CRETE CRAFT BEER GUIDE
Updated: May 29
Part One - Eastern Crete
Craft Beers of Crete - the good stuff.
Let’s start with the obvious & get the basics right:
1- We’re big time craft beer fans - dare I say geeks
2- We love to travel
3- We care about the Earth, oceans & eco-friendly choices, at our very core
We decided to link those three elements together and created Greece’s very first
Craft Beer Walking Tour. It’s about time!
We’re showcasing the craft beer scene of Greece & Crete through our non-touristy tours. Kicking off 2021 in Chania, Crete with our Beer and the City tours. Until you can savour these fresh brews yourselves with us, on this lush sea & mountain island, we’ve gathered all the Craft Beer Cretan Breweries in one place here for all you craft beer enthusiasts.
Just think that until 2018, there were less than a handful of breweries in all of the vast island of Crete (the largest of all the Greek islands). Now, in the span of only three years, the number has jumped to 11… and counting. Heck yes.
So look no further for your Crete Craft Beer Guide -
we’ve done the leg work!
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THE CRETE CRAFT BEER GUIDE. PART ONE: EASTERN CRETE
HERAKLION - Crete’s lively capital
Beer people to the core. Strong teamwork. Good times.
Alibaba's beer cave. We’re not kidding. These five “brothers” take beer seriously & passionately and have created a stellar micro-brewery with a wide variety of styles and seasonal varieties, not to mention their terrific standard all-year selection. They’re the first brewery in Heralkion and of on the first in Crete, beginning all the way back in 2010. Hats off to them!
The guys behind Notos are casual, low-profile, with strong team work & eclectic backgrounds. Take it from us; go to their brewery with a designated driver or a taxi because they pour generously in the glass and from the spirit.
SOLO BEER BREWERY
Pros. Clear vision. Character.
Solo claims to make craft beer with soul; holy smokes, do they deliver. It’s something you can taste in every sip. From the team behind the bottle to the finished product, they embody a harmony of elements; people, ingredients, labour, philosophy & enjoyment. Since 2015, joining Cretan and Norwegian roots, they’ve been developing the right balance between those elements and creating craft beer must-drinks. No wonder fans visit them from all over the world to see where these delicious brews come from. In addition to their great standard lineup, they strive to release monthly special releases; and we’re here with our beer-openers ready.
Beer-lab heaven. One-man show. Passion.
Downtown Heraklion, Kostas welcomes us into his tap room for a truly enjoyable time. Picture state of the art equipment, fresh barrels of epic beer & a warm friendly attitude. He mixes a range of 9+ hop varieties in his lineup collection; is an absolute delight for beer people. He serves remarkable beers & has already won Frankfurt International Trophies deservingly so for his Oatmeal Stout and Immortal IPA.
Kasta is an acronym; K for the man behind it all Kostas, A for his lovely wife Anna, S for their daughter Sofia, T for Tita the dog, A for the family name Antonakakis.
Watch out for these ones & get ready.
Foodie. Alchemist. Forward-thinker.
The “Barbas” is the friendly old man. Antonis is his first name.
All of Barbantonis’ beers share his character and uniqueness in every gulp. They are truly his creations. From a young age working in the family fields of the Lassithi Plateau in fertile inland Crete, he had ideas bigger than his village & society. He has lived many years abroad in Italy & Holland. Now back with his brewpub in Analipsi near Heraklion, this travelled man is eager for sharing stories, fresh ideas & great beer. You can feel the authenticity of his roots & connection to nature in what he brews.
Harvesting. Cooking. Drinking. Thinking. Brewing.
IERAPETRA - Crete’s Southern Seaside Town
The southernmost brewery in all Europe.
Located in Ierapetra on the South Eastern coast of Crete. We haven’t had the chance to meet the craftspeople behind the brewery yet & we’re so very stoked to do so. Although it was in January 2019 that they produced their first lineup available to the public, their brewing days began back in 2012. Their family roots and friendly style is right up our alley - so keep an eye out for our updates on this staple Cretan micro-brewery.
Stay tuned & sign up for the newsletter for next week’s blog:
Crete Craft Beer Guide - Part Two: Western Crete.
Until then, support your local craft brewery & cheers!