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Taste of Polonia 2009 Chicago, Illinois


sledz 23 | 2,250  
11 Jul 2009 /  #1
Its almost time for some good music, food and Piwo:)

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sadieann 2 | 205  
11 Jul 2009 /  #2
I'll drink to that..Good music.. Love Live Music! Chicago monapolis of Poles in US, we're only (last count) 3-4k strong. The best we have our party's at the Polish Home. May have to make a trip to Chicago. Better yet, soon I'm going to Poland, but I want to see More Polski in US. (That's are biggest importer) for ZWIEC and etc. We're small, but STRONG!
Arlene  
11 Jul 2009 /  #3
Yeah, I'll be there
plk123 8 | 4,148  
11 Jul 2009 /  #4
still the plan but you know how life is...
krysia 23 | 3,058  
12 Jul 2009 /  #5
No Alizma triplets this year, no good bands, same-o same-o but might come anyway. Maybe....
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
12 Jul 2009 /  #6
Oh, come on Krysia. Could you live without the TOP now? It is a tradition! Having some good polish food, walking around...This is IT! Hey, see you there. Right?
krysia 23 | 3,058  
12 Jul 2009 /  #7
Its almost time for some good music, food and Piwo:)

Yeah, I'll be there

Hey, see you there.

Sure it always nice and fun to get together and see everybody. Maybe more people from the forum will come too this year.
Arlene  
12 Jul 2009 /  #8
Yes, it would be fun meeting you all. Don't forget what time are you going be there!!

Don't be surprise when you see me. I am not young chick like you. I am older chick and goofing around too. I am not dirty old lady also. I have nephews and nieces over 21 years and have great grand niece who is 3 years old. I love mingle with young people. I am not crabby lady. I dance Polka too. Oops.
OP sledz 23 | 2,250  
5 Sep 2009 /  #9
The party started last night:)
NPosuniak 8 | 91  
5 Sep 2009 /  #10
Take some pics for the people who can't go?
OP sledz 23 | 2,250  
7 Sep 2009 /  #11
Is Eurola is the only one who went????

Im going there today:)

Take some pics for the people who can't go?

I dont think anybody really cares on this forum dude?????
grzybami 4 | 27  
8 Sep 2009 /  #12
I went: it was a blast!

My wife and I brought a friend and his kids from here in Indiana. They're not familiar with Polish food, so we shared a ton of kiełbasa, gołąbki, and several kinds of pierogi. They raved about it into the next day. (Our friend raved about the cute Polish girls even longer.)

They've already expressed an interest in returning next year, so we're going to treat them to some kiełbasa and Alexandra's pierogi from our freezer the next time we visit.
OP sledz 23 | 2,250  
8 Sep 2009 /  #13
They're not familiar with Polish food, so we shared a ton of kiełbasa, gołąbki, and several kinds of pierogi.

It was good food, I bought the dinner for $10 and I couldnt finish all of it.

That Stawski beer was very tasty I never heard of it before and didnt see any Okocim?


Eurola 4 | 1,909  
9 Sep 2009 /  #14
Good job with the video Sledzik. It looks like they had a lot of people on Monday as well. Yeah..this year was not as good as the last, but the food and piwo were still great!
grzybami 4 | 27  
9 Sep 2009 /  #15
That Stawski beer was very tasty I never heard of it before and didnt see any Okocim?

It was very tasty. I'm not sure exactly what it was, unfortunately. It's not listed on the Stawski web site, and when I asked the guy at the booth what kind of beer they had, he just said, "Polish or Lithuanian." (From the web site, I assume that the Lithuanian one is Kalnapilis.)

Okocim is no longer listed on the site, either. I'm wondering whether Stawski is no longer the importer. The last time I paid any attention though, the label on the Okocim in my basement still listed them as the importer. I'll have to double-check.
OP sledz 23 | 2,250  
10 Sep 2009 /  #16
I assume that the Lithuanian one is Kalnapilis.)

Yes, I tried one of them also but liked the Strawski better:)

Ill look around in the store for it, maybe its a new beer they were trying to promote?

The last couple years Okocim was the big sponsor.

Yeah..this year was not as good as the last, but the food and piwo were still great!

They had a Pink Floyd band on Monday,, so it was good for me:)
beckski 12 | 1,617  
10 Sep 2009 /  #17
They had a Pink Floyd band on Monday

That sounds like fun. We've got Lynyrd Skynyrd band performing on Sunday, in L.A.
I can't wait!
frd 7 | 1,401  
10 Sep 2009 /  #18
Let me guess, with Morrison from the Doors?

As for the event, looks really cool.. have fun everyone : o
beckski 12 | 1,617  
10 Sep 2009 /  #19
Let me guess, with Morrison from the Doors?

