Tricity Craft Beer Trail
New places, new flavors of beer. On 1st of April 2017, the beer trail started working on a new version, not with 8 but with 9 restaurants/pubs! Check what news are waiting for you on the beer route leading through Tricity.
Since July last year in the Tri-City you can have fun on the Beer Road. So far, to get the complete prize you had to visit 8 locations. There are already 9 of them, but there are more rewards.
The route includes places that participate in Craft Beer Trail from the beginning: Eliksir (Gdańsk), Brovarnia Hotel Gdańsk (Gdańsk), Browar Miejski Sopot (Sopot), Pub Browar Spółdzielczy (Gdańsk) and Pub Browar Spółdzielczy (Gdańsk, Sopot). Now it includes also several new places: AleBrowar (Gdynia), Vrest (Gdańsk) oraz PG4 (Gdańsk).
Enjoy, collect stamps, collect prizes!
Just to rememer 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 - 4 beer coasters and
4 stamps - 4 beer coasters and a bottle opener
6 stamps - 4 beer coasters, a bottle opener and a beer saver
8 stamps - 4 beer coasters, a bottle opener, a beer saver and t-shirt
9 stamps - 4 beer coasters, a bottle opener, a beer saver, t-shirt and a beer bottle
Gdansk beer facts
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.
- 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.