I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio recently. My wife is from Cleveland and it's a great beer town. So I love C-Town.
There are a lot of Poles in Cleveland. Not the metal things – though there are probably a lot of those. I'm talking about people of Polish descent. Our recent visit happened to coincide with an annual Polish festival with a fantastic name: Dyngus Day (http://clevelanddyngus.com/history.htm) . In honor of Dyngus Day, many local breweries made Polish beers to acknowledge the festival.
Which is how I tasted my first (and second) gratzer.
What's a gratzer? In short, it's a smoked wheat beer. Gratzer (or grodziskie) is an ale that is light in color, delicate, smokey, a tad tart and all refreshing. They are meant to be low-alcohol refreshers and the two I had were satisfyingly so on a couple of hot spring days....