Lithuania > Vilnius
Ernest (159) Boulder, Colorado | July 20, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Biggest selection of taps and friendly bartenders (all young women the time we were there) are the high points. Low points are the terrible beer quality (diacetyl, raw/underfermented notes, etc., i.e. the usual Lithuanian characteristics) and trendy/noisy atmosphere...very much a young crowd when we were there, cheering at big-screen-TV sports as loudly as they could muster. In that sense it kinda has the vibe of the typical brewpub in the US...no old world charm here.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | June 14, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
You should consider me baffled. Dirty, buttery, defect-laden beer being drunk en masse by a large, yelling basketball club fan student section. I got a whiff and a taste of two samples with small pours of three more and each of them was in bad shape and showing a lot of fermentation flaws. Loud music, lots of televisions, hooligan students! :) Yes they have a large draft selection of Lithuanian beers (closer to 20 than 30), but for me it was a horrible place to drink based on atmosphere and quality. I will say the service was a notch above most places in Vilnius; very willing and attentive service.
larsga (196) Oslo, Norway | November 18, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Modern place with photos of hop bines as wallpaper, and lots of dark wood. Brightly lit, and perhaps a bit sterile-looking. The beer selection is nice, and there’s a good number of farmhouse ales on. Service was English-speaking and helpful. Mixed crowd.
FatPhil (265) Tallinn, Estonia | November 10, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly clinical atmosphere - clean, and light, and plenty of right angles. But not unpleasant, we happily sipped our beers without care here. The wall mural of the hopbines is a great idea - worth an extra point for just being so beery! Huge selection of taps, maybe 20 Lithuanian beers, probably most of them live (gyvas). Many of them little guys and well worth hunting out. Food is salty nibbles - absolutely stunning biltong-style jerked meat and spicy sausages. Damn tasty, and fortified us during our walk to Alaus Namai. Everything can be put in a bottle for take-home. Friendly staff, even though his English wasn’t brilliant. E.g. when he saw us both drinking the light beer having made no impact on the dark beer, he asked if there was a problem with the dark beer - of course there wasn’t, we were just serialising the two! For tap beers, for us this is our #1 target for our next trip, as Alaus Namai and Snekutis don’t change menu quickly enough for there to be many new beers, and this guy was carrying plenty of winners. I understand there are many Alynas outlets in Lithuania now, probably they’re all worth visiting. Browse around the website for more info on those.
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