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Bractwo Piwne celebrates its 18 years

Bractwo Piwne celebrates its 18 years

At an event celebrated in Lodz on 28 September 2013, the Polish Beer Brotherhood (Bractwo Piwne) celebrated its 18 anniversary.

The history of the association dates back to late 80 's and early 90 's which was a period of big political and economic changes in Poland. During this time many political parties appear, including the Polish Party of Beer, which united in its ranks members of various origins and interests. After the collapse of the party and changes in Polish legislation related to organised civil society representatives a group of former members and some enthusiastic students decided to pursue together their common interest for beer and created in Łódź in 1995 an organisation with the aim popularize beer and its convivial nature under the denomination of Beer Brotherhood - Society for the Promotion of Beer Culture (Bractwo Piwne – Towarzystwo Promocji Kultury Piwa).

The new association progressively developed its size by setting circles in various cities, with variable sort. Currently exist local branches in Lodz, Zgierz, Czestochowa and Kraków. Through the local branches members belong to the Beer Brotherhood.

The key goals of beer culture promotion activities are done through the organisation of events, competitions and the delivery of awards to brewers and on-trade premises. The association also cooperates with Polish brewers associations for the goals of responsible beer consumption or beer diversity and participated in various joint initiatives.

The appreciation of merits to those who contributed to beer culture are done through the delivery of the Golden Hop medals. Among them also features one of the EBCU founders and former Chairman Terry Lock.

The wish to keep strong ties with EBCU has always been a priority of all Grand Masters of the association since its foundation (Lech Pietrzak, Zbigniew Olobry, Marek Suliga) and the joining of Bractwo Piwne to EBCU in 2000. Since then EBCU meetings have been organised in 2000 in Łódź, in 2005 in Kraków and in 2011 in Gdansk.

The 18 years of the organisation are an important stage, which not only shows the association’s maturity, but also provides an incentive for new activities for the future aiming at enjoying good beers in Poland.


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It shows that continued thoughtless rises in beer excise can be stopped by combined effort of consumers and industry.


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TerryLock.jpg Video message from Terry Lock

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Ireland joins European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU)

press release

EBCU, “The Voice of the European Beer Consumer”, welcomed Ireland as a new member. With the admission of Irish beer consumer group Beoir, consumers in thirteen European countries are now cooperating to preserve and promote European beer culture. Launched on July 1st, 2010, Beoir is an independent group of consumers, which seeks greater choice, quality and value-for-money for the beer and cider drinkers of Ireland.

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