POLONAISE APA:  American Pale Ale

The polonaise is a dance of Polish origin in 3/4 time. Its name is French for “Polish.”! The polonaise had a rhythm quite close to that of the Swedish semiquaver or sixteenth-note polska, and the two dances have a common origin. Polonaise is a widespread dance in carnival parties. Polonaise is always a first dance at a studniówka (“hundreddays”) Polonaise is a Polish dance and is one of the five historic national dances of Poland NE MPLS is home to many polish decedents and historic “Nye’s Polonaise Room”

This is an easy drinking American pale ale. It has a dark golden color and pleasant citrus aroma. The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness and finishes with tones of grapefruit which lingers after each sip. It is a favorite among the staff.

It is brewed with 3 different malts and 3 different hops.

Pairs well with: Burgers or Fish, Gorgonzola

ABV: 5.4%   IBU: 38   SRM: 11


On a frosty spring morning, Nanska Duda stepped onto the Minneapolis Soo line platform to follow his dream, an authentic Polska Piwiarnia (Polka beer Hall).

Back in the old country, polka beer halls were all the rage but the new government had been clamping down on such venues in accordance with “new policies” installed.

As a member of the of the infamous Qui Pro Quo cabaret polka troupe, Nanska always dreamed of his owning his very own Polska Piwiarnia but the new policies prohibited any new Polska Piwiarnia from popping up. With prohibition now lifted in America, Nanska’s dream led him to the states and finally the beautiful Northeast Minneapolis.

Months earlier, Nanska’s Brewmaster twin brother Heimi (the Piwiarnia side of the business) had sailed to America. He found the perfect place to Piwiarnia in a warehouse just off Marshall Avenue and was ready for Nanska to set up Polska. Before you could say, “Ole Moley”, the polka beer hall “Double P” was open for business.

As Heimi tells it, The Piwiarnia was a smash. His American Pale Ale was the hit of the hall. The Polska on the other hand…. Nanska didn’t factor-in Swedes, Fins or even Norske gracing the floors of the “Double P”.

To appease this emerging melting pot of immigrants, the Polska needed a saucier step, one in ¾ time and something perhaps new the community, but yet authentic to the Polish roots. And so the Polonaise (French for Polish) Piwiarnia was born into Northeast legend.

In the spirit of the twin’s Polska Piwiarnia prowess, 56 Brewing is proud to present to you an easy drinking American pale ale, dark golden in color with a pleasant citrus aroma. The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness and finishes with tones of grapefruit which lingers after each sip.

Years later after opening up their 4th Polonaise Piwiarnia in St. Paul, The Brew
master always like to tell his new patrons, When the Polska wasn’t showing a profit, it was he, Heimi who saved his brothers hinny!