Our friends at Al’s of Hampden // Pizza Boy Brewing, including Al Kominski, Terry Hawbaker and Ed Swingle, recently visited Europe to brew a collaboration beer with Browar Stu Mostów, a craft brewery in Wroclaw, Poland.
Proving yet again how tight-knit the brewing community is, the collaboration demonstrates how friendly, encouraging relationships are brought together over good beer.
Fun fact: The two breweries were connected in two ways — one, by their common technology provider, BrauKon; and two, by a mutual friend in the distribution business.
This joint venture between the two breweries included education — each sharing their techniques and learning from one another — something they feel is an opportunity not only for both breweries but the entire global beer industry.
“Cooperation matters to both parties. Sharing our experiences is invaluable. We’re going to observe the way [Browar Stu Mostów] work, think it over and perhaps draw some inspirations. You can also learn from us, mostly, what not to do. You may think ‘these crazy Americans did that so we’ll stay away from it.’ When you share knowledge, the community of brewers grows and grows. It’s like one big family. And that’s important to us,” Al said.
Check out the video Browar Stu Mostów created about the visit, part one in a series of two.
Browar Stu Mostów is the oldest brewery in Wroclaw, Poland, and has eight centuries of tradition in brewing beer, Wroclaw is considered the Craft Beer Capital of Poland and the “City of Good Beer.” It also has the most craft brewers than any other Polish city and also holds home to the biggest and oldest beer festival in Eastern Europe, Good Beer Fest.
Poland, I learned, is considered a “heaven for craft beer,” and is one of the fastest-growing areas in Europe. Because they’re not bound by limitations like German Purity Law, many brewers are traveling to Poland to brew with them.
“We attract craft beer stars from around the world: Mikkeller, The Alchemist, Camba, Pizza Boy Brewing.”
The beer that Browas Stu Mostów and Pizza Boy collaborated on is set to release in March. At that time, they’ll release part two to the above video.
And **hopefully** some of that beer will make its way over here for us to try.