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coastsidemike:
The latest issue of Zymurgy has a great, great article on Grodziskie.  On my last trip through Poland (mostly through rural areas), I didn't find this.  Anyone know where to expect to find it beyond where it is made or if it is imported?

I'm no expert, just a random traveler.  The best I could find was on tap, Okocim.  The Polish do meats and mushrooms very well, and pairing anything like that with Okocim was great (and notably inexpensive; $2 a liter).

A question is what are craft or BJCP beer judges looking for in good Pilsners.  Most of the pilsner beers there were advertised as award winning, but if it was good it was also quite green. This meant huge yeast aromas, much more than I've ever noticed before.  I'm wondering if that is desirable or simply different from the beers sent to contests.   

Would love to find something like either one of these in the US.

hopfenundmalz:
Graetzer (in German) pretty much went out of style. Choc brewing in Oklahoma made one recently, using oak smoked wheat malt that they convinced Weyermanns to make. I think if you look the article over closely, it says it is not made anymore in Poland.

coastsidemike:

--- Quote from: hopfenundmalz on November 03, 2012, 08:00:22 PM ---I think if you look the article over closely, it says it is not made anymore in Poland.

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Missed that, thanks for the correction.

bluesman:
Gratzer has made a comeback recently due to Polish Homebrewers. I tried a homebrewed version version of Gratzer at my last HBCM and was really impressed. This is a beer that will pair well with food 
IMO. The saltiness of the beer compliments meats and cheeses very well. I think this beer pairs very well with BBQ as well.

hopfenundmalz:

--- Quote from: bluesman on November 04, 2012, 01:08:55 AM ---Gratzer has made a comeback recently due to Polish Homebrewers. I tried a homebrewed version version of Gratzer at my last HBCM and was really impressed. This is a beer that will pair well with food 
IMO. The saltiness of the beer compliments meats and cheeses very well. I think this beer pairs very well with BBQ as well.

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Graetzer is smokey and fairly hoppy. Salty? Isn't that Gose?

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