Brewery in Jędrzejów
The brewery in Jędrzejów is the second-oldest operating brewery in Poland. Here, we brew the private label beers for the largest retail chains in Europe.
Jędrzejów is undoubtedly the brewing capital of the Kielce region of central Poland, with a brewing tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. The Cistercian monks of the time played a major role in the formation of this tradition – their own brews met the demand of the local communities for centuries.
In 1817, private producers took up the centuries-old brewing heritage, and in 1823 an industrial brewery with an annual production capacity of 4,000 hectolitres was completed. 50 years later, Jan Frohlichen bought the brewery and significantly modernised it. Over the next 30 years, the brewery was completely rebuilt, and came to be known for its speciality Pilsners.
In the interwar period, the Jędrzejów brewery’s annual production stood at around 8,000 hectolitres of beer. Production was halted during the Second World War, resuming again once peace had been restored.
For nearly 50 years, the brewery was state owned. But in 1995, it too was privatised and began a new chapter in its history as the Małopolski Browar Strzelec. Its leading brew was Strzelec lager, which gained such popularity that production figures almost tripled in just a short period of time.
Van Pur became the owner of the Jędrzejów brewery in 2011, and since then has continued the centuries-old brewing tradition of that region. The brewery has at its disposal twelve fermentation tanks, and its own canning, bottling and kegging line. Today, it produces 350,000 hectolitres annually.