Welcome to 'Piwo Uncut' – Wroclaw Uncut's series of articles dedicated to craft beer! In order to bring you reviews of the most interesting and flavour packed beers currently on the go, we've teamed up with Kontynuacja, the city's number one craft beer venue. Each month we'll be visiting Kontynuacja to sample the latest and greatest craft beer offerings from Poland and beyond.
This month's new beers:
Smoked Craców, Pracownia Piwa (2.4%)
Smoked Craców, from the Pracownia Piwa brewery close to Kraków, is a light beer (in both look and taste) that carries a pleasantly delicate smokey flavour. Unlike other smoked beers doing the rounds, Smoked Craców has a rather mild taste that is nevertheless bracing with a bitter aftertaste – thankfully one that isn't overpowering.
Crack, Pracownia Piwa (4.7%)
Another beer from the Pracownia Piwa brewery, this is a stout with a dark black colour. Crack both smells and tastes of coffee, with hints of chocolate and citrus in their too. Despite this, it has a dry taste and a thin palate.
Bobby, Pracownia Piwa (3.5%)
Our last from this promising brewery in today's article, this Scottish Ale has a nice frothy white head, and boasts a reddish/velvet colour with a subtle taste of herbs, malts, chocolate and coffee. It's light alcohol makes it an excellent session beer.
Das IPA, Pinta (5.0%)
IPA beers have been flooding the market over the past few years, and in Das IPA, the ever-reliable Pinta brewery have produced yet another interesting variety. The hops are from Germany, hence the name. Its taste embodies the sourness of a standard IPA, plus the characteristics of a light-ale – a slight sweetness and bitter aftertaste. The fact this beer is not overly sour makes it an ideal IPA for those who who find the likes of Atak Chmielu too hoppy.
Czarna Dziura, Pinta (4.2%)
Even before drinking this beer I had a good impression due to its thick black colour and creamy white head. This is a Schwarzbier, possibly Poland's finest. For a Schwarzbeer it is surprisingly light, with notes of toffee, dark bread and a good bitterness. It is slightly sweet, with a satisfying malty aftertaste.
Eskulap, Ursa Major (4.5%)
This is a beer from an international brewery, which has its Polish site in the deep south-east. Eskulap is a sweet oatmeal stout with a thick black colour, low carbonation and a clear white head that goes quickly. It looks a bit like cola and has a milky, sweetish, caramel taste.
Stay tuned for our next edition of 'Piwo Uncut' in May, when we'll be bringing you reviews of yet more craft beers on tap at Kontynuacja.
Please note that as Kontynuacja regularly change their beers on tap, the four options above may not be available at the present moment. There may well be similar styled beers to the ones listed above however, so don't hesitate to ask the staff for an alternative.