First in Tricity Craft Beer Trail!
The new tourist attraction of the city starts with St. Dominic Fair. Summer is an excellent season to enjoy the golden drink; in Tricity good beer is easy to find. The Gdansk Tourist Organisation had developed the Craft Beer Trail following which tourists will be able to discover exceptional craft beers. However, this is not the end ... The trail will be inaugurated on 30 July with the start of St. Dominic Fair.
Brewing traditions in Pomerania date back to almost prehistoric times. The quality of beer was supervised by a guild of brewers as early as in the 12th century. There are good reasons that one of the streets in Gdansk is called Piwna [Beer Street] – it was there that a large number of the guild members lived who brewed the excellent Jopenbier beer. Is is worth noting that years ago beer not only had a relaxing effect on senses but it was also served as medicine and an excellent condiment.
On 30 July, along with the start of the 756th St. Dominic Fair the Craft Beer Trail was inaugurated for the first time!
Enjoy, collect stamps, collect prizes!
What is the Beer Trail? First it is a way to have good time in Tricity. Every willing participants is given a guide book with a description of breweries on the trail. Additionally, you can find curiosities related to the brewing of the golden drink since the Middle Ages. And finally - the stamps. Everybody who visits a restaurant listed in the guide book and buys a glass of beer, will be given a stamp.
Attractive prizes are given away for collecting an appropriate number of stamps:
2 stamps - a beer coaster
4 stamps – a beer coaster and a bottle opener
6 stamps - a beer coaster, a bottle opener and a T-shirt
8 stamps - a beer coaster, a bottle opener, a T-shirt and a beer glass
The list of the Craft Beer Trail covers 8 restaurants:
Brovarnia Hotel Gdansk
Browar Miejski Sopot
Browar Piwna (Gdansk)
Pub Browar Spółdzielczy (Gdansk)
Browar Trójmiejski Lubrow (Gdansk, Sopot)
Browar Hopkins (Gdynia)
More information on the restaurants will be provided in later articles.
- Only the best grain was used to brew beer in Gdansk in the Middle Ages. As the brewers from Gdańsk say, that was barley grain, short and thick with the hull of light straw colour that was thin and laterally wrinkled.
- The turn of the 15th and 16th centuries was the best time for beer brewing in Gdansk. In mid-16th century there were 150 brewers active in Gdansk.
- In the Artus Court many types of beer from Gdansk breweries were served as well as from various other Polish breweries, like e.g. from Frombork, Malbork, Kwidzyń, Grudziądz, Tczew or Starogard. In the main hall there is a painting “Orpheus among animals” by Hans Vredemann de Vries. The picture used to be interpreted as a warning for beer drinkers visiting the Artus Court so that they drank beer modestly or otherwise they might behave like dogs.
- In Gdansk in the old days, beer was transported only in the spring and in the autumn since in the hot summer the transported beer turned sour in a short time while frosty winters blew up the bottles.
- At the end of the 14th century, Jopenbier was the most famous beer from Gdansk considered to be the “king of European barley beers”. To produce one beer barrel 183 kg of the best barley malt was required. Alcohol content was between 12 and 14 % and the beer was brewed only between September and May.