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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This Summer

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 Dwa Smoki, ParadisoDwuBock, Długi Weekend and Czarna Mańka.

Dwa Smoki, Browar Pracownia Piwa (5.8%)

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Starting off this month’s proceedings is a Wit IPA from Pracownia Piwa.

‘Dwa Smoki’ has a cloudy yellow colour and an abundant white frothy head. Its aroma produces strikingly fresh notes of citrus, grass, coriander, chamomile, mango and pine. A mouthful of this intricate beer gives off various tastes that blend perfectly with each other; the coriander and citrus are fairly pronounced, while the wheat and notes of orange and lemon zest also make an impression.

This is a very refreshing brew that’s light on the palate, which naturally makes it a good session beer.

Paradiso, Browar Brovca (6.1%)

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Our next beer marks yet another brewery debut on Piwo Uncut. This time its the turn of Browar Brovca from Siemiatycze in the Podlaskie Voivodship.

This Maracuja American IPA bears a slightly light & cloudy yellow colour and minor white head. The beer has a strong aroma of maracuja, as one would expect. Maracuja also plays a pretty strong role in the taste, giving it a juicy nature with a hint of the sourness of citrus.  Meanwhile, mild notes of oats, barley and grains give this a slightly earthy base.

As you’ve come to expect on Piwo Uncut, we like to support new breweries in Poland when they come to market. Browar Brovca are no exception, and given their success in producing this tasty beer, we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for their future creations.

DwuBock, Browar Czarna Owca (7%)

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Next up is beer from yet another brewery marking their Piwo Uncut debut – Browar Czarna Owca. They are based in Semlin, located about 45km south of Gdańsk.

‘DwuBock’ is Doppelbock with a brunette-ruby colour and a white creamy head. The beer’s smell contains hints of bread with a dash of caramel. The taste meanwhile, is rather malty (doppel does mean “double” in German after all) thanks to the presence of melanoidin elements.  On top of that the beer features a welcome taste of caramel and hints of bread. A certain degree of bitterness is also present.

For some time it’s been standard to put hops at the forefront when brewing craft beers. Therefore this malty effort is somewhat ‘refreshing’ in its approach, which is most welcome.  Again, this seems to be one more brewery to look out for.

Długi Weekend, Browar za Miastem (5%)

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Our fourth beer of the month is a Pilsner from Browar Za Miastem. 

‘Długi Weekend’ has a golden colour and a frothy white head, while its aroma contains notes of malt grains, hops and flowers with a touch of herbs. The initial taste yields a mild sweetness of caramel, before a herby dryness typical to German Pilsner kicks in. That in turn blends with the beer’s earthiness and somewhat citrusy aftertaste.

Although this Pilsner doesn’t particularly stand out, it does have taste and is eminently drinkable – so it still ticks all the boxes. 

Czarna Mańka, Browar PiwoWarownia (5.1%)

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Finally, here’s an American Stout from Browar PiwoWarownia. 

‘Czarna Mańka’ is very dark brown, while its head is relatively white. In terms of smell, the beer’s aroma contains hints of cocoa, coffee, hops and citrus. As American Stouts tend to be, this beer has a mix of flavours – hoppy bitterness, citrus (from simcoe hops in this case) and roasted grains. In addition you’ve also got more traditional (from a European perspective at least) stouty tastes of coffee, malt and cocoa (coming from cocoa nibs, i.e. crushed cocoa beans used in the brewing) in there too. The latter understandably adds chocolately bitterness to the beer.

A slightly sour and somewhat mild stout will be of interest to people who like to expand on their stout drinking.

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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