Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Mak, Mak! Beers, drinks, & pagans in Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuania was the last European nation to convert to Christianity. Of this, Lithuanians are not abashed. Many customs age-old remain, if latter-day filtered.

These video-tours come from comedian Zane Lamprey. He toured Vilnius —the capital city of Lithuania— in search of its drinking customs.

Lamprey found them: a pedal-powered mobile beer bar, a 19 year old brewer, Austijia (sp?)—a bodacious pagan goddess of hops, Ragutis —a well-endowed pagan god of brewers, and "Mak, mak" —a phrase you're apparently supposed to repeat when downing shot glasses of distilled roots and bark.

Part 1

Part 2

  • I was alerted to this series by Lithuanian blogger Tikrus Alus (translated as real ale). As the author says:
    Do you drink English? Yes we do that too. Currently almost all posts are in Lithuanian but most of them have short English summaries at the bottom of the post.

  • For more from YFGF:

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