Ouzo, raki, mastiha, tsipouro, wine, homemade liqueur. Now you can add beer to the list of the most popular beverages and liqueurs in Greece. It has its own long history – the first beer factory was founded in 1864! Today, microbreweries throughout Greek produce their own distinctive, unpasteurized, unfiltered beer. New flavours and new experiences, with their own Greek stamp of authenticity!
The history of beer in Greece
The history of beer in Greece begins in the late 19th century, with the famous brewery of Ioanni Fix. Its flagship factory on Syngrou Avenue is a monument of industrial architecture in Athens, and will soon be opening its doors again as the new National Museum of Contemporary Art. Greeks love drinking beer – refreshing and enjoyable, during the afternoon or at night, at celebrations of any kind, at parties, cafes, bars or at home.
In recent years, Greece has discovered microbrewing. From Argos, Messinia, Patras and Evia to Crete, Santorini, Tinos, Chios, Corfu, Rhodes and Piraeus, Greek microbreweries are on the rise, creating flavourful little miracles.
Greek brewers – once professors, pharmacists, chemists, enologists – decided to devote themselves to experimenting with beer. Their allies: the mild Greek climate, the natural fresh water springs, hops and grains, together with other ingredients used to make their beer taste good, such as pure aromatic Greek honey, citrus, spices and flowers. Yes, Greek beer is here and is determined to deliver rare, flavourful enjoyment. Just give it the attention it deserves.
Beer in Greece: imagination and flavour
In Greece, beer has one motto: quality over quantity. The result exceeds expectations: imaginative, smooth and original beer, with a designation of origin. Equally imaginative as the flavours are the designs of the bottles and their colourful labels. Award-winning beers with gold medals from international competitions, famous not just in Greece but throughout the world.
One of these has even achieved the status of ‘top three best beers in the world’ at the international beer festival in Venice.
Organic, premium, draft, craft, pilsner. Blonde, brown, amber, black. Single or dual fermentation. Aromatic beers, that are meant to be enjoyed fresh, because as the brewers say, it’s important to immediately enjoy the taste and aromas of the hops. Beers in the afternoon, hanging out at the beach with friends, to accompany the evening’s entertainment, or for culinary enjoyment equivalant to that of wine. They are all wonderful and invite you to discover them.
Secrets of Greek microbreweries
The tasting palate for beer in Greece seems endless, and the smell of the breweries is intoxicating.
The first Greek microbrewery began in 1997. Today, at least 20 more of these brewers are operating in some of the most beautiful destinations in Greece. The brewers that are responsible for this famous and beloved beverage organise beer festivals in the places where it’s produced, as well as in large venues in Athens, that include tastings and seminars.
According to the experts, fresh Greek beer contains all the nutritional value of the grains: “The beer that we produce contains only malt from barley, hops, yeast and water.” It’s produced using traditional methods: it’s fermented and aged in specially-refrigerated tanks, fermentation happens at 15 degrees and the maturing process lasts from one to four weeks. ” And that is why tasting this beer is a unique experience. After a beer-tasting, a German journalist from ZDF said: “Greeks have also succeeded with beer.” Get to know its flavour and indulge in its pleasure, with a backdrop of one of the most beautiful countries in the world!