After a solid 2 weeks in Germany, trying out as many different brews as we could get our hands on, it was time to head across the border to Poland. We should know by now that a 8-hour train ride in Eastern Europe actually means a 10-hour journey, so to say that we had a thirst for it on arrival would be a massive understatement.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any microbreweries in Krakow, so our first stop was C.K. Browar, a brewpub and restaurant on the outskirts of the Old Town. C.K. Browar brews 4 different beers (light, dunkel, weizen and ginger) and their food is just what you’d expect from a Polish brewpub – tremendous and substantial.
This Beer Gallery can be found close to Nowy Square, while the original is located on Ulica Dominikańska in the Old Town. Both editions offer close to 150 different beers each, although the original wins the tap count, 17 to 8.
A similar course of events took place the following day, but this time it was off to the House of Beer to escape the heat after yet another free walking tour – this time 3 hours around the Old Town and Wawel Castle.
Any pub that plays Motörhead’s Ace of Spades and Metallica’s Fade to Black within the first 15 minutes gets our vote, however the House of Beer also has 8 beers on tap and around 150 bottled varieties, many of which are from smaller Polish breweries.
After 3 nights in Krakow, we went south to Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, where another intense Google search of microbreweries or craft beer-related activity in the area gave us duck eggs.
This meant that we had to settle for more commercial options after walking to Morskie Oko and Czarny Staw the following day. We’d had fairly good experience with Polish beer prior to this trip and our choices didn’t disappoint on this occasion either. Then again, after the 25km round trip, you probably could have offered us a warm can of Toohey’s Red and we would have been happy….