Brewer: Żywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Location: Żywiec, Poland
Brew: 1881 Porter
Style: Baltic Porter
It’s fall and we’re happy to be back drinking dark beers. There’s something about the fall colors, leaves on the ground, and that heightened sense that winter in just around the corner that makes a dark beer so deliciously comforting. The 1881 Porter from Żywiec Breweries is one beer that checks all the required boxes for a fall beer and then some.
For starters, we love the Baltic Porter style. Deep, dark, rich malty coffee and black licorice flavors without the bitterness often associated with American style porters and stouts. This is one well-crafted (or maybe we should say one well-mastered) beer that tastes as if it’s been honed to perfection over the past 136 years to the point where it is today. The strange part about the 1881 is that it doesn’t drink like a 9.5% ABV malt beverage, it’s super smooth without an excessive boozy finish.
So, if you are a fan of dark beers like we are, and you’ve never experienced a Baltic style Porter, this is a beer you don’t want to miss. Hit up your local craft beer purveyor and ask for a Żywiec (Pronounced: "je-vi-ets") 1881 Porter.
Buzz: At $2.49 per bottle the 1881 is a straight-up bargain, especially when you consider it packs a 9.5% ABV punch. This beers schools so many other beers out there charging 5-6 times the price.
Buzzkill: Nothing. Nada. This beer hits all the marks and earns all the respect any 136-year old deserves. Okay, maybe one thing: Żywiec Breweries is owned by Heineken, one of the mega-brewery conglomerates, which we try to stay away from. But in this case, we’ll make an exception. Yes, it’s that good.