Brewing with all heart. PG4 microbrewery
Large copper vats that shine through the glazed terrace of Central Hotel Gdańsk attract the eyes of passers-by. It’s hard not to stop and look inside. Especially in the evenings, the interior of the PG 4 Brewery looks astonishing. And it gets even better once you step inside.
The interior of the brewery is equipped with top-class German equipment that can produce up to 250,000 litres of beer a year. The equipment consists of 8 fermentation and storage tanks, and four cold liquor tanks. The magnificent brewery, pride of the owners of Central Hotel, is run by a German brewer, Johannes Herberg. It’s a man who knows his trade. He has been working as a brewer for many decades. Additionally, he was certified by the Berlin-based Versuchs und Lehranstalt fur Brauerei.
Johannes Herberg has set out to re-create the local classic, jopen beer. It’s a grand tradition of the city, a beer that was made in a very specific environment. It was also considered one of the greatest export assets of the city. Making a reference to a flavour from hundreds of years ago turned out to be a proverbial bull’s eye, although it didn’t come easy. As Johannes Herberg said, he perfected the recipe for more than 1.5 years.
But jopen beer is only one element of a broader menu, which comprises several kinds of beer. Their availability depends on the season. The offer includes the traditional, local beer, Starogdanskie (Old Gdansk Beer), which is a lager with a pronounced, hoppy flavour. Weißbier klassisch, Schwarzbier, or Pils are other beers that are available on tap.
PG4 Brewery is worth visiting not only for its beer, which is an obvious reason to give it a go, but also its amazing architecture. The former clinic has undergone a thorough renovation, and its interior has been delightfully arranged, with respect to old architectural traditions.
It’s worth noting that Johamnnes Herberg, together with the head chef of the restaurant, Przemysław Formela, co-operate to give food pairing a new meaning. Each item in the food menu has one particular beer assigned to it. Beer is added to many dishes in the restaurant. The menu includes, among others, fish soup, beer-braised pork knuckle, or pierogi (traditional Polish dumplings) in beer sauce. There are also desserts with a hint of amber liquor in them. Among them is the beeramisu, restaurant’s signature dessert.
PG4 Restaurant and Brewery is located on two stories, and offers tables, loges, bars, and a kitchen that can accommodate up to 320 guests.
Zdjęcia: Łukasz Stafiej (www.lukaszstafiej.pl)
ul. Podwale Grodzkie 4
tel. 668 215 608