Latvia ‘s oldest beer master Kārlis Zālītis / Diena has passed away

Zālītis died on December 29, 2021 at the age of 95. His removal is scheduled for 2 pm today from Charlotte’s cemetery in Bauska.

The municipality points out that Zālītis has associated his entire working life with brewing and is one of the most outstanding aldars in the history of Latvia. He has been the manager of the Bauskas alus brewery since 1981, when the company’s production process began.

In 2001, Zālītis received the highest state award – the Order of the Three Stars of the fifth class, while in 2006 the highest award of the Ministry of Agriculture – the silver medal “For Dedication” and the highest award of Bauska municipality for long-term contribution to economic development and promotion of Bauska name. In 2012, he was also awarded the Bauska Municipality Award “Lifetime Investment”.

The archives of the agency LETA show that Zālītis graduated from the current Faculty of Food Industry Technology of the Latvia University of Agriculture, worked in the liqueur and vodka factory, Brewery No.2, which was later renamed “Riga”. He has also worked at the Ilguciems brewery as the manager of the malt extract shop, as the manager of the brewery, and has developed recipes for the drink “Veselība” and “Senču alus”.

He has also set up a brewery in Tērvete, creating a recipe for “Tērvete beer”.

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