Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Get You Through Christmas

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 Pleasure To Meet You, Sweet Sixteen, Sourtime Agrest, Hadra and Nomono 5.

Pleasure To Meet You, Browar Kuriozum (4.4%)

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To start us off with this year's Christmas drinking, here is a beer interestingly labelled as a "German Oatmeal Session IPA".

Pleasure To Meet You, which adorns a cloudy amber colour, is made with hops specially produced to meet the growing craft beer market in Germany. Slight notes of mint come from the Polaris hop, while a strongish fruit flavour owes itself to the Huell Melon hop. The beer's yellow Sub hops generate hints of apricot and orange, while the comet hops add a touch of bitterness and citrus.

So far, so IPA. Alhough with a relatively low alcohol content this is clearly a Session IPA. The addition of oat flakes also gives a good balance to this fascinating new brew.

Sweet Sixteen, Browar Maryensztadt (6%)

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Next up is a Milk Stout by a brewery making its debut on the Wrocław Uncut website: Browar Maryensztadt, which is based in Zwoleń in the Marsovia region.

Sweet Sixteen has a solid black colour and brown foamy head. Meanwhile the aroma features elements of coffee, milk chocolate and malts. The taste is likewise, although the sweetness is somewhat understated, with the dryness of the coffee and malts blending well with lactose elements. To finish, the beer has a dry, hoppy aftertaste.

With a somewhat grainy texture, this Milk Stout will gracefully sink down your neck after a few good portions of Christmas food.

Sourtime Agrest, Browar Maryensztadt (3.8%)

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Our third beer is another effort from Maryensztadt, only this time we have ourselves a Sour Ale.

Sourtime Agrest has a hazy golden colour and a white foam head. Its aroma is of gooseberries (the beer does have agrest in its name, after all) and yeast. The taste follows suit, with added notes of kiwi. On top of that, the citra hops give off hints of lemon, lime and a medium level of bitterness.

WIth a light body and medium carbonation, plus a prevelant taste of gooseberries, Sourtime Agrest is a satisfyingly refreshing and tart beer.

Hadra, Pracownia Piwa (5.9%)

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This is an American Indian Pale Ale from craft beer veterans Pracownia Piwa.

Hadra has a light yellow colour and a frothy white head, while the aroma includes notes of orange zest, pine and citrus. The beer's orange, grapefruit, sour cherry and citrus flavours make this AIPA evidently fruity, something that's balanced by the beer's high level bitterness and strong dryness.

A full-bodied beer with fruity flavours and a slightly oily texture; all in all a solid AIPA

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Nomono 5, Browar Solipiwko (7%)

Finally, here is an Imperial Indian Pale Ale from Browar Solipiwko.

Nomono has a cloudy amber colour, plus aromas of citrus, grapefruit and a touch of apple. The same is true of the beer's flavour, with the sourness of the aforementioned fruits mixing with hints of the sweetness of tropical fruit and peach. Malt is also present in the mix.

At 7% alcohol, it must be noted that this is a strongly alcoholic beer. That said, Nomono is full of flavour and would be ideal for a reflective drink in a warm place with dimmed lighting, an atmosphere that would be conducive to savouring its flavours.

Love pizza and beer? From Monday-Saturday you can enjoy Happy Little Truck's renowned pizza in the comfort of Marynka Piwo i Apertivo's interior. On Wednesdays you can also take advantage of the weekly promotion, which allows you to buy a selected large draft beer for the price of a small one!

Whether you are one of our loyal regular readers or are reading Piwo Uncut for the first time, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a new year full of flavour.

About Ian Maloy

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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