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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers to Try in April

Welcome to this April edition of 'Piwo Uncut'. In order to bring you reviews of the most interesting and flavour packed beers currently on the go, we've teamed up with Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo, the city's best venue for craft beer and quality tapas. Each month we visit Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo to sample the latest and greatest craft beer offerings from Poland.

This month we're reviewing Kingpin's Lunatic, Browar Regionalne Wąsosz' Perun Złoty Strzal, Browar Profesja's Profesja Bursztynnik, Piwne Podziemie's Mały Conieco and Browar Brodacz's Bez Sensu.

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From left to right: Kingpin, Lunatic / Perun Złoty Strzał, Browary Regionalne Wąsosz / Profesja Bursztynnik, Browar Profesja

Kingpin, Lunatic (5.2%)

This beer by the up-and-coming Kingpin brewery (based in Poznań) is in my opinion one of the top Polish breweries producing experimental beers right now. This grilled lemon and pomegranate witbier has a hazy straw colour and an aroma of citrus and yeast. Lunatic's taste is one of citrus, hops (cascade and simcoe), coriander (as befits a witbier) and orange zest (though not overly of pomegranate strangely enough). To finish, the aftertaste is slightly bitter. All in all, this is a simple, refreshing hoppy beer, helped by the fact that it's ever so slightly carbonated.

Perun Złoty Strzał, Browary Regionalne Wąsosz (8.4%)

You may have noticed more and more beers appearing from the Wąsosz brewery (we first reviewed a beer by them last November). Here we have another one in the shape of Perun Złoty Strzał – an Imperial/Double IPA.  Perun Złoty Strzał has an amber colour and smells of grapefruit, ripe tropical fruits and herbs.  It tastes likewise, though with a more pronounced hoppy taste.  This beer has a rich flavour, is warming and has a good combination of tastes.  Also worthy of note is the fact Perun Złoty Strzał feels rather lighter than one would expect for a beer with 8.4% alcohol.

Profesja Bursztynnik, Browar Profesja (5.5%)

Browar Profesja is one of Wrocław's newest breweries, based on ul. Kwidzyńska on the north western side of the Odra.  This amber ale has a musty, grassy, cellar smell with hints of caramel.  Its taste is mild in its bitterness and also boasts some citrus with notes of caramel.  While Profesja Bursztynnik is not particularly noteworthy, its characteristics mean it would go well with a fish based meal. With this brewery still very much in its youth, we can also expect more from them in the future.

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Bez Sensu, Browar Bradacz (left) / Małe Conieco, Piwne Podziemie (right)

Małe Conieco, Piwne Podziemie (6.5%)

This brewery, based in Chełm (in the east of Poland) has brewed this fine wheat IPA.  It smells of peach and mandarin, with hints of vanilla in there too. It has a dry, mildly bitter taste, that also has hints of wheat and citrus. Małe Conieco features a mix of many hops – but they are not overpowering, making it a recommendable session beer.

Bez Sensu, Browar Bradacz (5.5)

The Bradacz brewery, based in Sopot, has produced a beer that will in my opinion receive a mixed reception. It is an elderberry saison, which are typically fruity, spicy and have an alcohol percentage around the 7% mark. Bez Sensu has a relatively lower alcohol percentage and, to quote Monty Python, "smells of elderberries". Not everyone will be a fan of this beer, some will want a stronger taste of both elements, with a sharper contrast between the tartness of the berries (this beer does have a tarty aftertaste that settles on the tongue) and the spiciness. I found it however to be a quite decent beer; it's fairly light and would serve as a good contrast to the more bitter and citrusy beers on the market.

Please note that as Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo regularly change their beers on tap, the five 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 helpful and knowledgeable staff for an alternative.  Mondays sees bottled beers being sold with a two złoty reduction, while beers on tap are two złoty cheaper on Thursdays.

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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