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History of beer in Poland
Origins of beer in Poland are closely associated with Grodziskie style, a wheat beer smoked with oak original from the city of Grodzisk. After the WWII most breweries were nationalized, and after the fall of communism the market narrowed being now controlled by 3 big companies being now the third largest producer in Europe after Germany and the UK. Craft beer didn't take off in Poland until 2011, with the foundation of Pinta brewery, but since then several top breweries have taken the scene, as Browar Stu Mostów, Artezan or Kormoran.
Brewers from Poland
Browar Stu Mostów
Browar Stu Mostów is a Polish brewery founded in 2012 by Arletta and Grzegorz Ziemian. Its name translates as the brewery of one hundred bridges, as their brewery is located in the city of Wrocław, known for its bridges. Wrocław had a strong brewing tradition in the past, that was lost completely with the closing in 2004 of the remains of Piastowski and Mieszczałski brewery.
They have three distinct sub-brands for their beers, the Salamander focused in cutting-edge recipes, the WRCLW focused in revisiting traditional recipes, and the ART, used for collabs with other breweries.
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Browar Nepomucen is a craft brewer founded by Piotr and Mariusz Musielak. It is located in a restored 100-year-old bakery in Szkaradowo (Poland), and it focuses both in traditional Polish and international craft beer styles.
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Browar Hopito is a Polish brewery founded in 2018 by Andrzej Pawluczuk in Ostrołęka (Poland), they brand themselves as one of the pioneers of craft beer revolution in Poland.
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Building Bridges interview
A Coruña (España), 12/06/2020
Grzegorz Ziemian (Browar Stu Mostow). “So I came back home and said to Arletta “Let’s open a brewery!”. She looked at me in a strange way but she also laughed. “Are you crazy? A brewery? Do you know how to brew properly? Do we have enough funds?” It was kind of in a joking way, but also a little bit serious.”