Like many other companies in the border region between Germany and Poland, the Browar Witnica S.A. looks back on an eventful history. It was founded in 1848 by Ernst Ferdinand Handke, at a time, when Witnica was called Vietz in German. Under the name of Sternbräu, the brewery won some regional fame. After the Second World War, the brewery was nationalized and frequently changed ownership between industrial malting and brewing complexes in Szczecin, Gorzów Wielkopolski, and Zielona Góra. After the political and economic changes, it won back its independence in 1991, was operated under different company names, and in 2007 it was close to financial ruin. However, since 2009, thanks to the help of an external investor, it was renovated and offers its product portfolio now all over Poland.
13th March 2011 saw us exploiting a beautiful spring day to visit this brewery. Unlike the majority of the mid-sized Polish breweries, Browar Witnica S.A. promised to host us in an inn named Karczma Piwosz located on the brewery’s premises – offering opening hours daily from 11:00 to 23:00 h.
We exploited the brewery’s buildings from outside and have been very amused about the fact that the brewery not only focuses on fruit flavoured beers, but offers a bathing beer, too. Well, whoever might like that… For me, beer is too good to bath in it, so I could only imagine medically indicated internal applications like kidney irrigations…
The disappointment did not hit us until the very end: Just when we wanted to enter the Karczma Piwosz, the friendly barmaid told us that the entire restaurant was reserved for a private party. As a sad result, we have not been able to taste the Witnica beers from tap, as we initially intended.
Browar Witnica S.A.
ulica Marii Konopnickiej 1