Greek beers you have to taste at your holidays in Greece

Greece is famous around the world for its wines and spirits like ouzo and raki. Over the past years, serious efforts have been made in the production of local beer and with great results. Local microbreweries opened around mainland Greece and the islands offering a wide variety of beers with different aromas and colours.

I am a big fan of beer, and whenever I am given the opportunity, I try to taste a new one. So when I  found out that Manas Kouzina Kouzina has the largest collection of micro- brewery beers in the city I decided to take my friends and go.

Delicious food in Manas Kouzina Kouzina
Delicious food in Manas Kouzina Kouzina

Manas Kouzina Kouzina is a restaurant in the heart of Athens and specifically in Agias Irini’s square near Monastiraki. It serves traditional Greek food from specific regions around the country. Apart from the largest collection of Greek beers they have a variety of Greek wines and spirits.  Everything that is served in Manas Kouzina Kouzina is produced by small and medium producers around Greece.

After ordering some food to go with the beer, John Spathas told us a few things about the beers in store and helped us decide which ones to taste.

photo courtesy of John Spathas
photo courtesy of John Spathas

Here is a list of the Greek beers you have to taste in Greece:

Beers from Mainland Greece

ALI I.P.A

Produced in: Thessaloniki

Light in alcohol content and bitterness, this amber coloured beer from Thessaloniki is very aromatic with citrus notes. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized.

John Spathas is telling us about ALI I.P.A beer
John Spathas is telling us about ALI I.P.A beer

Argos Star

Produced in: Argolis

This lager marries the sweetness of malt with the bitter of hops. Fruity, subtle tastes.  The aftertaste is sweet, leaving behind the bitter elements.

photo courtesy of John Spathas
photo courtesy of John Spathas

Odyssey White Rhapsody

From: Atalanti

This golden coloured beer is topped with nice white foam.  Defined by its aromas of fruit, herbs, straw and some light and spicy notes. Average body with gentle carbonation.

Vergina Premium Lager

Produced in: Macedonia

Featuring a light and fresh flavour, this premium lager is special thanks to its selected hop aromas.

Photo courtesy of John Spathas
Photo courtesy of John Spathas

Vergina Red

Produced in: Macedonia

Intense and full-bodied, featuring a fine amber colour, Vergina Red boasts a fruity aroma reminiscent of exotic fruits, berries and honey.

Vergina Weiss

Produced in: Macedonia

This sparkling beer with a cloudy appearance has a rich fruity aroma, reminiscent of clove and banana.

Voreia Wit

Produced in: Serres

With its cloudy golden colour and medium white foam, Voreia Wit features a bit of bitterness and dryness with a bit of caramel aromas. The flavour is dry with a hint of sweet almond in the mouth.

EZA Premium Pilsener

Produced in: Atalanti

The taste is a testament to the historic brewery: tawny with body, aroma and bitterness.  This foam is rich and long with a slightly fruity and bitter taste at the end.

Zeos Pilsner

Produced in: Argos

This full bodied pilsner is full bodied with a light flowery aroma and hint of fruit.  Crisp on the palate with a long aftertaste.

photo courtesy of John Spathas
photo courtesy of John Spathas

Zeos Black Mark

Produced in: Argos

This full-bodied beer features a velvety texture, medium bitterness with a caramel flavour and the aroma of roasted coffee. Black Mak is a genuine unpasteurized beer.

Blue Island – Pear Delight

Produced in: Atalanti

This fresh beverage is a perfect alcohol substitute with a fresh pear aroma and taste. A gluten- and alcohol-free drink.

Beers from the Greeks Islands

Fresh Chios Beer

Produced in: Chios island

Produced in Chios from selected malt varieties and whole hops, this unique beer is bottled without pasteurisation. It retains its flavour and other organoleptic characteristics.  Hops and citrus aromas dominate its taste while the body is rich with fruits and a touch of bitterness.

Photo courtesy of John Spathas
Photo courtesy of John Spathas

Chios Smoked Porter

Produced in: Chios island

This black coloured beer with a full, thick and creamy head has aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Medium lacing, good retention and light acidity.

Corfu Red Ale

Produced in: Corfu

Known for its lightweight yet distinctive flavour, this ale’s malt and hops are equally balanced with fruity flavours of orange, lemon and grape. Slightly caramel with a moderate aftertaste.

DSC06102-minMarea Beer

From: Evia island

Marea beer is a double malt ale produced from five gain malts. It owns a distinct robust taste and the aroma of citrus and dried fruits.  Unfiltered and unpasteurized, Marea beer is a deep golden colour beer with orange highlights. Notice the slightly sweet taste of the malt while the bitterness of the hops leaves a distinct aftertaste.

Nisos Pilsner

From: Tinos island

Born on the Cycladic island of Tinos, Nisos is a rich flavoured beer with excellent aromas.

photo courtesy of John Spathas
photo courtesy of John Spathas

Septem 8th Day

Produced in: Evia island

Three types of hops are incorporated in this classic India pale ale which boasts scents of citrus and peach.  It has an aromatic character with a long aftertaste.

Photo courtesy of John Spathas
Photo courtesy of John Spathas

Septem Thursday’s Red Ale

Produced in: Evia island

Coloured reddish brown, this Irish red ale beer is known for its moderate sweetness, caramel flavours, distinct hop aroma and mild bitter finish.

Volkan Black

Produced in: Santorini

This 100% Greek porter beer owns an excellent texture, flavour and aroma. Taste the local honey, citrus fruits and the unique lava rock filter basalt from Santorini.

Volkan Grey

Produced in: Santorini island

With a bright, refreshing taste, this beer boasts aromas of bergamot as well as lime and lemon blossom. It finishes sweetly thanks to the inclusion of Santorini honey.  The foam is medium length.

Photo courtesy of John Spathas
Photo courtesy of John Spathas

There are more Greek beers from microbreweries available around Greece. So when traveling keep your eyes open.

Have you tried any Greek beer?

Which one is your favourite?

 

Manas Kouzina Kouzina

Aiolou 27, Athens

210 3252335, 210 3235593

 

Special thanks to John Spathas and Manas Kouzina Kouzina for helping me with this post.

2 Comments

  • I’ve been to Greece twice with the last time being in 2007. Mythos was the only beer I tried the last time. However, I was able to try the Volkan Black in Banff, Alberta earlier this year at a Greek restaurant. And I tried Fix Hellas at Toronto’s Greek festival this Summer. Both beers were excellent, by the way. When did Volkan Black come out, though? My last trip to Greece included a three day stay on Santorini, but I don’t recall seeing Volcan Black or Volcan Grey being available at all.

    • Hey Ray , – Ive been a fan of Fix Hellas for a long time. First tasted on semester abroad program to Greece in 1973. Don’t know if it is the same though as I heard that Heineken bought Fix.

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