Aldaris Beer Museum
Aldaris Beer Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Aldaris Beer Museum is the most up-to-date museum of beer in the Baltics and the very first one in Latvia. It is located in the historic neighborhood of Aldaris in the outskirts of Riga, in Sarkandaugava. The beer museum welcomed its first visitors in May 2015, after large-scale reconstruction works. The museum offers its guests to discover the diversity and charm of beers brewed in Latvia and elsewhere, the secrets of brewing, and also to try hand at brewing. It also displays the collection of historic exhibits related to beer and relies on state-of-the art technologies to better introduce its visitors to the four basic elements of beer – water, hops, malt and yeast. Beer-tasting of exquisite beer varieties accompanied by a beer sommelier, opportunity to become acquainted with diversity of taste, snacks matched to every beer variety (food pairing).
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Similtiades
Riga, Latvia3,576 contributions
Sep 2019
For a beer museum that almost everyone living in Rīga knows about, few people I know seem to have visited it. Perhaps it is the location: pretty far from the city centre on the other side of Sarkandaugava (access through the Bus No.2 at Rīga Circus, or Tram No.5 at National Operahouse from the city centre). Perhaps, the other reason not many people seem to visit, is because Aldaris has a somewhat bad reputation in Latvia ever since they were bought by Carlsberg and their beer went completely downhill as a result. Either way, it was unsurprising when we finally found the entrance (after a lengthy walk around the whole site because the entrance was not signposted at all), to get inside and immediately be presented with an enormous Carlsberg advertisement. Such is globalisation, I guess.

The girl on the front desk was friendly, and they were serving the whole Aldaris range of beer in bottles at the front desk for an even cheaper price than in most supermarkets and stores. However, we figured we would do the tour before drinking anything. The beer-making facilities were completely deserted, as was the rest of the place, which was slightly off-putting, but the receptionist handed us a tablet with the self-guide tour instructions on it, and pointed us downstairs to where it begins.

There is little information available on the tour aside from what is told to you in audioguide from the iPad, which is available in several languages. Otherwise, the tour basically consisted of a small amount at the beginning about how Aldaris was founded, and otherwise the same usual recipe for how to make beer that any brewery tour everywhere gives you; except this time interspersed with advertisements for Carlsberg.

At the end, we were given three free samples each. We had all tried the simple Aldaris, Mežpils, and Saules before, so we were allowed to upgrade to more exotic beers offered from the range. They were actually really tasty; far better than the regular bottled stuff that is sold around Latvia (which is basically Carlsberg under a different label these days - hence why they invented Mežpils in the first place, though they skip over that in the tour). This was probably the best part, and we enjoyed the "periodic table of beer" on the wall. This is probably why the tour cost €9, but for what the tour actually consisted of, the price seemed very steep, to the point of being overpriced, however.
Written November 20, 2019
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DesdinovaUK
Dover, UK715 contributions
Sep 2019
Located a faur way out of the city, to the North beside Mezaparks, but acessible via public transport (bus or tram) .

The tour cost €9 per person and is self guided in that you are given an i-pad which guides you around and explains the brewing process, ingredients etc.After that you visit the tasting room where the price includes trying 3 different beers. Beer may be purchased at a very good price.

I am pleased we visited but felt that the tour was somewaht expensive.
Written September 14, 2019
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antti_suomalainen_
Lahti, Finland24 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
We commuted over half an hour one way via public transportation to visit the beer museum which had collected a lot of praise here, only to find out it was closed when we got there. We had checked the museum's website earlier that morning and it had no information about any oddities in the open times. It was supposed to be open until 15 on saturdays and we arrived at 13.55. We got turned away by a man who only spoke latvian, who just shrugged his shoulders when we asked why it was closed. We got no apology whatsoever.
Written December 10, 2018
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Julie Van de Weyer
Berlare, Belgium14 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
As beer lovers from Belgium, this was an interesting museum to visit. We got to know everything there is to know about beer. The museum has a refreshing atmosphere and after the tour there was a tasting that was included. We got three beers per person and it was a very nice activity!
Written February 8, 2018
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Vlad Si
Riga, Latvia91 contributions
Feb 2018 • Business
It was a nice brewery some time ago, now only a place for workshops, beer shop and a museum. Business workshops are nice, lots of rooms, places for presentation, and food is also good. Sadly that beer is now brewed in EE and the production is stoped.
Cheers for Aldaris Gustavs
Written February 4, 2018
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ilona
Latvia323 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
It was as tasty and interesting as it is in the desription on their website (excellent!). What made it very special, was beer somelier Andris, who made us feeling that he is telling and showing us "a bit more" than he usually does. We also got lucky that they had a special event two months later after our visit and we got invited to visit it.
This activity recalled our memories about visited breweries in Scotland and agreed - as Aldaris is not so massively visited, they can keep that unique atmosphere and individual attitude. Well done! We will come back with guests!
Written November 29, 2017
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Sam I
8 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Went here a few months ago, great tour (we were the only ones), and lovely selection of beers to try at the end. Partner is gluten free and they helpfully provided cider at no extra cost. Would definitely recommend.
Written June 4, 2017
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Mark W
28 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Myself and my wife visited whilst in Riga. It is a little hard to find and not the biggest place. However it gives a good insight into the brewing process and you get to try the latest craft beers. There is a shop as well where you can buy beers that are not easy to find in the shops.
Written August 27, 2016
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Ulf R
25 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We were lucky (or clever enough?) to visit the Aldaris brewery and beer mueum on a time of day when we were just about alone, a Thursday morning. You get here very easily by taking the tram no 5 from central Riga. The museum is small and the exhibition is not very exciting, however educational and situated in a beautiful old building. Being the only visitors we could spend quite a long time with the educated guide at the tasting room, learning a lot about Latvian beer tradition as well as beer making and beer types.
The museum were recently renovated and very nice, and some of the other old buildings in the otherwise very decayed area were under renovation at the time of our visit (August 2016).
We were not able to see the brewery itself, but then again, the value of our visit was the informative discussions with the guide.
The Aldaris brewery was recently a volume producer of German style lager beer with some 300 employees, but is transformed into a craft brewery with 35 employees after the Carlsberg group Took over a couple of years ago. Please try some of their beer when in Latvia!
Written August 12, 2016
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Marta
Riga, Latvia10 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
Amazing place to visit!!!!!!! It is really modern museum. Conversant sommelier, friendly stuff and good bear! You have to visit them!
Written July 20, 2016
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  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


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