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Made in the Baltics: Kanapinis – Lithuanian Cannabis Beer


Lithuanian brewing traditions are under threat. Armies of enemies – mighty and wicked – are ringing their weapons.

Lithuanian brewing ManifestAnd so the motherland drowns. It is flooded with beer that isnot ours. But here they are – some cheerful news! A happy rumor is travelling across our lands – up in the north a defensive alliance is being formed. “Auštaitijos Breweries” – the guardian of Lithuanian brewing traditions – is entering the battle for the soul of the beer.

Butautų Manor” brewery – Your Aristocrat Among Brewers. “Kupiškėnų” brewery – Your Humble World Champion. “Taruškų” brewery – Your Chic Beer Trendsetter. brewery – Your No-Nonsense Man‘s Beer. One for all, and all for one. And, of course, four times hooray!

Today they defend the cherished traditions not only against foreign intruders. Local schemers are also a threat to be reckoned with. For “live” beer traditions are nothing but a marketing joke for these “traditionalists”. Hence no other option was left for the honorable highlanders.

Four Lithuanian breweries, owned by local capital, took seats around the table, drew up a defense treaty and signed the “5 No’s” beer manifesto.

The brave highlanders stamped the treaty with an ancient seal. On that seal one notices two grass snakes, resting at the table, saluting each other with raised beer mugs.

The symbol was found on an ancient door during reconstructions of the Butautai Manor. There can be no other interpretation. This is the past speaking, obliging us to preserve and nourish the brewing traditions of Lithuanian Highland. And to introduce them to our friends in Europe and the faraway overseas.

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Taruškų Kanapinis – Lithuanian Cannabis Beer

Pale beer “Kanapinis”Pale beer “Kanapinis”

During the brewing of experimental beer at the brewery “Taruškų alaus bravoras” a type of beer with hemp was made.

This beer has received great popularity among students, and then among wider audience as well.

For brewing beer of “Kanapinis” type roasted hemp seeds are used, which gives the beer a smell of roasted nuts and a burnt, sweet taste.

Alk. 5,1%

Dark beer “Kanapinis”Dark beer “Kanapinis”

As pale “Kanapinis” received great popularity, the dark version of this beer was brewed as well.

For brewing of the beer, hemp seeds and roasted malt is used which gives rich dark colour and, upon tasting, caramel savour with distinct hop bitterness unfolds.

Alk. 5,3%


About “Taruškų” Brewery

 “Taruškų” BreweryThe two of the main members of the Highland Breweries Association are “Taruškų alaus bravoras” and “Miežiškių bravoras” located near the city of Panevėžys in a picturesque Juosta river region, Trakiškio village.

During the decade, the activity of these breweries has been developing and expanding here.

A distinctive feature is that these beer breweries are separated only by a wall.

This is the only occurrence in Lithuania when two breweries producing different beer are located next to each other.

Ingvar Henry Lotts
Dr. Ingvar Henry Lotts is the founder of the Baltic Review (ISSN 2029-2643). He is member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the BALTIC REVIEW and President of the Union of Lithuanian Germans (LVS). Ingvar Henry Lotts lives in Vilnius with his wife Elvyra, a orphanage director, and their daughter Anna-Gertruda, student of the Vilnius University.

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