In recent years on my many visits to Poland, I have been drinking a lot of different beers depending on which part of the country I am in (and of course the vodka), but I have never been to a brewery before. Whilst on my recent visit to Łódź, I was in search for a late morning breakfast and came across Browar Księży Młyn,a restaurant with a micro-brewery inside, which is located in the area known as Księży Młyn (in English translates to Pastor’s Mill) and on the banks of the River Jasień. This area of the city was the largest fabric complex in the area which was built around the middle half of the nineteenth century and was the idea of Karol Scheibler, a very important rich industrialist in the city. The city was modeled on industrial settlements located in Northern England and within the complex had a lot of factory buildings, cotton mill, worker’s houses, fire station, two hospitals, shops, houses of the owners and there was also a railway station with sidings as well.
I won’t bore you with all the history as I expect my readers to be reading about the brewery but all I will say is that Księży Młyn is now been improved since the fall of the textile industry and is now an area known for holding cultural events, festivals with the mansions nearby turned into museums. The area is now full of tourists who want to dig deep into the cities history.
The Księży Młyn brewery is located next to the old fire station on ul. Tymienieckiego, and is built on the site of the old paper mill. This beer has been produced here in the area since 1875 but recently moved to the premises around 2014. As soon as I entered the building, I could see two kettles in front of me and other pieces of equipment which is used to produce the beers here.
As mentioned, it was breakfast time (but could be classed as an early lunch as it was midday when I just sat down), and it was time to check out what the restaurant had to offer. I had scrambled eggs with bacon and some toast. It may not look a lot in the photo but the food did fill me up. The eggs had a nice textured and was cooked in a vinaigrette sauce to give it that extra kick. With my breakfast I had a delicious 5% alc Pilsner to go with it. Hey, I am in a brewery so gotta have a pint of the good stuff to wash down the food. The pilsner was smooth, a little bit darker in colour (but only slightly) and to be honest, I drank it rather quickly. Didn’t feel heavy afterwards and to be honest, I could have drank them for the rest of the day.
Then it was time to test out the other beers on tap at the brewery. Sitting at the bar I checked out the wheat beer, the seasonal and the Indian Pale Ale (as well as having another pilsner). The 5% alc. wheat beer was probably the least favourite of mine but still drinkable. Had a smooth texture and the right colour but for me, I just don’t like the aftertaste but it’s just me, not trying to put anyone off.
Then next up was the seasonal beer and while I was there, it was called Belgian Tripel at 5.2%. A little bit stronger and darker in colour, I did actually like this beer. A little bit heavier on the stomach afterwards but the taste did remind me of drinking in the bars of Brugge and Gent back in Belgium. I think a couple of these on a cold winter’s night is the ideal time to drink this.
Last off is the Indian Pale Ale which only until recently I became a fan of these as I love the hoppy taste (I noticed the taste of hops more in IPAs than any other beers). I couldn’t stand these years ago but now I can drink these with ease. Again like all the other beers, not heavy in the alcohol content, this one weighing in at 5%. The taste was amazing, a bit stronger on the aftertaste, well put it this way, I had to have a couple more.
After the beer tasting and eating the food here, I would seriously recommend anyone who is coming to the city to try a pint of Księży Młyn. So far on my travels around Poland, this is the best pilsner and IPA I have come across and to be honest, if I had more time here, I could do a session. I also love the vibe of the Browar Księży Młyn, the decor and the staff were very knowledgeable and made me very welcome here.
A personal note from me – my time at Browar Księży Młyn was not sponsored by the company and paid for by myself. The opinions in this post are my own and is totally honest. I would like to thank the staff for making the experience here an enjoyable one.