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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This Majówka

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 Salamander Strawberry Milkshake IPARoch PilsGolden SunsetPinta Sangriale and Ziemia Obiecana Arnold.

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Salamander Strawberry Milkshake IPA, Browar Stu Mostów (5.9%)

Wrocław's own Stu Mostów, who brewed the best beer in the world of 2016, have produced this interestingly titled beer.

Salamander Strawberry Milkshake IPA has a cloudy dark pink-amber colour and a white head that remains till the end. Its aroma is of strawberry, citrus and lactose. Strawberry purée is present in its taste, though the medium bitterness of the hops, plus hints of other fruit and a milkshake base, means the strawberrries don't dominate. If anything, a certain dryness pervades the flavour of this beer.

Stu Mostów is one of the breweries in Poland that consistently produces high quality beer, and this is no exception; one to refresh one's palate on an early summer's evening.

Roch Pils, Browar Roch (5%)

Browar Roch mark their debut on the Piwo Uncut pages today. They're based in deepest Lower Silesia in a village on the edge of a forest.

Roch Pils has a yellow colour and an abundant white head. Its aroma is of yeast, malt and hops. The taste comprises of an interplay between malts and caramel on one side and mildly bitter hops on the other. This mixes well with the beer's earthy and herbal notes, somewhat like a Czech pils.

It's good to see more Lower Silesian breweries like Browar Roch making flavoursome pils; hopefully we'll sample a few more at Marynka in the near future.

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Golden Sunset, Browar Kuriozum (6.5%)

This is a West Coast Wheat IPA from Małopolska based brewers Browar Kuriozum.

The aptly named Golden Sunset has a golden colour and a white head, while it smells like hops and summer fruit. Brewed with the standard IPA hops of Cascade, Simcoe and Citra, it has an expected bitter and citrusy flavour to it. Golden Sunset was also brewed with Ekuanot, a relatively new hop (produced from 2014) which adds fruity and slightly herbal elements to this beer. The wheat in Golden Sunset balances out the beer's otherwise hoppy taste with a nice earthy addition.

Fruity yet dry, this is an interesting beer that's worth supping slowly so as to savour the flavours.

Pinta Sangriale, Browar Pinta (6.1%)

Pinta's beer of the month for April 2018, Pinta Sangriale, is a fruit ale from one of the most reliable craft brewers in Poland. 

Bearing a ruby colour and negligable head, Pinta Sangriale smells of cherries, vanilla and berries. It tastes fairly fruity, with flavours of cherries, nectarines and blood orange present. On top of that one can taste notes of spices and a slight sourness of berries, which contrasts with the almost fruit bon-bon nature of this beer.

Although not one of their best beers, this is one worth trying for those who like mildly sweet fruit beers.

Ziemia Obiecana Arnold, Browar Ziemia Obiecana (6.8%)

Ziemia Obiecana are another brewery to mark their debut on the Piwo Uncut pages this month. Based in Łódż, they've named their brewery "Promised land", presumably after the film made by legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda (who was also based in Łódź).

This Double Dry Hopped Hazy IPA has a cloudy creamy brown-yellow colour (like a milky cup of tea) and a white head. It smells of mango, pineapple, grass and fresh hops. The taste is similar, with pine also present. The precence of WLP066 London Fog yeast accentuates the flavours and adds a very smooth texture.

An eminently drinkable brew, this interesting beer is one for beer drinkers who can stomach its high alcohol content.

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!

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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