The Polish beer industry sadly experienced a significant drop in the 19th and 20th centuries, prompting the flooding of vodka into the market as a cheap reliable alternative to the unimpressive beers that were being churned out of state-owned breweries. However, following democratic change and a conversion to capitalism in 1989, the industry was reinvigorated by possibilities coming from the west and, after 30-odd years, beer has finally returned to its reigning position. Combining a rich brewing tradition with Wrocław's young, creative environment has made the city the ideal spot to sample craft beer in Poland.
Local Breweries & Beer from WrocławAs craft beer culture has exploded in Poland in the past 10 years, today there's healthy competition between the city's modern microbreweries and numerous craft beer pubs for who draws in the biggest crowds (not who can put the most heads on stakes). When it comes to local beer, here are the most important names you need to know (and try): Browar Stu Mostów - an excellent award-winning brewery/brewpub just over the Warszawski Bridge; Doctor Brew - a local brewery whose flagship pub Doctor's Bar can be found on ul. Św. Mikołajska; also keep your eyes peeled for beers by Widawa Brewery, located just east of Wrocław. Of course Wrocław has several other microbreweries (and we list them all here), including three right on the market square: Browar Złoty Pies, Bierhalle (with franchises around PL), and the famous Spiż Brewery - known perhaps more for its beer garden than the quality of its beer.
No matter where you are in Wrocław, you won't have to look far to find delicious Polish craft beer. Below we list the city's most notable multitap bars and craft beer culture spots. If you're a beer fanatic looking for a specific brew, or just have to know exactly what's on draught in each of Wrocław's multitap 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!