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Brewery in Tychy the biggest one in Poland.
Today is weekend so the subject will be ligter than during weekdays. Poland is famous for many products but mainly food and drinks are one of the best in Europe or well known around the world.
Tychy is a city in Upper Silesia it/s a place where a famouus brewery is located.
Brewery in Tychy
about 1930 s
It is a special place, with a history of brewing dating back almost four hundred years. The brewery has been a witness to numerous inventions, revolutions, wars, eminent figures and ideas which changed the world. We invite you for an expedition into the depths of the history of Tyskie Browary Książęce.
Some photos presents Brewery in the past.
The can came late to Poland, at a time when on the other side of the ocean the packaging had 50-percent share in the total sales of beer. The fact that cans were seen more often on collectors’ shelves, who brought them from abroad, than on store shelves, was due first of all to poor access of Polish breweries to foreign technologies. First cans appeared in our country in late 1980s, and the 0,33-litre Okocim can, produced for the brewery’s bottling facility in Legnica, is believed to be one of the oldest. This trend became something universal in Poland only after mid-1990s, when breweries, with the support of foreign capital from incoming investors, could purchase adequate production lines. In such a way, in 1996 aluminium packaging with beer from Tychy saw the daylight. In the same time beer began to be bottled into cans in Lech brewery in Poznań and Dojlidy brewery in Białystok. Today, the lines used in these facilities can bottle 60-100,000 cans an hour.
At present, we can speak of balance in the structure of sales of beer in bottles and cans, and Poland became an unquestioned European leader in the sales of beer packaged this way. This is proved by the nine-fold increase in sales of canned beer since the moment of its introduction. This is contrary to the belief, still held by certain people, that canned beer tastes worse than beer in bottles or kegs. And that such an opinion is more false than true is proved also by the growing popularity of 5-litre party-kegs, manufactured in Tychy, which became an indispensable element of parties or barbecues.
Can the can still surprise us in one way or another? Probably yes. If we are to believe the resourceful Japanese, we might soon expect a can which – after the beer is drunk – can become an ecological and tasteful snack. Cheers!
Beer has been produced in Tychy continuously for almost 400 years. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, the brewery, then called "Fürstliche Brauerei in Tichau", produced three kinds of beer: mailings, yeast and tableware. Only the high quality beer was intended for sale, and the other two were a beer allowance drunk mainly by brewers and their families. In the early nineteenth century the brewery produced only two beverages: beer and Bavarian malt, both top-fermenting. Bavarian malt with a classical composition, saturated color was brown, sweet, calorie and low-hopped. The standard favorite was the dark niskoekstraktowe, weak and only for immediate consumption. After the expansion of the brewery in the nineteenth century and the introduction of bottom-fermenting, they started to produce beer in March, called Tyskie lager, a relatively short Bavarian beer. The first beers were light and were sold under the Książęce brand. In the interwar period, popular brands from Tyskie were the Książęce Tyskie Pilsen, the Książęce Tyskie Export, the Książęce Tyskie Beer full, and Tyskie Porter.
Currently, Tyskie is one of the best selling brands of beer in Poland, with around 18% of the Polish market. Tyskie also has a world distribution. The main brands are Tyskie Gronie, a 5.6% pale lager, and Tyskie Książęce, a 5.7% pale lager.