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Beer of the month: Brains SA

Our latest beer review comes from "101 gatunków piwa" (101 kinds of beers) on Legnicka 27a, located next the Młodych Techników tram stop. These guys have one of the best selections of international beers I've seen in Wrocław, including varieties from Britain, Spain, Germany, Russia and the USA.

Although it's still February,  I've decided to review a Welsh beer as a lead into Dydd Gwyl Dewi (St. David's Day), which is celebrated on the 1st of March. Wales and Poland have various connections, the most recent being that after English and Welsh, Polish is the most common language spoken in the UK.  The streets of Wales will soon be seeing parades on Dydd Gwyl Dewi, and I daresay that Poles living in Wales will get caught up in the festivities and have a few pints of this fine beer, which is produced by the country's biggest brewery.

Anyway – down to the beer: Brains SA is a light ale, a good contrast to the various stronger tasting beers brewed by the likes of Pinta that I tend to drink over here. While drinking it the word "pleasant" kept coming to my mind; it has a pleasant amber colour and a lightness that makes it go down nicely. The taste of malt is a dominant fixture, and comes with a nutty aftertaste.  As regards the texture, it would be fair to say Brains SA has a somewhat grainy feel to it.

While the beer is no doubt refreshing, it's nickname of "Skull Attack" shouldn't be taken lightly – you would feel it the next day if you had a few too many! Therefore I'd recommend it more for as a warm-up rather than a session beer.

Ian Maloy

Ian is a singing teacher who has been living in Wrocław for several years. Dobrze mówi po polsku. Ian can often be found in town eating excellent vegan/vegetarian food, drinking beer from micro-breweries, bird-watching around Lower Silesia, jogging by the Odra, lighting candles in the Russian Orthodox church and banging his head in various moshpits to Polish metal/hardcore bands.

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