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Between the Gothic spires of Krakow’s Stare Miasto and the beatnik bars of Kazimierz, Poland’s famous city is witnessing the rise of a new type of drinking establishment; casting off the vision of ubiquitous vodka. From dark stouts and English ales to American IPAs and Polish home brews, the flavors flowing from the taps of Krakow’s burgeoning craft beer scene is giving rise to new micro-breweries. We check out some of Krakow’s best craft beer haunts.
Located on the cusp of Krakow’s greenbelt park, House of Beer is a staple of the city’s craft scene, specializing in bottled labels from Belgium, Slovakia and Germany. There are taps too, touting regular favorites like the Czech Kozel and the Gambrinus Pils, or Poland’s own Amber from Pomerania up north, along with a selection of English ciders and heavy stout ales. Inside, the character is hearty and homely, decked with wood panelled walls and rough tables, peppered with mismatched sofas and awash with a curious array of artworks both classic and modern.
House of Beer, Świętego Tomasza 35, Krąków, Poland, +48 794 222 136
The cavernous and industrial-chic Stara Zajezdnia in the depths of Kazimierz represents another of the city’s premier micro-breweries. It’s housed in one of the Jewish Quarter’s old factory cargo terminals and still clings proudly to that mechanized character, displaying its exposed iron beams and colossal arched roof with nothing but panache. They brew a range of different tipples, from heady dark ales, to sweet honey-infused malts, while the adjoining kitchen serves up a bountiful array of traditional Polish dishes, from gherkin soup to salty Slavic pancakes packed with spinach and mushrooms.
Stara Zajezdnia, Świętego Wawrzyńca 12, Kraków, Poland, +48 664 323 988