Poland Beer

Today in 1918, Poland proclaimed themselves a Republic.


Poland Breweries

Poland Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: The Union of Brewing Industry Employers in Poland / Polish Brewers

National Regulatory Agency: Agricultural Market Agency (Agencja Rynku Rolnego)

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Poland follows EU Regulations

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC % Varies Note: 0.02% (driving license banned from six months up to three years, prison up to one month), 0.05% (driving license banned from 1 year to 10 years, prison up to two years). Limits and penalties for riding the bicycles are same as for motorized vehicles. Almost half of people imprisoned for drunk driving were riding bicycles.


  • Full Name: Republic of Poland
  • Location: Central Europe, east of Germany
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Polish (official) 97.8%, other and unspecified 2.2%
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 89.8% [about 75% practicing], Eastern Orthodox 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%, other 0.3%, unspecified 8.3%
  • Capital: Warsaw (Warszawa)
  • Population: 38,415,284; 33rd
  • Area: 312,685 sq km, 70th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than New Mexico
  • National Food: Bigos; Pierogi; Kotlet schabowy; Żurek
  • National Symbols: White Eagle; corn poppy; Alder; the old Castle; Vistula River
  • Affiliations: UN, EU, NATO
  • Independence: Republic proclaimed, November 11, 1918 / Notable earlier dates: The adoption of Christianity, traditional founding date, A.D. 966 / Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth created, July 1, 1569


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None (to drink); 18 (to buy) [Note: Section 15.1 Clearly states that buyers must be at least 18 and prove it with ID if they look like they may not be at least that age. According to the International Center for Alcohol Policies, as of February 2007, the minimum age for alcohol consumption is 18 years of age.]
  • BAC: 0.02%
  • Number of Breweries: 68


  • How to Say “Beer”: piwo
  • How to Order a Beer: Yed-no peev, proshe
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Na zdrowie / Vivat
  • Toasting Etiquette: Expect frequent toasting throughout the meal. The host offers the first toast. Do not begin drinking until your host has proposed a toast to everyone at the table. If your host stands when proposing a toast, so should you. Toasts are only made with hard liquor (generally vodka). You should reciprocate with your own toast later in the meal. If you propose a toast it is important to maintain eye contact. You may also toast your hosts or the success of the business venture. The most common toast being “Na zdrowia!” (pronounced nah ZDRO-vee-ah, meaning “To your health!”). Alcohol is served in small glasses so you can swallow in one gulp.


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 56%
  • Wine: 13%
  • Spirits: 31%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 9.55
  • Unrecorded: 3.70
  • Total: 13.25
  • Beer: 4.72

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 9.6 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None


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