Tyskie Brewing Museum

The Tyskie Brewing Museum or Tyskie Browarium is a museum in Tychy in Silesia, Poland. It was established in 2004. The museum is an Anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage. [1] It is an object of cultural heritage in Silesia (259/10), and a Polish national monument (641660).

During a 2009 vote the brewery complex was voted as one of the "Seven Architectural Wonders of the Silesian Voivodeship."[2]


Tyskie beer has been on sale since 1629. The first brewery was founded by Princes of Promnitz who resided in a nearby castle in Pszczyna. The brewery, then called "Fürstliche Brauerei in Tichau", produced three kinds of beer: mailings, yeast and tableware. Only the high quality beer was intended for sale, and the other two were a beer allowance drunk mainly by brewers and their families.

In the early nineteenth century the brewery produced only two beverages: beer and Bavarian malt, both top-fermenting. Bavarian malt with a classical composition, saturated color was brown, sweet, calorie and low-hopped. The standard was the dark weak niskoekstraktowe, that was only for immediate consumption.

Prince Jan Henryk XI rebuilt the brewery 1861, he introduced a steam engine. Production rose to 100.000 hectoliters a year ranking the brewery among the largest beer producers in Europe. Many of today’s brewery buildings date back to this time. After the expansion and the introduction of bottom-fermenting, they started to produce beer in March, called Tyskie lager, a relatively short Bavarian beer. The first beers were light and were sold under the Książęce brand. The brewery was electrified in 1891 and was linked to the railway network in 1894.

In 1920 the first garage was built to house the delivery lorries. In the interwar period, popular brands from Tyskie were the Książęce Tyskie Pilsen, the Książęce Tyskie Export, the Książęce Tyskie full beer, and Tyskie Porter. The Second World War left the brewery almost ruined: it slowly recovered. At the start of the 1990s the Tyskie brewery was rapidly modernising and output rose. A new bottling and dispatching plant that went into operation in June 1998 and the brewery began work on restoring the historic factory buildings, some of which were now listed. Today the Tyskie Górny Śląsk brewery is owned by Kompania Piwowarska, itself a subsidiary of SABMiller established in Poland in 1999 as a result of the merger of two SABMiller owned Polish breweries, this one and the Lech Brewery Wielkopolski in Poznań. [1]


One of the most particularly splendid buildings is the brew house and its original technical equipment, that was originally built between 1916 and 1922.[1]


    1. "ERIH: Tyskie Brewing Museum". European Route of Industrial Heritage. 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
    2. "Znamy 7 cudów architektury województwa śląskiego". Slaskie.pl. 2009-10-09. Archived from the original on 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2014-03-07.

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