Latvia > Riga
Beer Available At S. Brevinga (arranged by most recent)
Mikkeller Cream Ale 90, Saldalus Puķu , Ilgezeem Dzērveņu , Saldalus Gaišais , Saldalus Tumšais , Fuller’s Bengal Lancer 85, Rugtais Dumpis 19, Aldaris Dižais Gambrinus 12, Aldaris Porteris 88, Ankerbräu Nördlingen Grandl Helles Lagerbier 28, Ankerbräu Rieser Hefe-Weizen 41, Ankerbräu Rieser Dunkles Weizen 42, Beck’s Alkoholfrei (Non-Alcoholic) n/a, Piebalgas Tumšais Lux 24, Madonas Bodnieku 38, Belle-Vue Kriek 42, Rezeknis Bryuvers Tumšais 27, Rezeknis Bryuvers Gaišais 20
HoppyBudgie (20) SOLA, Norway | July 29, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Have some local beers on tap, acctually around 12 taps. But the selection of bottle beers in the shelf on the next room reflects whats happening to the place. All the craft are going out and nothing out of the ordinary belgians and Latvians are filling in instead. Was 1 or 2 interessting IPAs there but nothing out of the ordinary, Helpful staff and easy to find. Alehouse was better but longer out from the town. Did not eat.
Marduk (50) Tallinn, Estonia | January 15, 2014
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 9/20
This place feels like, not old, but worn out. Glory days are over now struggling to stay alive. Out of 4 beers I wanted: 1 wasn’t available and 2 of them were gone bad (1 disgustingly bad other was somewhat drinkable). Service was friendly but slow.
FatPhil (265) Tallinn, Estonia | January 13, 2014
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
New Rating (2014):
Smelt of stale sour beer. Served stale sour beer (some of it smelt of poo - yay!). Only had ~12 taps, and ~12 unexceptional bottles, which is in harsh contrast to what it was like 2-3 years ago. What a fucking nose-dive. A real shame.
Old rating (2011): (4:8:11:x:8:16=78)
De Ranke XX Bitter on tap. That’s all you need to know. If there’s none left, it’s because I drank it all. Little that I can add to Bryne’s review. He didn’t mention the 2 tellies, showing different sports channels, but that’s about it. Easy to find off to the left of Doms Laukums. Really world-class beer venue, leading the pack in the Baltic states currently.
visionthing (249) Oslo, Norway | January 1, 2014
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Not a must visit, but a quite nice bar in the center of old town. In tje middle of the tourist area, butnice selection of local brews on tap (10 at the time of my visit). Some British and Belgian beers were slso available, but hardly any interesting ones. Good service and a nice place for a pit stop in the old town.
DKh (2) , | July 9, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
They have some local beers. But I was very surprised to be given a foxy draft pint. The selection of craft bottles is very poor - they had some BrewDog stuff but those bottles were close to expire - I understand that there will be no further craft beer there once they sell the remaining bottles. To sum up - this place is now focused on common tourists wanting fizzy watery lagers with a good food and for sure it is not interesting for a beer geeks. Visited on 13 June
beeroverwithme (90) Třnsberg, Norway | July 8, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Lies in a very touristy area so most of the staff speak English pretty well. I preferred to sit outside in the cool breeze, but it was a bit noisy. Service was excellent and the food great, and with 11 latvian draft beer and probably a hundred bottled types to choose from this became my favorite beer place in Riga. Visits on July 2 and 8, 2013.
Tim Webb (187) Cambridge, England | April 26, 2013
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 11/20
No longer the premier beer bar od Riga - they moved to ALEhouse. The upstairs restaurant may be OK, I have no idea. After 20 minutes of no service for beer 1 or food I quit. Better service downstairs but limited beer range now and too much TV sport. Ho hum.
larsga (196) Oslo, Norway | March 28, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
A nice enough place, divided into a restaurant and a bar. The bar is kind of small, with a big row of draft beers. I was pleasantly surprised to discover they had 5-6 Latvian micro beers. One of these was infected, unfortunately. The staff were polite and helpful, but not very knowledgeable about beer, and one was just completely inarticulate. TV screens with sports, and not too loud music. All in all I thought it was not bad.
deanso (255) the Hague, Netherlands | October 15, 2012| Updated November 12, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice friendly place. 23 taps but 5 were off. Interesting mix of British, Belgian and a couple of Latvia beers i think.
HenrikO (10) London, England | May 25, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
About 20 taps, 5 local Latvian (mostly micros/local breweries - try the Madonas farmhouse ale for a unique Latvian beer experience!), the rest Belgian macros (InBev brands like Belle-Vue and Leffe) with the occasional surprise (Steenberge, De Ranke) and some bottles stuff (including BrewDog and Belhaven). Bottle shop next to the restaurant has good but limited selection compared to the main bottle shop/bar in Berga Bazars (see entry).
The standout here is really the food: hearty, no-frills pub food, Baltic style (try the herring salad or the mixed grill!), prepared with care and good ingredients, reasonably priced for Old Town. You won’t find a better combo of beer selection/food quality in Old Town.
Service generally OK but can be patchy - most staff are very knowledgeable about the beers and can give advice on local brands, but some staff members are entirely clueless.
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