CRETE CRAFT BEER GUIDE II
Updated: May 29
Part Two - Western Crete
Ladies & gentlemen, look no further for your Crete Craft Beer Guide. We’ve done the leg work!
Craft Beers of Crete - the good stuff.
We’ve gathered all of Crete’s Craft Breweries in one place for easy access and to spotlight each one’s character. Here at Bonnie and Clyde Urban Tours we’re devoted to developing the network between craft beer breweries, beer enthusiasts and eco-responsible travel.
Here is Part Two: Western Crete, completing the Guide together with our previous article The Crete Craft Beer Guide. Part One: Eastern Crete.
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. We’re 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 sea and mountain island, we’ve gathered all the 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 huge island of Crete. Now, in the span of three years, the number has jumped to 11… & counting! Yes!
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THE CRETE CRAFT BEER GUIDE. PART TWO: WESTERN CRETE
CHANIA - Crete’s timeless & picturesque city
Belgian-Greek Fusion. White mountains. Summer beer-patio.
Visiting the Lafkas microbrewery on the outskirts of Chania City is a casual beer hangout with a playful twist. Picture a bright space with shiny fermenters, picnic tables, a state-of-the-art arcade tower, surfboards & beer patio. Michalis & Amélie brew their go-to Triple Hop Pale Ale, a standard craft brew in the region and across Greece. They brew one-off yearly brews with distinct character; this 2021 season, make sure to freshen up with their latest Orange Wit Chaniotissa.
Aficionados. Crew. Think outside the box.
This beer-loving squad has been turning heads for the past few years here in Chania & across the country. One of the few local micro breweries to offer their beer in barrels gives them a favourable edge; they’re able to ship their heavenly beers all across Greece & who knows where they’ll grow next. Meeting the fellows behind Xaos (pronounced “House”) was a refreshingly down-to-earth rendez-vous with a welcoming, professional & gung-ho beer team. Find their beers at craft beer bars & stores.
CHARMA: THE CRETAN BREWERY
Fresh. Innovators. On tap.
Charma (pronounced “Harma”) is one of the first pioneers of Cretan beer. It began in 2007 with a vision of providing a high-quality & taste, local option for Cretan beer drinkers. Their beers are available in barrels only, both at their brewery for organized visits and at various bars across Crete. They are eager to collaborate with other breweries & to try new recipes. The result: fresh beer that tastes really good.
Tradition. Pioneers. Dedication.
Located in Kissamos, Lyra has been a standard for Cretans looking for a well-made, easy-drinking, local beer. Their hand-crafted production is focussed on one single beer, the Golden Ale. Since 2012, this ale has established itself on the island & across Greece for locals and visitors as an alternative to the mass-produced light beers. We haven’t yet visited the brewery and we’re keen to meet the people behind this established micro brewery.
AZATIS BREWING LAB
The Rookie. Engineering mastermind. Brew-geek.
One of the newest brewers on the Cretan craft beer scene, Azatis is one to keep up with. This one-man operation is the fruit of a handy engineer with a passion for nothing less than terrific beer. His micro-brewery is impeccable, clever, engineered, creative & a true beer-lab. Beer brewing is essentially a fine balance between science and art; Azatis exemplifies this to the benefit of all beer lovers. Find the beer at craft beer pubs around Chania. Looking forward to what’s to come.
RETHYMNO - The low profile surprise of Crete
BRINK’S: RETHYMNIAN BREWERY
Eco-Responsibility. Their own style. Surprise.
Located in the outskirts of Rethymno, Brink’s is the new name of Rethymniaki Beer, due to the new law that does not allow names given by geographic areas. They are the longest-standing brewery in Crete since 2001, brewing according to the German Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) and were the first to produce Greek Biological Beer. We haven’t had the chance to visit them in person yet. Find their swing-top glass bottles at certain markets or in unexpected places.