It is thought that beer has a history in Latvia which began at least 1000 years ago. The first written sources attribute the arrival of beer in the territory to the appearance of the Crusaders during the 13th and 14th century AD, but the texts speak to a brewing culture that was already there and probably had been there for a long time. There is reason to believe, therefore, that people were brewing beer in Latvia for several centuries before the Germans turned up. The most comparable beverage to beer that was produced initially was made of fermented honey. It was drunk with various grasses or berries. As agriculture developed, grain was added to the mix. This might suggest that the first beer was classically made of barley, but the ancient Curonians first relied on wheat. Instead of hops, the early beer contained things that we would consider today to be herbal teas – yarrow, St John’s wort, marsh Labrador, etc. The brewing technologies have been developed since then, to be have populated the Lagzdiena hillfort and had Scandinavian travellers visiting it because of its strategic location. Piltene Parish GPS Lat: 57.1653529, Lon: 21.7625713 16. 17. sure, but beer remains traditional in Latvian traditions and on holiday tables. Enjoy a glass at one of Latvia’s most outstanding breweries. Užava brews its beer in the traditional manner and with just four ingredients – water, barley malt, yeast and hops. While there, make sure to visit the Užava lighthouse, from which you can get one of the most impressive views available of the coast of the Baltic Sea.