The Brewski Report Spotlights Kompania Piwowarska’s Tiskie Gronie
File Date: 3.14.2011
File Name: A World of Hurt For Japan
The Beer: Tyskie Gronie
Type: Pale Euro Lager
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Kompania Piwowarska SA
Web Site: www.kp.pl
State/Country of Origin: Poland
Brewer Info: Kompania Piwowarska SA came into being in 1999 out of the merger of LECH Browary Wielkopolski SA and Browary Tyskie Górny Śląsk SA with the South African Breweries International (currently SABMiller) becoming its strategic investor. In 1995 SAB acquired the majority stake in LECH Browary Wielkopolski SA and a year later in Browary Tyskie Górny Śląsk SA. In 2003 a contract was signed between Kompania Piwowarska SA and Radeberger Gruppe AG on the basis of which Kompania Piwowarska became the owner of Dojlidy Brewery of Białystok. In January 2008, the company was joined by the 4th brewery, Browar Belgia in Kielce, where the production process came to a close in 2009. In 2009, SABMiller purchased from Kulczyk Holding SA the 28,1 % of Kompania Piwowarska’s shares, thus becoming the sole owner of the company.
Brewer Brand Hype: Tyskie is our flagship brand. It is an unrivaled leader on the Polish beer market. For years it has been winning recognition at home and abroad. Many times it has been awarded the most prestigious prizes of the brewing industry. Tyskie is also a unique sport sponsor; since 2005 it has supported the Polish national football team, its coach Leo Beenhakker and football fans. Tyskie Gronie continuous a centuries’ long tradition of beer brewing at Tychy, dating back to 17th century. Gronie’s enthusiasts appreciate most of all its mild hoppy aroma, golden colour and the thick, white head. This beer’s exquisite taste and aroma are a benchmark for Polish beers of similar type. Tyskie Gronie is a fine beer brewed in compliance with traditional recipies. Tyskie Gronie stands for its rich head and ideally balanced bitterness. Tyskie Gronie tastes best after a long day’s work!
Label: Tyskie. Z Polski. Tyskie. Made in Poland.
The Brewski Review: If there’s anyone whose a big fan of pale lagers it’s me. But I was quite surprised when I tasted this Euro Pale. I wasn’t immediately in love with it. After I finished I’m still wasn’t. No love here. It seemed to sport too much of an aftertaste for me. I didn’t think it was mild either. Too bitter I guess is what it boils down to. So I think I’d have to pass on this one. And should I visit Poland I still wouldn’t drink it. It wasn’t terrible; just not for me. But on a more depressing note, I’m sure everyone is aware of the tragedy unfolding in Japan. It’s amazing that in our modern era of technological advances, so many people would perish in a tsunami triggered by an earthquake; especially in such a heightened cultural awareness where earthquake preparedness is taken to a level unlike any other. Preparing for a 100 year wave of water 30 feet high probably wasn’t even in the ‘likely scenario’ playbook the city planners reviewed. And, with a possible nuclear meltdown flickering on the horizon it’s easy to see why this is such a formidable catastrophe. Everyone should give a moment of silence for all the lost lives and those millions in need. Then, than your lucky stars that no matter what your current situation is, it’s better than what others are experiencing right now in the Land Of The Rising Sun.
Drinkability: Surprisingly I’d pass.
Appearance: Light golden color with ample head.
The Buds: Too much hoppy bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.