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Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:45 am
by Canopus
Have located an old-world-style Polish butcher shop/deli close to where I live. Will be buying blood kishka (kishke), kielbasa, and pierogis to have an authentic Polish meal.

The shop also stocks various brands of imported Polish beer. Can anyone recommend a brand that I can buy? (I typically drink Yuengling traditional lager. Don't particularly like the taste of IPAs.)

Canopus

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:49 am
by jb1
Lech 100%. It’s in a green bottle and tastes amazing with polish “syrup” or with a lemon. I played soccer in Poland and that was all we drank after games.

Tyskie and zywiec is also decent.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:00 pm
by Canopus
Excuse my ignorance, but what is Polish syrup? And how does one consume it with beer?

Canopus

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:17 pm
by Whakamole
Zywiec makes a nice porter.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:38 pm
by livesoft
Canopus wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:45 am
The shop also stocks various brands of imported Polish beer. Can anyone recommend a brand that I can buy?
I'd recommend one of the brands of imported Polish beer that the shop stocks.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:46 pm
by Kenkat
Yes, always good to ask the shop what they recommend. You could also see if they have any Kvass, which is a low alcohol, semi-beer like drink also very popular in Poland, Ukraine, etc.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:49 pm
by jb1
Canopus wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:00 pm
Excuse my ignorance, but what is Polish syrup? And how does one consume it with beer?

Canopus
So its like a red flavored Polish syrup that is put in. Ask for "sokiem". Its a good addition, but for me there is nothing better than Lech with a lemon in it.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:19 pm
by Spirit Rider
jb1 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:49 pm
Canopus wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:00 pm
Excuse my ignorance, but what is Polish syrup? And how does one consume it with beer?
So its like a red flavored Polish syrup that is put in.
You didn't answer the question. Assume we don't have a clue, I certainly don't. What is Polish Syrup/

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:20 pm
by jb1
Spirit Rider wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:19 pm
jb1 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:49 pm
Canopus wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:00 pm
Excuse my ignorance, but what is Polish syrup? And how does one consume it with beer?
So its like a red flavored Polish syrup that is put in.
You didn't answer the question. What is Polish Syrup/
So its like a red flavored Polish syrup that is put in. Ask for "sokiem". Its a good addition, but for me there is nothing better than Lech with a lemon in it.

I am not polish, if that doesnt help ya, google it.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:24 pm
by Spirit Rider
jb1 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:20 pm
Spirit Rider wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:19 pm
jb1 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:49 pm
Canopus wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:00 pm
Excuse my ignorance, but what is Polish syrup? And how does one consume it with beer?
So its like a red flavored Polish syrup that is put in.
You didn't answer the question. What is Polish Syrup/
So its like a red flavored Polish syrup that is put in. Ask for "sokiem". Its a good addition, but for me there is nothing better than Lech with a lemon in it.

I am not polish, if that doesnt help ya, google it.
Thank you for your immense help.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:26 pm
by jb1
Spirit Rider wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:24 pm
jb1 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:20 pm
Spirit Rider wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:19 pm
jb1 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:49 pm
Canopus wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:00 pm
Excuse my ignorance, but what is Polish syrup? And how does one consume it with beer?
So its like a red flavored Polish syrup that is put in.
You didn't answer the question. What is Polish Syrup/
So its like a red flavored Polish syrup that is put in. Ask for "sokiem". Its a good addition, but for me there is nothing better than Lech with a lemon in it.

I am not polish, if that doesnt help ya, google it.
Thank you for your immense help.
prosze :sharebeer

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:11 pm
by SrGrumpy
Kenkat wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:46 pm
Yes, always good to ask the shop what they recommend. You could also see if they have any Kvass, which is a low alcohol, semi-beer like drink also very popular in Poland, Ukraine, etc.
Kvass is amazing. One can make it at home quite easily. I got hooked on it in Moldova, of all places.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:20 pm
by 02nz
I'd check the dates on the bottles (if they print them). Polish beers in the U.S. have a small enough market that I'd wonder how fresh they are going to be.

Not to mention, is Poland really known for beers? I'd think the Germans and Czechs have them beat on this.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:22 pm
by Kenkat
SrGrumpy wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Kenkat wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:46 pm
Yes, always good to ask the shop what they recommend. You could also see if they have any Kvass, which is a low alcohol, semi-beer like drink also very popular in Poland, Ukraine, etc.
Kvass is amazing. One can make it at home quite easily. I got hooked on it in Moldova, of all places.
Yes! We’ve made a couple of batches ourselves at home.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:31 pm
by Dottie57
02nz wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:20 pm
I'd check the dates on the bottles (if they print them). Polish beers in the U.S. have a small enough market that I'd wonder how fresh they are going to be.

Not to mention, is Poland really known for beers? I'd think the Germans and Czechs have them beat on this.
Poland is next to Germany and was over run by both Germany and Russia in its past. So I assume Poland makes good and beer. Lots of cross pollination.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:36 pm
by 02nz
Dottie57 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:31 pm
02nz wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:20 pm
I'd check the dates on the bottles (if they print them). Polish beers in the U.S. have a small enough market that I'd wonder how fresh they are going to be.

Not to mention, is Poland really known for beers? I'd think the Germans and Czechs have them beat on this.
Poland is next to Germany and was over run by both Germany and Russia in its past. So I assume Poland makes good and beer. Lots of cross pollination.
Well, just don't start any conversations with Poles by saying, Oh I'm sure the beer is good from that time the Germans came over for a stay. :wink:

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:57 pm
by rterickson
Any Polish pilsner should be pretty good, and reminiscent of Yuengling back in your grandfather's day.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:40 pm
by WS1
I just moved from a very Polish neighborhood. Please don’t drink their beers. There are many quality American lagers. Tröegs and Victory offerings are my present favorites.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:51 pm
by Raymond
From Google, it looks like "Polish syrup" is fruit syrup in different flavors (cherry, raspberry, black currant, etc.)

Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:26 pm
by Canopus
OP here.

As suggested on this thread, I chose Lech premium beer. Had it with Kiszka, aka Kishka (Polish blood sausage). Lech, with an orange slice in the stein (à la Blue Moon), was very refreshing. Lech was the finishing touch for an authentic Polish meal.

Canopus

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:33 pm
by MaryO
Zywiec is great.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:53 pm
by greener
Agree, Zywiec is a good.
If you like something sweeter, there is also Warka Radler Lemon.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:36 pm
by alpenglow
02nz wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:20 pm
I'd check the dates on the bottles (if they print them). Polish beers in the U.S. have a small enough market that I'd wonder how fresh they are going to be.

Not to mention, is Poland really known for beers? I'd think the Germans and Czechs have them beat on this.
There is a large Polish population near where I live. The local BJ's Wholesale carries cases of Zywiec.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:00 pm
by alter
Tyskie is my favorite.

Re: Recommendations for Polish Beer

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:07 am
by ERISA Stone
Came here to flex my knowledge of Polish beer and you all beat me to it :-).

IMO, nothing on the planet beats Lech. Tyskie is great also. Okocim would be my 3rd pick.

When I lived there, I only drank Zywiec if it were the only option. It would still beat any American option I consider.