Where would you find the most delicious beer…?
Natural, with a familiar taste, or with a twist of flavor, brewed by true aficionados. Such is beer brewed in Pomorskie. For several years now we have been witnessing a genuine (r)evolution of beer. Alongside the well-known, corporate lagers, more and more craft beers are beginning to unveil, available at selected venues: those that want to put their two pints into creating the brewing culture.
Pomorskie has had a brewing tradition that dates back many centuries. Gdańsk, Chojnice, Tczew – there were literally hundreds of craft breweries functioning across Pomorskie region. Danziger Joppenbier, a specialty of Gdańsk, was exported throughout entire Europe. Historical records show that an average inhabitant of Pomorskie consumed up to 120 liters of beer annually. There was even a functioning Brewers’ Guild in Gdańsk, which gave the brewing industry proper esteem.
Until a few years ago, it was mainly corporate, mass-produced beers that made it to the mainstream. They were produced by the industry’s main players. The offer was limited mainly to lager beer, which is a beer obtained through cool-fermenting process. It is still one of the most often selected kinds of beer. However, throughout last couple of years, it has gained prominent competition, with craft breweries slowly taking their place on the market, with their original approach to the topic. Such small breweries aren’t afraid of experiments, they seek new, exciting flavors, and are in the loop with what is going on in the industry all around the world.
Browar Gościszewo is has been one of the first in Poland to attempt refermentation, and one of the first to introduce unfiltered beer. Weizen that is brewed in Gościszewo is based on orange peel, which infuses it with unique aroma and is responsible for its one-off flavor. The brewery opened in 1991 and has functioned ever since, becoming one of the landmarks of brewery in Pomorskie.
Fans of craft beers
Craft breweries have become increasingly popular over the past several years. They are different from mass-produced beers in that they are… unpredictable. Craft brewers aren’t afraid of a good challenge, and can experiment, making their brews different from one another, even in one category. Consumers love a good challenge, hence the popularity of such local brands as Ale Browar or Browar Brodacz.
On the other hand, beers brewed in restaurant breweries have gained wide audience. Brewed on the spot, paired by waiters with particular meals, such beers become an additional tourist magnet that particularly attracts beer aficionados.
Upon your visit in Hotel Gdańsk, near Gdańsk marina, take your time to visit Brovarnia Gdańsk. It is part of the hotel, and beer brewed according to historical Gdańsk recipes is its main treat. Light beer, dark beer, wheat beer, and special beer, such as smoked or chocolate beers, make Brovarnia an obligatory stop on the beer route of Pomorskie.
It is not, however, the only one. Going to Kaszuby, be certain to visit Stary Browar Kościerzyna. Not only will it allow you to taste their exquisite cuisine, but also – as the name would suggest – excellent beer. It is brewed using Polish hops, and water from local intake. A visit to the restaurant allows to admire enormous fermentation tanks used in beer production process.
From some time now, experts have been using the term “high culture of drinking”. It’s nothing else, but savoring the taste of excellent beer, exploring new flavors, and expanding one’s horizons. Beer aficionados meet at various conventions that are organized all around Poland (including Gdańsk).
Craft, and restaurant breweries are an excellent example of how diverse the popular idea of slow food, meaning eating healthy and without haste, is. It has been successfully incorporated into brewing industry, providing beer enthusiast with wide range of unique flavors.