The Vodka Contract: Rediscovering Vodka in the Heart of Polish Brooklyn

  • MOFAD Lab 62 Bayard Street Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States

Discover the hidden history of Williamsburg's waterfront through a tale of entrepreneurship, romance, and war. At the second event in our Spring Spirits series, curator Elizabeth Koszarski-Skrabonja shares the dramatic story of how her father’s passion for vodka changed his life—and how he brought a taste of home to New York's Polish community in the form of three remarkable spirits: Zubrówka (bison grass vodka), Wisniówka (cherry vodka), and Wyborowa (pure rye vodka).
Join us for a lively celebration of vodka and its fascinating local history. Sample traditional Polish bites from educator and chef Karolina Gumpert. Taste Williamsburg’s newest cocktail, The Kościuszko Bridge, designed especially for this event by Joel Lee Kulp—owner of local watering holes The Richardson and Grand Ferry Tavern—featuring the complex, herbaceous, and elusive Żubrówka vodka. Enjoy live entertainment and pre-war Polish tango from Azuz Ensemble.


Co-presented by THE POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE NEW YORK, founded in 2000, a diplomatic mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, operating in the area of public diplomacy. The PCINY is one of 24 such institutes around the world. It is also an active member of the network of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in its New York cluster.
The Institute’s mission is to disseminate around the world comprehensive knowledge of Poland, Polish history and national heritage, as well as to promote Poland’s contemporary contributions to the success of world culture. The Institute does so through initiating, supporting and promoting collaboration between Poland and the United States in the areas of art, education, research and in many other aspects of intellectual and social life. The Institute’s main task to ensure Polish participation in the programming of America’s most important cultural institutions as well as in large international initiatives.