Brīvais Vilnis is located on the right bank of the Salaca river, on the east cost of Riga Bay. Distance to Riga – 100 km. Back in 1949, a fisher collective farm “Brivais vilnis” was established in Salacgriva based on the decision passed by the Fishing Industry Ministry of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.I scored this large round tin and beers at Euromix Delicatessen. The happy Eastern-Euro woman who was helping told me the sardines were Russian, so I gathered a couple of Russian Beers while I was there. Upon closer inspection they are from Latvia. I wish I was packing some Latvian beers, but considering the Soviet stomped the Communist Culture into this area through WWs 1 & 2, and then continued with their Occupation until 1989, I think Russian beer will suffice our needs.
WHOA! These are Sardine Steaks, cut across the vertebrae, an inch thick!! Very different, I like it. We're having this tin with blinis, sour cream, Tsar Nicoulai golden caviar (Pioneers in Sustainable California Caviar), and minced shallot.Baltika 8 (unfiltered wheat ale (sic)) while GG prepared the blinis and I loved her from across the room. I try not to take a lemon in my weissbier but this one comes on clean and sweet, without a sourness I look for, so I sliced one up. Huge head, cloudy and light bodied with a little banana happening. This is corporate beer from St. Petersburg, but it's tasty and they have an interesting number system for their beers. 0 - 10. With the platter I had the Baltika 9 (extra lager, 8%). Meh, strong lager, should have save the 8 to go with the food.