This month we are reviewing Pinta's Son of a birch and I'm so horny!, CTKiR Browar Probus' Pobus Grandowa 1944, Řemeslný pivovar CLOCK's Twist and Artezan's Jam Session.
Son of a Birch, Pinta (3.0%)
This is a very drinkable beer from Pinta that impresses. Son of a Birch has a grassy, hoppy smell and tastes of hay, wheat (typical of a light rather than heavy wheat beer) and citrus. On top of that, the birch sap (something you can find in various health food shops here in Poland) adds a somewhat savoury-molasses taste with a hint of spruce. This is a wonderful summer drink, with medium carbonation and a low alcohol percentrage – ideal for drinking while sitting in meadows or in a beer garden. You'll have to be quick to get this as only 40 barrels worth of it have been made. Hopefully this limited edition will make the grade and be produced on a regular basis.
Twist (left), Pobus Grandowa 1944 (centre), Jam Session, Artezan (right)
Pobus Grandowa 1944, CTKiR Browar Probus (4.4%)
Pobus Grandowa 1944 is a Belgian style witbier produced by the brewery in Oława. This is a very nice brew with delicate aromas of ripe fruit, wheat and grass. It is slightly sweet, with notes of the added ingredients (coriander, curaceo and orange peel) all evident in the taste. The beer is slightly on the sour side and is rather bracing, with a bitter, dry finish.
Twist, Řemeslný pivovar CLOCK (6.2%)
This is an American Red IPA with a reasonably high alcohol percentage of 6.2%. Its aroma is of sour cherries and molasses. The taste very much follows suit, together with added caramel, tropical fruits, black tea and pine. As you'd expect for an IPA, there's a good bitter aftertaste to finish too.
Jam Session, Artezan (4%)
This more unorthodox effort from Browar Artezan is labelled as a Berliner Weisse with cherries. Indeed, Jam Session does have the sourness of a Berliner Weisse, though not as yeasty and sweet. The cherry flavour is there too, which adds to the sourness. Staunch fans of traditional wheat beers may not take so kindly to the lack of sweetness and wheatiness in this beer. Nevertheless, Jam Session's subtle hints of cloves and citrus are assets that will interest those who love to experiment with new tastes.
I'm So Horny!, Pinta (6.7%)
This beer is brewed in collaboration with Coffee Proficiency, a Kraków coffee-roaster shop. 'I'm So Horny' contains two coffee sorts, Adelante and Rio Azul, both made by co-operatives in Guatemala. This is classed as an Espresso Lager, but is in fact more of a Dunkelbier. The beer has a very dark colour – indeed, it's almost pitch black. Given the beer's core ingredient, you can naturally guess what it smells and tastes of. It starts off sweet and ends more bitter, with a delicate bitterness and a slight sourness notable from start to finish. I was once in a shop when I didn't want to call it by its name, so I simply pointed at it, and said "poproszę Espresso Lager". True story that. Feel free to ask for it by its true name in Marynka though 😉