Tyskie Browary Książęce (“Princely Brewery of Tyskie”) is one of the oldest breweries in Europe and, with about 18% of the market, one of the best selling beer brands in Poland.

Their most popular offerings are Tyskie Gronie, a 5.6% pale lager, and Tyskie Książęce, a 5.7% pale lager. Water for the beer is sourced from the Grone, located on the slope of the Mikołowska Mountains near its namesake town of Tyskie.

Beer has been continually produced in Tyskie since 1629. Then owned by the von Promnitz family, the Tyskie Brewery has since changed ownership between noble houses, warring countries, the Polish state and private companies.

Tyskie bottles, distinguished by their red-on-white packaging (the Polish national colors), depict a royal crown to commemorate John III Sobieski, former king of Poland who was born in 1629 — the same year the Tyskie Brewery was founded.

Today, the Tyskie Brewery has expanded to both sides of Mikołowska Street in Tyskie and belongs to the Kompania Piwowarska Brewery Group. Tyskie also sponsors the Polonia Music Festival on the first weekend of every September.

The brewery’s interior has been preserved virtually unchanged since 1905 and is available to tour (with tasting at the end!) by appointment.

 

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A night at the brewery, 2015:

Katheryn Weaver is a student of rhetoric and history at the University of Texas, Austin. Her primary areas of investigation include revolution and the rhetorical justification of violence against individuals, state, and society. She is currently studying Russian as a Second Language with SRAS’s Home and Abroad Scholarship.