A Tale of New Ales - Warsaw’s Burgeoning Beer Renaissance

more than a year ago

2013 can officially be declared as having been the ‘Year of Beer’ in Poland. And not just any old beer - damn good micro-brewed craft beers and ales made in small batches by dozens of small breweries, then shipped in bottles or kegs and pumped, poured and pounded in sleek new multi-tap bars, ale dens and beer pubs all over Poland. Warsaw has been in the vanguard of this renaissance and a whole cache of new bars have opened their doors in the past year offering a wide variety of sultry suds to a rapidly expanding community of beer enthusiasts.

So what’s the fuss all about? Less think and more drink. Go check out the three-storey Cud na Kija, which holds the honorable title of being the first multi-tap bar in Warsaw. Saunter up to their swanky 16-tap bar and partake in a brew or two. If this doesn’t convince you, head over to the laid-back Kufle i Kapsle and grab a savoury snack with the latest pimped out porter to arrive from the provinces. Still not a convert? Wander into the newly opened Piw Paw and stand in awe of their 57 taps and over 200 bottles - 90% of which are all Polish! Names of award-winning Polish breweries such as Ale Browar, Pinta, Kormoran, Artezan, Pracownia Piwa, Ursa and Ciechan crowd the taps and fill the fridges of all three of these new multi-tap bars. Much of the beers brewed by these young upstarts are inspired by Belgian, British, Czech and American pale ales, wheat beers and stouts. However, many are also producing uniquely Polish beers made from locally sourced ingredients and, in some cases, they are reviving centuries-old recipes.


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