Biržai region has been known as the capital of Lithuanian brewers. Beer has been produced here for many centuries. There are more than 4 breweries in Biržai region and the people have deep beer drinking traditions here. No festival or family parties start and end without dark, rich and strong beer with a slight sweet taste that usually deceives guests thinking that the beer is very light. Unfortunately they find themselves ending the party too early…If you have never visited Lithuania it is worth to come here and see the holy and warm people of Biržai region and drink a nice glass of good traditional beer. Cheers!
Brewery Rinkuškiai was established in the year 1991 in Biržai region known as Beer Country in Lithuania. The owners of the brewery – Rimantas Čygas, Petras Kalkys and Sigitas Kalkys are proud of a strong company that has been constantly growing in the market. The brewery stands No5 in the market right after 4 largest breweries in Lithuania and holds 4 percent of the market share.
The Baltika factory in St Petersburg was constructed in accordance with a design prepared by the Gipropishcheprom-2 Institute. It was planned as one of the breweries within Lenpivo, the Leningrad Association of the Beer Brewing and Nonalcoholic Beverages Industry.
Construction of the new factory began in 1978. The state enterprise Baltika Brewery was formed in 1990 right after completion of the construction work.
The first shipment of just 27,000 litres of beer was brought to market in November, 1990. The Baltika brand did not yet exist. Instead the plant produced beer under the widespread trademarks of the time: Zhigulevskoye, Rizhskoye, Admiralteiskoye and Prazdnichnoye.
In1992 the enterprise embarked on privatisation. During this process the Company was reorganised into an Open Joint-Stock Company. The shareholders of Baltika at the time were 28 legal entities and more than 2,000 private individuals.
At about this time, the idea arose to create a proprietary "Baltika" brand. From the very beginning, Baltika beer was exclusively conceived as a beer of the very highest European quality brewed according to classical technology. In order to fulfill this task, the factory management developed its first investment programme for the reconstruction and development of the enterprise.
Following the implementation of the reconstruction programme, Baltika became the first brewery in Russia equipped with the most modern European equipment. The Company began its regional expansion in 1997, when it created its own holding company and purchased a controlling interest in the Donskoye Pivo factory in Rostov-on-Don. In October 2000 it took control of the Tula brewery. Baltika specialists developed an investment programme directed at increasing the capacity of the purchased factories and replacing outdated equipment. Moreover, beginning in 1998 Baltika created a network of sales subdivisions in the regions.
In this way the former name "Baltika Brewery" ceased to describe the scope of the company. Therefore, in 1998 the shareholders approved the decision of the Board of Directors to rename the enterprise, and its full name became "Baltika Breweries."