Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

The Beer That's Poles Apart from Our Own

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

The Beer That's Poles Apart from Our Own

Article excerpt

MY SHOUT

with Simon Irwin

I REMEMBER reading a story about John Fitzgerald Kennedy when he was running for office early in his career as a politician.

JFK was in the Polish part of some city and the speakers who preceded him had done a fantastic job of absolutely butchering the difficult Polish surnames.

Things had got so bad the crowd was starting to boo and jeer each mispronunciation.

JFK got up and said every name with its plethora of Zs and Ys and Ws and Ks perfectly - and the crowd roared its approval.

He had gone to the trouble to learn how to say them properly, and it was worth every tongue-tying moment.

I was reminded of this last weekend when Hugh the Neighbour and I sat down to try a couple of beers from the Zywiec brewery in Poland.

Even after listening to Google telling us how to pronounce it, neither of us had much success in getting it right.

This, fortunately, did not interfere with our enjoyment of the Original Beer and the porter that were available at our local Chapel of St Dan's. …

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