Oh don't I wish. What a pity, I couldn't resurrect his body from his gravesite, when I visited Paris, France. It would have been nice to hear Jim play a few tunes.
OP sledz 23 | 2,250  
10 Sep 2009 /  #20
We've got Lynyrd Skynyrd band performing on Sunday, in L.A

Let me guess, with Morrison from the Doors?

I think theres one surviving orginal member left? Theyre still a good band:)

FREEBIRD!!!!! LOL

Gimmie back my bullets, simple man, tuesdays gone all classics:)

I couldn't resurrect his body from his gravesite, when I visited Paris, France

Were there alot of people hanging around there,,like hippies?
beckski 12 | 1,617  
10 Sep 2009 /  #21
Not really, it was pretty cleaned up when I went there. I was expecting to see crazy scenes of the Morrison Hotel, like in the movie, "The Doors."

I wanted to steal some pepples from Jim's grave, as souvenirs. But... both my sis and the cemetery's guard wouldn't let me, lol.
frd 7 | 1,401  
10 Sep 2009 /  #22
When I was at Père Lachaise there weren't any hippies there. And it was after his tombstone got destroyed - the torso sculpture was missing, but there were no guards around..
grzybami 4 | 27  
10 Sep 2009 /  #23
Ill look around in the store for it, maybe its a new beer they were trying to promote?

Please let us know if you find anything out.

The polish beer that you had was either Stawski Premium Lager or Perla Monce. Okocim was bought out by Carlsberg Company and the Okocim beer that you have with Stawski as the importer is almost 2 yeas old ( so don't drink it ).

Since the server did advise me that it was a stronger than average beer, I assume that what I had was the Perła Mocna. Maybe I'll just pick up some of both the next time I'm in town. (And yes, I'm going to drink my "vintage" Okocim anyway. It still tastes just fine to me!)
regionpolski 33 | 153  
15 Sep 2009 /  #24
There'll be fresh Okocim in Indiana in around two weeks. We are expecting a shipment in a week. It will hit the stores shortly thereafter. It'll be in Lake County, Indiana only.
OP sledz 23 | 2,250  
15 Sep 2009 /  #25
and the Okocim beer that you have with Stawski as the importer is almost 2 yeas old ( so don't drink it ).

That sounds strange, they have to sell alot of Okocim here in Chicago?

You can purchase Stawski Premium Lager at any Binny's Locations in the Chicagoland area

Binny`s is like the Walmart of booze they have everything:)
I havent seen it at the store by my house yet?

(And yes, I'm going to drink my "vintage" Okocim anyway. It still tastes just fine to me!)

Na zdrowie:)

There'll be fresh Okocim in Indiana in around two weeks. We are expecting a shipment in a week. It will hit the stores shortly thereafter. It'll be in Lake County, Indiana only

Why only Indy,
Because of the distributor territory?
regionpolski 33 | 153  
15 Sep 2009 /  #26
regionpolski:
There'll be fresh Okocim in Indiana in around two weeks. We are expecting a shipment in a week. It will hit the stores shortly thereafter. It'll be in Lake County, Indiana only

Why only Indy,Because of the distributor territory?[/quote]

As I understand it, Okocim from Stawski was sold to one distributor in Chicagoland. However, Stawski was a direct importer, as well as a wholesaler. As a direct importer, Stawski sold to several wholesalers, in addition to operating as a wholesaler in Chicagoland. Other wholesalers ordered direct shipment from Poland through Carlsberg USA (now Beverage Alliance). The one wholesaler in Chicago was stuck with thousands upon thousands of cases, kegs etc.

We will only sell in Indiana because that's the law in every state. Wholesalers can't sell beer across state lines. A direct importer, such as Stawski, could sell to other wholesalers in any state.
OP sledz 23 | 2,250  
15 Sep 2009 /  #27
Im sure they keep a close eye on them also,

I found the Strawski Piwo at Wallys market as soon as I walked into the liquor dept.
They had cases stacked on the floor and in the cooler along side the Okocim

So I picked myself up a 12er and I am now re- testing out the flavor:)

Its tastes similar to Okocim but doesnt have that bitter taste to it:)

Na zdrowie!!!!
krysia 23 | 3,058  
16 Sep 2009 /  #28
doesnt have that bitter taste to it

All beer is bitter.
How can anyone drink that świństwo is beyond me...
Carrot juice is much tastier and healthier.
pgtx 30 | 3,156  
16 Sep 2009 /  #29
and you eventually get that kick after drinking more than 2 gallons of it...
grzybami 4 | 27  
16 Sep 2009 /  #30
There'll be fresh Okocim in Indiana in around two weeks. We are expecting a shipment in a week. It will hit the stores shortly thereafter. It'll be in Lake County, Indiana only.

And I still can't get any Polish beer locally! :-(

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