Brewery Tours & Pub Lech Browary Wielkopolski
The Poznań Brewery - one of the largest in PL, and producers of Lech, Tyskie, Żubr, and Redds - lies on the outskirts of the city and is a must for beer aficionados. There is no minimum number of people required for a tour, so you can happily book by yourself, but they do ask that you make an appointment the day before, or at very least on the morning of your planned visit. Despite this, our unannounced arrival presented no significant problems, other than having to wait half an hour in the bar (our preferred habitat) while a guide was rustled up.The two-hour tour, available in English and German, is both informative and thorough, and guided by employees of the brewery chosen for their experience and interest in the brewing process. The brewery itself, dating from 1980, is fairly impressive and thoroughly modern. The first hour of the tour consists of a waltz through the production process, fermentation and mashing, as well as the usual guff about water purity and the like. The most striking thing about the production plant is the lack of humans and the sheer amount of sparkling steel and technology. For your second hour you’ll be whisked off to an exhibition detailing the history of Wielkopolska breweries. Later, have your photo taken inside a huge can of Lech, which you can then instantly email to all of your friends, or get involved in the bottling process which is guaranteed to bring out the child engineer in everyone. The tour finishes with a well-earned beer, which you can choose from their portfolio of brands, and you of course exit through the gift shop.
To get to the brewery take tram 16 from ‘Most Teatralny’ or 18 from 'Most Dworcowy' to 'Szwajcarska' and you can’t miss the brewery opposite the M1 shopping centre, as it has three huge towers draped in bright green Lech flags. Alternatively a taxi ride from the centre will set you back about 25zł.