beer making process, story. You also have a chance  to taste the boiled beer in the old cellars of  manor. Butautai beer has been selected as Lithuanian Product of the Year 2010. Later on an educational program „Žaldokas beer“, where you will learn about ancient brewing tools and experience real Lithuanian hospitality. Taste real home made beer, eat just baked bread and enjoy white Lithuanian cheese along with a folk ensemble playing archaic music! Overnight in hotel/ farmstead.

 

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The Sėla Biržai Regional Museum offers a visit to a unique exhibition, Old Ways of Brewing, and the adult education class “Žaldokas Beer”. Participants will be introduced to accessories used in the ancient brewing process, the technologies of home brewing – and the hospitable traditions of the people of Aukštaitija. Sitting at a white-cloth table you will sample Biržai beer, cheese and bread, and listen to a folklore ensemble that promotes the local region’s musical traditions by playing “supper songs” (songs sung while treating guests). There’s also an opportunity to try out local wind instruments, horns, singing and dancing.

The unique heritage of the old Lithuanian Birzai region beer making tradition - "Butautai dvaro alus", noble in its past, inimitable in the taste, by dense froth and distinguished aroma. Only selected ingredients, natural carbonic acid, which forms while double maturing and accurately restored old beer making technology gives this drink truly exquisite taste. That of which the old beer makers were proud now has revived for your table.Ingredients: malt, caramel malt, hops, yaest.Alcohol 5,5%.Energetic value in 100g of beer 53 kcal, carbohydrates 3.6g, dry materials in primary mash: 13%; store at +2 +12C. Protect from direct sun; use at +8+12C.f

 


Brewery Ponor, founded in 1991, survived a serious establishment, expansion, development years, successfully working Birzai area. She chose not the most easiest way to beer, not come through pasteurization, but kept the old brewing traditions. Beer brewed from selected raw materials under the old Biržietiškas beer recipes. He is alive, unpasteurized, sterile filtered, the beer is seen all over the world. Beer poured in 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 5 liter PET bottles and 30 kegs of 50 liters. Pasteurized, sterile filtered "Ponor" favorite beer in Lithuania. Brewery ponor owns Beer path. Upon arrival, we can see the brewery, taste of beer. We invite you to visit us!

Brewery Rinkuškiai was established in the year 1991 in Biržai region known as Beer Country in Lithuania. The owners of the brewery – Rimantas Čygas, Petras Kalkys and Sigitas Kalkys are proud of a strong company that has been constantly growing in the market.

The brewery stands No5 in the market right after 4 largest breweries in Lithuania and holds 4 percent of the market share.Rinkuškiai offers a wide assortment of beer – from light lager to strong stout beer. The brewery puts great emphasis on beer quality that is strictly monitored everyday. Rinkuškiai offers its customers several new brands of beer each year. The company sells beer in usual 0,5 liter (16.9 Fl Oz) 0.33 liter (11.2 Fl Oz) glass and in 0,5 liter, 1 liter, 2 liter plastic (PET) bottles that are most convenient when traveling and at social events.

“Birzu alus” – one of the oldest breweries in Lithuania, established in 1686 by Liudvika Karolina Radvilaite. Since these old times it is obvious that the beer in Birzai is really very good. The label of “Bavarijos” beer, which was produced in counts Tiskeviciai brewery is now being displayed in the “Sela” museum. It shows that this sort of beer was awarded several times in Germany, the homeland of beer.
When governments were changing the brewery was destroyed and rebuilt again, till finally in 1996 it was reorganized into the independent company, which regained its original name “Birzu alus”.
Since May 2004 the new stage has been started in the brewery. Today mash is being fermented in closed cylindrical vessels what gives more possibilities to improve the quality of beer. Also, in 2004 the new Czech drought equipment was installed, so we can offer our beer in various capacities: from 0, 5ltr to 5ltr.
Though nowadays we use the latest technologies to produce high quality beer, we still keep former traditions: the beer is being matured in old cold basements. Then matured beer is clarified and after that poured into bottles. Scalded beer is poured into plastic bottles whereas not scalded beer is poured into barrels. All beer types have saved the best beer production traditions typical to the North of Lithuania.
On the occasion of 320th anniversary, which our brewery celebrated in 2006, the new “1686 Jubiliejinis” 7% volume beer was released. The same year this exceptional beer was announced as the Product of the Year and got the gold medal. The award was given by the President Valdas Adamkus. “1686 Jubiliejinis” has original taste and is poured into 1 ltr glass bottles, brought from Germany specially for this beer.
During the reconstruction of the brewery, the old cellar was found which, probably, could have been set in approximately 1882. In 2004 this unique heritage was reconstructed and today there hospitably accepted trips, which for a certain fee here also have the opportunity to see the brewery and taste our beer.

Half-day tour to Trakai

Trakai (4 hours tour) is one of the oldest Grand Duchy of Lithuania residence and capitals. Trakai is the second capital of Lithuania.

Tour to Kernave

Kernave village (4 hours tour) located on the banks of the river Neris (35 km from Vilnius) has been known as the capital of Lithuania before Trakai and Vilnius. 

Country life museum in Rumsiskes

Country life Open Air Museum of Lithuania (6 hours tour) is a unique and one of the largest (195 ha) open-air ethnographic museums in Europe.

Fly & Lease of campers in the Baltic.

Camper on the road

Take a tour and discover Baltics by yourself!

You will be able to travel comfortably throughout Baltic Sates in our campers, as passengers really may feel themselves like home and take any necessary stuff with them, even their most loved cup for coffee.
A virtue of motor homes is the possibility to be in the cabin in all companionship while going from place to place.
Moreover, you will be free as you will be independent from hotels and every evening you will be able to spend in any place you wish!

Prepaid individual transfer :

no trouble with money exchange upon arrival,
no need to take care oftaxi search,
no language problems !

The driver will wait for you at arrival hall with your name on the card, will help you with luggage and will safely transfer you to agreed place.
Please fill in the Transfer Reservation and we will contact you within 24 business hours with confirmation

KIA CARNIVAL  25 EUR (max 5 persons)                                                
MERCEDES-BENZ VIANO  35 EUR (max 7 persons)

per car only!