A. Le Coq Beer Museum

Tartu, Estonia

Tartu is the birthplace of Estonian beer industry and has been a beer town for nearly a thousand years. In order to perpetuate the history of industrial brewing, the Beer Museum was opened on July 1, 2003. The Beer Museum is located on the territory of A. Le Coq in a malt tower, built in 1898. The museum is located on six floors and the total number of exhibits amounts to approximately 2000. The exhibition explains brewing traditions worldwide and in Estonia, starting from the ancient Egyptian beer culture until the present times. You can see both, the homebrew making tools and old industrial beer equipment.

Naturally, the museum also includes beer corks, bottles, jars and barrels. The museum exhibits speak of the students’ beer-drinking traditions; we have also displayed the prizes and awards from various global exhibitions. All museum visits are concluded in the museum pub, where the visitors have a chance to taste drinks produced by A. Le Coq. Upon special request, tours can be arranged to the production facilities.

Reference: A. Le Coq Brewery


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Founded: 2003
Category: Museums in Estonia
Historical period: New Independency (Estonia)

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Irina Orekhova (20 months ago)
Old history and modern factory together + drinks!
Karl Eerik Rodin (20 months ago)
Two hours full of knolege and history about Beer production in Tartu. Pluss the best view over Tartu city. Product tasting included.
Argo Hein (21 months ago)
Only guided tours at the moment, one can't just step in randomly, but the tours also go through some production departments (brewhouse, fermentation, glass line, PET line). Museum is in the old malting tower which equipment is also displayed with all kind of other machines from different eras of beer production. And of course there is a drink waiting at the end of each tour.
Margus Rebane (2 years ago)
A bit pricey for the content. Took about 1 hour and 30 minutes including the pub where you can order one product. 10 EUR for the ticket but I personally think 5 EUR for content. As Estonian I think it should be Estonian by default and other languages by addition if necessary. Instead it started with conversation if it should be only english (85% of the group was Estonian speaking people). Good enough we had good guides. First one spoke mixed English, Russian and Estonian and other one English and Estonian. Overall a bit quick tour and we did not had much time to read much written guide on the wall. Overall interesting tour. Not sure I would recommend it if you know a bit about the beer and how it is brewed.
O Z (2 years ago)
A bit hard to find following the map, but once you do it’s amazing. The excursion starts from the beer shop. The museum head tales you through the working facility first and then shows the historical part. At the end you can chose one of their products to drink, not necessarily beer, while watching a movie about the factory.
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