A guide for beer snobs

17 Feb 2017

When in a foreign land we always try to wet our whistle with a local brew, but since we’re card carrying beer snobs this isn’t always an easy task. After all, we don’t want to waste our time on mass-produced pilsners and loutish lagers. If you’re of a similar mind then here are a few tips on where to get a good Latvian brew that won’t make you hurl.

If you’re in the old town then head over to Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs, which may be hard to pronounce, but serves roughly 20 Latvian beers including delicious offerings by the Malduguns brewery like Sānslīde – a kind of dark IPA. On the other end of town you’ll find the Aussie Pub, which has a special 14-beer sampler that will give you a crash course in Latvian beer. Try the Kaņepju alus (cannabis beer) by Iļģuciems. It also has great brews by Coopers as well as some lesser offerings from Down Under like VB. In between the two in a medieval warehouse you'll find the Armoury Bar that specialises in craft brews from around the globe.

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