Two Polish Beers Walk Into A Bar ...

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... and were delicious. The end. What, you were expecting a Polack joke? This is Texas, where the butts of our jokes are Aggies or blonds, not Polish people.

Not that we have many Polish people to offend, anyway. Apparently, there isn't enough demand to import Zywiec or Okocimskie beers into the state. But I got the chance to try a couple of Polish beers when a friend brought some back from a trip to Chicago, where a higher concentration of Polish-Americans make it worthwhile for two of Poland's biggest brewers to offer their products.

Having never heard anything about Polish beer tradition, I figured that Zywiec Original Beer and Piwo Okocimskie O.K. would both be competent if not especially interesting Euro-lagers along the lines of Heineken or Stella Artois. I was half-right: Both of them were surprisingly rich and well-balanced beers, and easily distinguishable from each other as well as from cheaper mass-produced lagers.

Zywiec Original poured slightly darker than the average American or Euro macro-brew and tasted much richer. It had a slight bready and corny sweetness to it but a decent hop bite at the finish, managing to be both rich and crisp. It somehow reminded me of what Budweiser might brew if the company had an ounce of pride in its product. The company also makes a much stronger (9.5 percent ABV, compared to this lager's 5.6) porter, which I would love to try. Unfortunately, it's only available in eight states, and Texas isn't one of them.

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Piwo Okocimskie O.K. Beer Full Pale wasn't quite as memorable, but a really tasty crisp lager nonetheless. It was lighter in color and without as much malty sweetness, and more lively carbonation and even more of a hop punch at the end.

They may not be enough to convince me to make a pilgrimage to Illinois, let alone Poland, to seek them out. But if your travels take you somewhere either is available, I'd recommend picking up a few.

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guest

You have to visit Poland.Lots of Polish small breweries brewing fanstastic beers.Fresh beers!No pasteurised! Nobody wants to drink pee like Zywiec beer cos the owner is Heineken.Come to Poland and taste it!

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

I'd love to. Send me a couple round-trip tickets and I'm there.

Obywatel_m
Obywatel_m

"What, you were expecting a Polack joke?" - Do you know Americans, that Tyskie was brewed in 1629 when nobody could see fat Americans?  Yes, yes, in Poland jokes about Americans are more and more popular (about Poles who live in your country, too).

p.s. you have wrong glass for Zywiec.p.s. The main brewer in Poland is American Miller, so the quality of beers depends on you, Yankees.

Kwiecien Radoslaw
Kwiecien Radoslaw

the best polish beers are brewed by small regional breweries like Fortuna Miłosław or Ciechan from Brewery Ciechanów or maybe something from breweries Czarnków, Racibórz etc...

Try also polish porter beers !!!

Obama
Obama

I prefer Polish beer called Tyskie and Rybnickie

Dadadadada
Dadadadada

Zywiec is a Polish market mass-product, like Bud in US. In Poland you can find a lot of much better beers. Unfortunately, some of them are local even in Poland and Lone Star State will probably never seen them. Check facebook.com/wszystkoopiwie...

Erek P
Erek P

I also preferred the Zywiec, though both these beers are both quality examples of my favorite style.  I'm glad that you enjoyed them.  It's not everyday that I catch you drinking a 5.6 ABV Pilsner beer, let alone admitting to having enjoyed it.  You're more than welcome to tag along the next time my craving for Italian Beef and Old Style becomes too much to bear.

Coleman
Coleman

I had Zywiec at Kinga's Lounge in Denver, and it was pretty amazing. They also had the biggest selection of Polish vodkas I've ever seen.

Natasha
Natasha

You think it is a good in a can try it out of a keg in an underground bar in Krakow, wish I was there right now.

therrick
therrick

I wonder if you could find these in a place like the Flying Saucer?

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

No, if they don't distribute in the state, then bars can't get them either. They have to have TABC approval to be legally sold here whether in a store or in a bar.

therrick
therrick

Ah, okay. Thanks for the info.

Steve
Steve

So when is Richie Whitt's tip-frosted douche-cunt face going to be removed from this website?

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Steve: Any way we could get you to stay on topic? We appreciate you reading, but tip-frosted cunt-faces isn't really the conversation we're going for here.

Thanks, man.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Paging Dr. JSIB: Pow

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Wasn't me, I didn't hate Mr frosted tipped McMidgetman..I just thought he sucked at the writing and broadcasting.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I'm not a beer nerd and/or snob, but I've had both of those and enjoyed both. A cool thing about living in Chi-town is that some pubs don't sell Bud, Miller, etc. You get to expand your horizons a bit.

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