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 pizza.
Each month we visit Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo to sample the latest and greatest craft beer offerings from Poland and beyond.
This month we're reviewing Viva Śliwa, Otwarcie Sezonu, Expresso do Dublina, Łódka and Nebir.
From left to right: Viva Śliwa, Expresso do Dublina and Otwarcie Sezonu
Viva Śliwa, Browar Nepomucen i Browar Pinta (3.9%)
To start with, here's a modern version of an old Polish beer (Grodziskie), which was first brewed in Grodzisk in the 14th/15th century.
A light yellow colour and white head is typical of such a beer, as is its clear aroma of smoked oak – an element very much present in its taste. Indeed, it even tastes like the plums have been heavily smoked with oak and then added to the brewing process. It reminds me of the compote drunk on Christmas Eve in Poland. Viva Śliwa isn't entirely dominated by plums though; it does have a mild hop bitterness and dryness lurking behind the smoked plum taste.
This is a specialist, historical Polish beer that is one for craft beer enthusiasts wishing to try something new.
Otwarcie Sezonu, Browar Trzech Kumpli (5.7%)
Here is a saison from a brewery close to Tarnów in the south east of Poland.
With a cloudy amber colour, this beer has an aroma of cloves and fresh green fruit, both of which are present in its taste, together with notes of wheat and the sweetness of banana, orange and peaches. Its aftertaste is of cloves as well as bitter tea.
All of those flavours, on top of Otwarcie Sezonu's light body and dry finish, culminates to produce a typical saison worth supping slowly as we reflect on the summer past.
Expresso do Dublina, Browar Bazyliszek (5.4%)
Next up is a stout with added coffee from Varsovian brewery Browar Bazyliszek.
It looks like a good stout should, with a black colour as well as a mild frothy head. The beer's aroma is of malt and brown bread. When it comes to the flavour, Expresso do Dublina is rather malty with a touch of cocoa. The taste of coffee is however surprisingly mild – indeed, it is milder than other stouts that are not labelled as "espresso stouts".
All in all, this is a mellow affair that is far from the famous Irish stouts hinted at in its title. Still, this beer could appeal to those who fancy a stout with a mild body that is less intense.
Łódka, Browar Piwoteka (4.3%)
There is an avalanche of Pale Ales available at the moment, but here we have something interestingly labelled as a "Polish Pale Ale" .
This is indeed largely a Polish affair, with Pilzneński malt and Marynka and Lubelski hops, giving the beer an aroma of magnola and lavender with a dry, herby pilsner-esque taste. On top of that, Yeast Safale US-05 from America gives Łódka a crisp palate and a mild buttery taste.
Łódka may be a far cry from the standard bitter and citrus flavours of other pale ales, however this isn't a bad thing at all. The beer is undoubtedly tasty and brings some genuine diversity into the pale ale market.
Nebir, Browar Nepomucen and Browar Birbant (5.9%)
Finally, here's a Tropical Weißbier.
Nebir smells of mango, citrus and cloves, flavours that are also present in its taste, where pineapple and banana play a role too. At the same time, yeast phenols cement a clove taste as well as the expected flavour of wheat.
This Tropical Weißbier is a well balanced, simple and uncomplicated beer that seems to be the result of a good old fashioned, no-nonsense approach.
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