Tyskie Browary Książęce is the heart of Tyskie.
It is here, uninterruptedly for four centuries we are brewing lovers in Poland and in the world, including Tyskie. The earliest mention of the brewery is in the urnary from 1613. However, the date of its establishment is dated 1629, when it was first described this brewery belonging to the Promnice family.
Tyskie Browary Książęce is an extraordinary place.
Silesian architecture pearl, and at the same time a modern brewery. At the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century, the period of the Tyskie Browary prince flourished. It was the time when Prince John Henry XI Hochberg, the true visionary and then owner of the brewery, developed it, introducing innovative solutions for those times. Tyskie Browary Książęce remains one of the most modern breweries in Europe today.
Icon of Polish lager.
In 1866, Prince Jan Henry employed Julius Müller, the brewmaster of the Masters, who used the lower fermentation yeast in the brewing process at Tyskie Browar Książęcy. So was the beer that everyone wanted to try from now on.
At the end of the 19th century, Tyskie Brewery was one of the largest in Europe, and brewed beer called “Tychy Gold” reached Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig … In the interwar period, small quantities of beer even reached South America.
Progress in the service of brewing.
From the time Müller had struck the first batch of classic lager, the brewery was experiencing a real boom. Introduced here: brewery electrical lighting, malt and ice making machines, elevator for transporting barrels from a deckchair, first railway line and railway station for Tychow and automatic bottle shop.
Tyskie beer always tastes perfect, and closed fermentation technology (1960s) has been introduced to provide complete control over the highest quality beer. At the time, other breweries in Poland used only open fermenters.
Regardless of the historical period, the brewers’ aim was of prime quality. More than 100 years ago there was a laboratory where raw materials were tested and beer was checked to always be at the highest level. Since then, local beer has become a role model.
The tradition of brewing “Golden Tyches”, as Tyskie beer is described, has been passed down from generation to generation. The Brewery Technician was created here in the 1950s. To this day, almost every major brewery in Poland employs workers from this brewing school.
The years of Tyskie beer have brought many changes. The tradition of brewing did not, however, endanger the Second World War nor the subsequent nationalization. One remained unchanged. It is the passion of brewers from Tyskie Browary Książęce. Thanks to their care for the highest quality, the unique taste of Tyskie beer is enjoyed by people all over the world. All the interesting history of Tyskie beer in Brewery we invite you to the threshold of Tyskie Browary Książęce. We will break the clutch of our secrets, and you will tilt a pile of fresh Tychy brewed in the heart of the brewery.
A legend is born
“The manor enjoys notable brewing right, one can brew beer here every week, for it brings significant benefits. With an adjacent malt house, the brewery is equipped with a copper brew kettle and all kinds of brewing vessels – all that might serve well also for cattle and other needs.”
The first description of the brewery in Tychy, considered the official beginning of its existence, comes from a 1629 urbarium, which is a register of properties owned by the lords from Pszczyna.
Freedom of trade
The act on freedom of trade and craft, gave the tavern owners the right to choose their beer suppliers, while growing competition forced the brewery in Tychy to improve quality and increase production. Hop plantations in Tychy, Pszczyna, Suszec and other places were established and for the first time in the history hand-bottled beer was produced.
The great expansion of the brewery
The beginning of the great expansion of the brewery in Tychy, which owes its greatness to a visionary entrepreneur John Henry XI Hochberg, the Duke of Pszczyna. His impressive fortune encompassed 100 million marks in gold, estates with the surface area of almost 60 thousand hectares, and numerous industrial plants. His title gave name to the brewery.
A breakthrough in brewing
John Henry XI Hochberg first hired a brewmaster Julius Müller, and then the first director of the brewery. He implemented an innovative brewing method with the use of bottom-fermenting yeasts. Thanks to the new technology, beer production started growing rapidly, forcing further expansion and modernization of the brewery.
The most beautiful brewhouse
The construction of the fourth brewhouse started, which was completed only after the war in 1922. It operates to this day and remains one of the nicest parts of Tyskie Browary Książęce (the Duke’s Brewery in Tychy). The tiles covering its walls come from the grand-ducal manufacture in Karslruhe, while the modern equipment was delivered by the Weigelwerk company from Nysa and the Katowice branch of Siemens
The privatization process was completed. The new owners from the South African Breweries (SAB) launched extremely dynamic development processes, investing a great deal of money into cutting-edge technological solutions as well as renovation of the historical buildings of the Duke’s Brewery in Tychy.
Cervesarios – beer experts
The beginning of the cervesario programme, thanks to which our guides from Tychy and Poznań complemented their historical and brewing knowledge with skills from the field of sensorics and the art of serving beer. As the beer culture ambassadors, cervesarios conduct workshops in the breweries in Tychy and Poznań, and share their passion for the beverage at festivals, events and meetings outside of their walls.