“Taruškų” Brewery

When Darius Vizbaras – the founding father of “Taruškų” brewery – sent out his people to gather him some cannabis, he could never have guessed that the production of a humble Lithuanian village would one day be so efficiently advertised by the high bureaucrats of the capital.

It so happened that the roasted hemp seeds were used in the production of the experimental “Kanapių” (Cannabis) beer. Having won the hearts of the locals, the beer started circulating across the beloved motherland until…and this is so cliché…the bureaucrats decided to ban it. That was a lot of fun. Today – thanks to the efforts of the state officials – it is more popular than ever before. That’s the brief story of the scandalous Taruškų “Cannabis” beer with the taste of roasted nuts and the color of dark Baltic amber.

Founded at the turn of the millennium, “Taruškų” brewery is located near the city of Panevėžys in a picturesque Juosta river region, Trakiškis village. In the beginning the above-named founding father, a true master of beer technologies dreamed of something rather different from the current reputation of a chic beer trendsetter. Mr. Vizbaras had another objective in mind – a strong leadership in the production of natural, traditional Lithuanian beer.

The ambition was fulfilled by “Kanapinis” beer, by now an insanely popular choice when introducing foreigners to Lithuanian beers. For proof one only has to visit the “Bambalynė” beer cellar in the old town of Vilnius. “Kanapinis” is used here daily as a key to unlock the friendship of the nations of the world.

“Kanapinis” started out in the city of Panevėžys in the legendary caffè by the name of “Krantolis”. Having also conquered the sympathies of wasted hipsters in local music festivals, “Kanapinis” then excelled as a fine export good as well. Oh…and let’s not forget that “Kanapinis” comes in two types, pale and dark.

The brewery also produces “Ruginis”, “Ainių” and “Porter” is beers. Glug Glug, what a taste!

Taruškų Bravoras – Your Chic Beer Trendsetter

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”

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%

“Rye” beer

During the beer boiling the rye malt which gives the characteristic fresh taste is used and the top-fermenting yeasts allow to disclose a soft vanilla and clove aroma.

Alk. 5,2%

“Hemp” beer

This is an excellent, well-balanced gold-coloured beer with and significant nuts aroma. Toasted hemp seeds help to disclose the full malt savour.

Alk. 5,0%

Lager beer of “I.O. Boiko”

This is the beer with the brand of culinary heritage. Its boiling was launched in Aukštaitija region (Lithuania) in the past century following the German I.O. Boiko recipe. The beer is enriched with the rye malt and is distinguished from other types of beer by completely individual and unique taste.

Alk. 5,0%


Thick and sweet. Beer of lager type featuring malt character. Strong and expressive taste of this semi-dark beer is imparted by special production technology, caramel malt and hops.

Alk. 5,9%


Light beer of “Ale” type with exclusive yeast, imparting the distinctive yeast taste and aroma characterising this particular type of beer. This is an attempt to revive the aged Lithuanian brewing traditions and, therefore, top-fermenting yeast, light rye malt and traditional hops were used.

Alk. 5,0%


The beer is brewed in accordance with the “Baltic Porter” traditions, for production of which as many as 4 different malts are used. The different malts give the beer a complex flavour that manifests by mild overtones of coffee and tobacco flavour. The maturation of this beer takes up to 90 days. The long maturation time allows the revelation of special character and taste of this beer.

Alk. 6,0%