Saint Arnulf of Metz, a Frankish bishop of Metz and advisor to the Merovingian court of Austrasia, is best known as the patron of brewers. His feast, also known as the Brewers Day, is celebrated all around the world on July 18 – the legend says an American journalist Jay Brooks started the tradition. There are a couple of chances to celebrate in Kaunas, a city which is home for a handful of breweries of various sizes.
Those who prefer smaller batches and close contact will gather in Vingiu Dubingiu, the go-to craft drinks pub and bottle shop on A. Mickevičiaus street: “We will celebrate and appreciate the brewing at its best. With those who are brewing and by brewing. Together with Simonas from Dundulis and Richard from Pilsots Brewery, we will brew anciently with hot stones. The final step, fermenting, will be started with the yeast from iconic home brewer Simonaitis. Drinks only from Lithuanian breweries will be on draught, and a food truck will be operating at our garden.” The event kicks off at 4 pm. More info here.
Volfas Engelman, currently the oldest and largest brewery in Kaunas, is throwing together for a massive event for this occasion. A parade will march through the streets of Kaunas before opening the gates of the brewery located right in front of the Kaunas Railway Station. There’ll be guided tours inside the premises, as well as an open-air music programme with performances by local pop stars Egidijus Sipavičius and Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio dantys. Free of charge, starting 5 pm. More info here.
Yet another local company called Genys Brewing Co. is not throwing anything official on July 18. Nevertheless, you’re welcome to visit their taproom conveniently located on Laisvės alėja (and facing Soboras!), check out their newest brews, and make Saint Arnulf of Metz happy.