Warsaw’s life-saving source
In the night from 2nd to 3rd August 1944, the brewery was taken over by soldiers of the “Chrobry I” battalion. And so, in essence, the brewery quickly became the granary of the battling capital. Barley that was in storage, was used to feed the population, and somehow keep the literally starving Warsaw alive. Cereal grains were issued as food allowances to civilians and the home-army. The infamous “spit soup” was made from these grain allowances, (even after cooking, it was still necessary to spit-out barley husks that were in the soup).
But not only food was stored at the Grzybowska Street factory. In the cellars of the brewery where once thousands of bottles of beer stood waiting to be sold, now there could be found large supplies of arms and munitions.
Despite the massive efforts of the fire brigade, some of the brewery’s buildings burned down during the Warsaw Uprising, and after the surrender, the Germans plundered whatever was worth taking, and set fire to the rest. The brewery ceased to exist. After the war the overall destruction to the brewery was assessed at about 70%. Of all the machinery that was transported out of Warsaw, all that was reclaimed, were the machines from the Vodka and Liqueur factory on Ceglana Street.