Beer is thought to have been brewed by Lithuanians as early as 11th century but it gained popularity in the 16th century. Pagan Lithuanians believed in Beer God Ragutis, who protected crops, hops, and brewing process.
Every resident of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania had the right to produce beer for his own needs, and the National Statute of that time protected the hop fields. Beer brewer was an important and necessary profession as this drink was an integral part of all family and community festivities.
The secrets of brewing were passed on from generation to generation. The best brewers of the country are settled in the Central and Northern Lithuania.