Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Packaging Pleasure: Podpiwek

There's a Polish grocer not too far from me that sells all sorts of delightful specialty products, including sour cherries in jars, poppyseed filling for pastries, and various hard-to-find grains. They also carry Podpiwek, a mixture of dried beets, barley, chicory root, sugar, and hops.

Yes, I bought it because of the package. I'm a sucker for the retro look, and this has definitely got that 1950s-does-16th-century aesthetic. (And if you love that look, check out this nifty vintage paper bag I found in an old hat!)

This is what the contents look like:

Since it has chicory root, I kind of assumed it was a replacement for coffee, so I brewed myself up a cup.

That was a mistake.

This stuff is actually used to make a weak, 3- to 5-day-old beer. Of course if I had noticed that the man on the front is holding a mug of frothing beer, I could have saved myself an unpleasant experience.


  1. I too go for something, read instructions later. Always ends up bad!!

    1. In my defense, the instructions were in Polish.

  2. Well it is a cute package anyone could make that mistake ;).

  3. I've never heard of Podpiwek before but I would have bought this package too because of its nice picture. Will you make beer from this later? I'm curious of the result. Maybe you can use the mixture for seasoning chutneys or else. Perhaps that would give an interesting flavour to the sauce. But that's very experimental and one must accept miscarriage.


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