Beer, vodka and sausage tasting

  • Snapsprovning av Żubrówka (Visentvodkan). Bild: zubrowka.plSnapsprovning av Żubrówka (Visentvodkan). Bild: zubrowka.pl
  • Snapsprovning av Wódka Żołądkowa Gorzka. Bild: zoladkowagorzka.comSnapsprovning av Wódka Żołądkowa Gorzka. Bild: zoladkowagorzka.com
  • Polsk honungsvodka - Krupnik. Bild: belvedere.plPolsk honungsvodka - Krupnik. Bild: belvedere.pl
  • Mjöd - en dryck förtfarande populärt i Polen. Mjöd - en dryck förtfarande populärt i Polen.
  • Mjöd - en dryck fortfarande populärt i Polen. Bild: Silar | <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>Mjöd - en dryck fortfarande populärt i Polen. Bild: Silar | CC BY-SA 3.0

In Poland we are fond of good food and drinks. Get to know more about the Polish culinary culture and organize a tasting for your group!

In the majority of the Polish big cities you can easily find local microbreweries where you can enjoy the best sorts of craft beer. Such names as Browar Piwna in Gdańsk, Brovaria in Poznań, Spiż in Wrocław or BrowArmia in Warsaw have during the recent years become synonymous with high quality, fantastic taste and love for the good in life. In each venue you will be med by the brewer presenting his pride - a beer unique for this very facility. Why not having a beer tasting during lunch?

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The Polish vodka culture has a really long history - we are positive that vodka was invented in our country (our chronicles name this drink already in the year 1405). In this land you can enjoy all possible sorts of vodka. We do, of course, like the classical pure vodka, but spiced vodkas play a significant role in our life. The best known vodka is Żubrówka, sometimes even called the bison grass vodka. Its unique taste comes from a straw of grass to be found in each bottle (in UK this grass is referred to ans Holy Grass). It's said that this vodka tastes best with apple juice - such a drink is called by the Poles for… apple pie.

zubrowka_o_1.jpgTasting of Żubrówka (Wisent vodka). Picture: zubrowka.pl

Another Polish speciality is Żołądkowa Gorzka - it's name means literally Bitter Stomach Vodka. This relative to Jägermeister is, however, much milder and sweeter than it's German cousin. Amongst the ingredients you'll find absinthe wormwood, gentiana, pepper vine, galangal, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and even caramel. By the way - it's the nly vodka in Poland that matures!

zoladkowa_o_3.jpgTasting of Wódka Żołądkowa Gorzka. Picture: zoladkowagorzka.com

Many claim that the Polish vodka with the richest ans most nuanced taste is Krupnik. This honey vodka is best consumed pure - like a liquour. During the maturing process - except water and honey - even cinnamon, clove, ginger, orange skins, vanilla and pepper are added.

krupnik_o_1.jpgPolish honey vodka - Krupnik. Picture: belvedere.pl

In Poland you can also taste something quite unusual for the UK - mead. This drink has a very long tradition in our country. Wine is a product of fermented grapes, whereas mead receives its alcohol (susally 11-16%) from fermented honey wort. You can find a few types of mead, deepnding on the proportions between honey and water. The best type is półtorak, where one unit of honey is diluted with one and a half unit of water. Dwójniak is a little bit weaker, but still very good - one unit of honey is diluted with two units of water. The weakest types are trójniak and czwórniak, where one unit of honey is diuted with three or four units of water.

mead_w_1.JPGMead - a drink quite popular in Poland.
mead_w_2.JPGMead - a drink quite popular in Poland. Picture: Silar | CC BY-SA 3.0

And you shouldn't of course miss the good Polish sausages (kiełbasa, as we call it). You'll find countless types of sausages in our country - both those which should be consumed shortly after production as well as such which can be stored for a long time. Many can be eaten cold, but many can be warmed (and some are suitable for eating only after they've been cooked).

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