Below we list the top bars in Kraków for craft beer, but which local brands should you try?
Breweries & Beers from KrakówKraków is home to several brew pubs, most notably T.E.A. Time (the British one), Browar Lubicz (the modern one), and Stara Zajezdnia (the enormous one in an old tram depot), but none of their beers enjoy distribution outside their own premises. That's not the case with Pracownia Piwa, a brewery based in Modlniczka near Kraków Airport which has been in the craft beer game since 2012. Their brewery has recently been converted into a proper brew pub, with a full menu of food and drinks, and is absolutely worth the trip if you've got a vehicle; if not, their flagship pub Tap House is located right on the market square, and you'll also find their beers in shops that specialise in craft beer.
Recently, the AGH University of Science & Technology ('Akademia Górniczo-Hutniczy' or 'AGH' as it's known locally) has also gotten in on the brewing game, opening Browar Górniczo-Hutniczy (BGH) on their campus just west of the city centre in Bronowice. Offering a range of quite outstanding brews, you'll find BGH label beers in the on-site Klub Studio events venue, as well as in Klub Buda and other Kraków area pubs and shops.
In addition to Pracownia Piwa and BGH beers, if you're in a beer shop (like Regionalne Alkohole or Strefa Piwa) or multi-tap bar, keep an eye out for Brokreacja (an award-winning local brewery with their own pub on ul. Starowisłna) and Browar Stary Kraków (these pioneers of the local craft beer craze are based in Nowa Huta; their main ale 'Smocza Głowa' is available in Pierwszy Lokal).
Polish Breweries & BeersThere are literally hundreds to choose from these days, but for the top Polish microbreweries with wide national distribution, wet your whistle with beers from Pinta (who have their own pub on Floriańska), Trzech Kumpli (based nearby in Tarnów), Ale Browar, Artezan and Dr. Brew. If you want to know our personal favourite Polish breweries (though hardly the easiest to find), the current shortlist is Perun, Golem, Trzech Kumpli and Roch.
If you're a beer fanatic looking for a specific brew, or just have to know exactly what's on draught in each of Kraków's multi-tap pubs, there's actually a website and app for that: ontap.pl - further proof that Poland's beer culture is headier than ever. Na zdrowie!