Wroclaw's craft beer scene is already bursting at the seams. Nevertheless, the arrival of modest new brew-pub Browar Prost is still more than welcome.
Located in the far north of the city nearby Marino shopping centre, Browar Prost is refreshingly humble in its approach compared to some of the pretentious, hipster multi-taps you'll find in the city centre.
The place itself is divided into three parts. There's a restaurant for dining, a bar for drinking and snacking, as well as another room dedicated for company events, weddings and other large gatherings.
At Prost the beer is fresh and satisfying, the prices are competitive and the food is made for your stomach instead of for Instagram. A 400ml measure of one of their 4 beers on tap costs 8zl, with a 1L steiner priced at just 15zl. That's significantly cheaper than you'll find at most craft beer bars nowadays.
Hopheads will be a tad dissapointed by the abscence of IPA/APA type beers at Prost. Even so, there are enough interesting brews available to make the tram or bus journey worth your while. The red Vienna style lager we sampled was reminiscent of the beer at Spiz in days gone by, while their wheat beer was fruity and refreshing too.
The decor is nothing out of the ordinary at Prost, but the on site Brewery brings a pleasant aura. The traditional look of the place is also a welcome change from the many bars jumping on the industrial interior bandwagon. Over time the place will no doubt mature and only get better once it comes onto its own.
Prost is a child friendly pub and restaurant that's attracted its fair share of locals, and at our visit last month there were plenty of families enjoying their time there. It's more difficult than you'd think to find such places in Wroclaw (and indeed Poland). This makes Prost an ideal spot for a weekend family pub lunch.
When it comes to the pub grub itself, on our visit we sampled their Sznycel and Podpłomyki (a kind of slavic flatbread). The Sznycel (21zl) was decent enough for the cash, as was the side salad, however the bog standard frozen chips were a bit of a let-down. The 14zl Podpłomyki proved to be much better value however. Despite not looking the most attractive, the flatbreads had plenty of flavour and went down a treat with the beer.
For those living in the north of the city, Browar Prost is definitely worth the visit. Craft beer fanatics may well fancy venturing up north to come here too, provided they can relate to Prost's no-nonsense approach to making, marketing and selling its beer. There are no funny beer names, quircky snacks or fancy soft drinks at Prost, just simple honest beer and food made the old-fashioned way. That may sound rather dull, but in today's climate it's actually quite an original concept.
Browar Prost, Paprotna 4
Telephone: 71 321 07 47, Website