About

Within only 6 years of craft brewing experience Polish beer market changed rapidly. Around 200 new breweries emerged (the original number tripled), similar amount of craft beer pubs, and only last year more than 2000 new beers were released. Surprisingly, the quality goes with the quantity and the beer revolution, fuelled up by experienced homebrewers, matures quickly. We’re learning fast. From America, the Nordic countries, Belgium, Italy and more. Orphaned from the craft beer culture we have to create everything from scratch. With our own rules.

Within only less than a decade of craft brewing experience the Polish beer market changed rapidly. Around 300 new breweries emerged (the original number tripled), similar amount of craft beer pubs, and only last year more than 2000 new beers were released. Surprisingly, the quality goes with the quantity and beer revolution, fuelled up by experienced homebrewers, matures quickly. We’re learning fast. From America, the Nordic countries, Belgium, Italy and more. Orphaned from the craft beer culture we have to create everything from scratch. With our own rules.

Oh yes, we love to experiment. With smoked malts, traditional hops, spices, kveik yeast that ferment the beer at 111°F (44°C), pickled cucumbers and many, many more. Sometimes it’s stupid, sometimes it’s funny and sometimes it just works. We love to try new stuff, to experience new tastes and flavours. Every quarter of a year there are new trends among craft breweries and beer drinkers. We’re masters in brewing smooth Baltic Porters and low-percentage, smoked Grodziskie beer. We create tastes that can’t be found anywhere else.

About the Festival

The Warsaw Beer Festival is organized twice a year, every spring and autumn. It takes place at within the covered VIP area of the Legia Warsaw Municipal Stadium in the heart of the Polish capital. Each edition gathers around 20 000 participants for a three-day-long event. Because of the limited space, we are able to present only around 60 of the very best Polish craft breweries (neither corporations nor big market players are allowed).

After more than half a decade, the Warsaw Beer Festival has become the most prestigious craft beer festival in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, setting trends for the whole industry in the CEE region and beyond. With almost as many as 1000 beers on 450 taps and more than 120 premieres, it’s impossible not to find a pint you’ll fall in love with.

But the Warsaw Beer Festival is not only about beer: we’ve prepared many other attractions such as the best Polish food-trucks, table football tournaments, pinball machines, specialized lectures, tasting sessions, discussions and truly a lot more. You can spend the whole weekend on the stadium experiencing the incredible atmosphere and meeting great people. And most people do.

People

At the next edition we’re expecting around 20 thousand people. Those are – among others – the most important figures of the young Polish craft beer scene: brewers, homebrewers, brewery owners, importers, pub owners, bloggers, beergeeks and future brewers. Most of them are looking for inspiration.

Organizers

Jacek Materski is a co-owner of the first Polish craft brewery Artezan and one of the most experienced beer judges in Poland. He recently opened his Artezan Craft Beer Pub in Warsaw.

Paweł Leszczyński is a homebrewer and also an experienced beer judge. He specialises in sensory trainings.