Alivaryja Beer Brewery
One of Minsk's oldest landmarks, Alivaryja brewery is located close to the city center. It was founded as far back as in 1864, but its first brick building was constructed 30 years later when the brewery was owned by the-then Mayor of Minsk, Count Karol Czapski. The first authentic buildings are still here today and can be spotted from Bahdanoviča and Kisialiova streets. The brewery has undergone numerous reconstructions. During the latest reconstruction, builders found the German inscription BRAUEREI MINSK on the authentic red-brick walls – the evidence that the brewery continued to operate during the 1941-44 occupation by the Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, Alivaryja has recently shut down its beer pubs at the brewery, turning them into the Beer Museum. Sightseeing tours can be booked online. Fee: BYR 100.000, approx. 10$.
Alivaryja is not the only brewery in Minsk. Krynica brewery in Radyjalnaja street was founded in 1977. Several small-size private breweries are also operating in Minsk.