Did you know that a selection of rather good Polish beers are produced by a brewery (browar) in the town of Ciechanow located in the Mazowieckie province of Poland.
Trivia related to the brewery in Ciechanów:
- For many year the brewery was owned by someone of Scots descent called Karol Machlejd (MacLeod).
- During the Second World War the brewery was take other by the Nazis and known by the name Brauerei Betriebs GmbH.
- Some of the beers produced by Ciechan include Ciechan Lager, Ciechan Miodowe (Honey), and an unpasteurised beer called Ciechan Wyborne (Exquisite).
- Ciechanów brewery also make an isotonic drink called Krzepiak.
The town hall and main square in Ciechanów or Zichenau as it was then on a postcard dated 1941.
A photograph of people on a zebra crossing on ulica Pultuska in Ciechanow, c.1990.
More photographs from our archive and information on Ciechanow.
Here’s a recipe we cook every week or two. It includes some of my father’s favourite ingredients, Cabbage, Potato, Sausage and Beer!
2 tablespoons olive oil
500 grams of smoked sausages
3 garlic cloves, diced
1 onion, diced
100 ml chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cabbage, sliced
6 potatoes, cut into chunks
A can of Polish beer
salt and black pepper (to taste)
- Cut the smoked sausage into rough chunks. Add to a large pan and gently fry the sausage, garlic and onions for 5 minutes, or until browned.
- Add the stock, cabbage and potatoes to the pan. Cook for a further 10 minutes. Stirring now and again.
- Add the beer and salt and pepper. Cook for around 20 minutes more or until the potatoes are soft.
This is a quick and easy Polish recipe and a dish that all I’ve cooked it for have enjoyed.
Note: I substitute the fresh cabbage for sauerkraut now and again. This works equally well. Just be sure to rinse the sauerkraut in water before using.
Related content: Our recipe for Sauerkraut and Sausage Stew.
Browar Witnica is a small brewery producing a range of high quality beers in Lubuskie province in the far west of Poland. The brewing of beer on the same site in the centre of the small town of Witnica, near Gorzów, can be traced back to the mid 19th century when this part of present-day Poland was Germany.
Three Polish beers by Browar Witnica in Lubuskie. The open beer is their simply delicious honey beer.
More about Polish beer.
Poland makes some fine beer and is Europe’s third largest beer producer. There are currently around 90 breweries in Poland, including microbreweries, but more than 80% of the beer drunk in Poland is produced by only three breweries – Zywiec, Okocim and Tyskie. Of course, these may be popular but are not necessarily the best. The country is positively awash with excellent beers. Quality Polish beers include: Zubr, Lech, Bosman, Warka, Kasztelan, Browar Lomza, and Perla Chmielowa.
A range of great Polish beers as seen in our kitchen in Lubuskie, western Poland!
Our personal favourite brewery is ‘Browar Witnica’ a small brewery located in the small town of Witnica, close to the Polish / German border in the Lubuskie province of Western Poland. Some of their beers include: Black Boss, Boss Porter; Gorzowiak jasne miodowe (honey), Lubuskie miodowe (honey), Lubuskie naturalne, and Lubuskie zielone (green).
More wonderfully tasty beers awaiting consumption. We love Polish beer and it’s a hot summer this year!
Related: Polish Cider, Polish Vodka and Polish Wine.