An artists impression of Carlsbergs Švyturys Brewery, which is due to be completed at the end of this year

An artist's impression of Carlsberg's Švyturys Brewery, which is due to be completed at the end of this year

Carlsberg is to launch a range of small-batch beers in Lithuania through a fresh tie-up with Brooklyn Brewery.

The Danish brewer, which is already working with Brooklyn Brewery on a number of projects in Europe and Asia, said today it will establish a new brewery in Klaipeda, on the Baltic state's west coast. The brewery will be at the site of Carlsberg's Švyturys Brewery.

Carlsberg said it will collaborate with Brooklyn to create a range of "small-batch classic and experimental beers". The new range is scheduled to launch at the end of this year after completion of the new Švyturys Brewery building.

Rolandas Viršilas, CEO of the Carlsberg-owned Lithuanian unit Švyturys-Utenos Alus, said consumers in the country are becoming more diverse in their tastes. "The partnership with Brooklyn Brewery will allow us to satisfy this growing demand by offering numerous new, exclusive and experimental beers," Viršilas said.

The brewery is the latest collaboration between Carlsberg and Brookyln, in which Kirin owns a near 25% stake. Earlier this month the companies said they would operate London Fields as a joint venture after Carlsberg bought the East London craft brewery. A week earlier, Carlsberg and Brookyln confirmed the launch of a new craft beer, created specifically for Hong Kong.

Carlsberg already brews Brooklyn's draught Brooklyn Lager under licence at its brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden, and distributes the New York City-based company's beers in the UK.

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