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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This 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.

This month we’re reviewing ŻytkoSpichlerz EuropyMistyMityng  and Spill the tea.

Żytko, Browar Kazimierz (6.5%)

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To start off, here’s  a Rye IPA from Krakow brewers Browar Kazimierz. 

Żytko has a cloudy yellow colour and a white foamy head, while the aroma features intensive notes of malt, tropical fruits, cereal and citrus.  The flavours are equally intensive, with tropical fruits such as maracuja, mandarin, citrus and berries all present. This rather nicely contrasts the resin and base of cereal and earth.  The beer’s bitterness is not dominant but pronounced.  To finish, a long aftertaste lingers in the mouth.

This dense-textured and flavoursome beer is quite an experience; a pleasant accompaniment to various Christmas cakes and puddings.

Spichlerz Europy, Browar Kazimierz (5.3%)

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Next up is a Weißbier from the same brewery. 

Spichlerz Europy  is a pale yellow beer with  a white foamy head that gives off notes of banana and wheat.  As for the taste,  it is generally akin to a typical Weißbier in that there’s hints of cloves and banana. That said, there are also notes of hay and cereal (fitting, considering that the name of the beer means “The granary of Europe”) that make this drier than some Weíßbiers.  Spichlerz Europy  has a thin texture, and a  surprisingly mild acidic finish that blends in well with the other flavours..

Its difficult to go wrong with a Weißbier, and in Spichlerz Europy  Browar Kazmierz have unearthed a solid, evidently drinkable beer that hits all the right notes.

Misty, Browar Trzech Kumpli (5.5%)

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Our third beer, from  Trzech Kumpli, is labelled as a “Contempory IPA in the style of a New England/Vermont IPA”.

Misty sports a yellow hazy colour and white foamy head. The aroma is characterised by citrus – there’s notes of lime, grass and mango all in there.  The citrus is also evident in the beer’s taste, where tropical fruits give it a certain juiciness. This in turn compliments the beer’s notes of malt, herbs and hay.  Finally, Misty has a smooth, creamy texture.

Overall this is another sound effort by Trzech Kumpli – one that’ll go down nicely at a good sit down with friends and family.

Mityng, Browar Łancut (4.5%)

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Our penultimate beer of the month is a Session IPA from Browar Łancut.

Mityng  is orange in colour and forms a slight white frothy head and lacing.  This fairly dry and slightly sour beer has an intensive aroma of hops, citrus and apricot.  As for the flavour,  there’s hops, wheat, root vegetables and lemongrass all in the mix.  

All in all, the variation of crisp flavours are testament to its unfiltered nature. For a Session IPA this is definitely a pretty tasty experience.

Spill The Tea, Browar Inne Beczki (5.8%)

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Finally we have a Green Tea White IPA from Browar Inne Beczki.

Spill The Tea has an amber colour and a frothy head head.  Its aroma features hints of green tea and citrus with notes of tropical fruits.  The use of Sencha green tea gives this beer a mildly sweet grassy flavour with anstrigent notes, while malt and a hint of hops are also present – not to mention hints of pear and candy.

This experimental beer is a hit!  I recommend it for any curious beer drinker who also likes their green tea.

With all that I’ll wish all Piwo Uncut regular readers (we see that there are many of you) a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and here’s to a pleasantly tasty 2019!

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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