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For a weekend glug, more and more craft fans are aiming west for the Artezan tap room in the town of Błonie… Ever wondered... Hoppy Hour: Artezan
Hoppy Hour: Artezan Hoppy Hour: Artezan

For a weekend glug, more and more craft fans are aiming west for the Artezan tap room in the town of Błonie…

Ever wondered what Warsaw’s beer geeks get up to in the summer? It goes without saying, for the majority the plan remains the same, that being to haunt streets like Nowogrodzka and the tap bars around there. But for a growing minority, the last few years have presented a different option entirely, one that involves either a 50-minute commuter train or a leisurely 2-hour bike ride to the western satellite town of Błonie.

błonie warsaw bar craft beer restaurant exterior people
Photo credits: Alex Weber

In fact, where the latter option is involved, it’s now common to find group rides taking place organised by FB pages like Wolny Kraft. The premise is simple: meet at a designated city centre point before pedalling out and then getting the return train back.

błonie warsaw bar craft beer restaurant interior neon artezan
Photo credits: Alex Webber

But why Błonie in the first place? The answer is easy: for some of the best beer in Poland. Home to Browar Artezan, one of the country’s leading craft breweries, for the past few years the lads here have opened a summer-only bar set within a converted shipping container-style cabin.

Sparingly set out with a funky turquoise neon and a sofa, it’s hard to manoeuvre what with the number of beer crates and boxes and are splayed all around. But why would you want to stick indoors in the first place. Armed with a fresh beer poured from one of the eight or so taps, instead retreat to an outdoor deck illuminated by overhead bulbs, or to a huge garden area to slump on a deckchair in the shade of an apple tree. As peaceful escapes go, it’s a spectacular way to spend an afternoon.

Although highly temporary in its style, facilities aren’t bad at all – you’ll be using a portaloo, but it’s in far better shape than many of the toilets found in more permanent bars. And as for the beer, that’s just spectacular – and includes Artezan mainstays such as their legendary Pacific pale ale, as well as the latest premiers: on our trip, the Ten Collab, a cherry and plum marzipan cake pastry sour brewed in cahoots with Kufle i Kapsle. For something completely different this August, it’s just about the best weekend option (note: they open only on Friday and Saturday) a craft nerd could wish for. 

Browar Artezan Tap Room
Grodzka 15 (Błonie)

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