In recent years the craft beer scene in Estonia has exploded. Estonian breweries are quickly setting themselves apart on the international stage due to their high-quality products and modern approach to traditional, Estonian flavours. Raise a glass and say Terviseks (cheers)!
Traditions and superstitions
Estonians have been creating their own regional fare from available local ingredients for centuries, and beer is no exception. Brewing in Estonia dates back thousands of years to when barley, wheat and rye were first cultivated there. Brewing was a common skill known by many peasants of the time. In the 19th century beer became a widely popular drink along with other fermented drinks like kali (low-alcohol root beer) and mõdu (honey mead). Brewing techniques varied place to place, adding particular herbs for flavour or observing superstitions during the process.