Updated: Sep 22
Craft beer... in Crete!?
Ladies & gentlemen, look no further for your Crete Craft Beer Guide.
We’ve done the leg work!
We’ve gathered 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 2: West Crete.
(Looking for Part 1: East Crete? Find it here).
Before we show you the way to Crete's craft breweries, let’s get some basics about why we care anyhow :
1- We’re big time craft beer fans - dare we say beer 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, to bring our local brews to the world stage and created Greece’s very first Craft Beer Walking Tours. It was about time!
We kicked off Bonnie and Clyde Urban Tours in Chania, Crete with our Craft Beer Walking Tours where we showcase the best brews of Greece to international beer enthusiasts and after a while, we moved to Rethymnon also.
Just think that until 2017, there were fewer than a handful of breweries on this vast island of Crete (the largest of all Greek islands). Since then, the number has boomed to 14 (and counting!) while Greece counts over 100 microbreweries!
Until you taste these fresh brews yourselves with us, on this lush sea & mountain island, we’ve gathered Crete's Craft Breweries in one place, for all you craft beer lovers.
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CRETE CRAFT BEER GUIDE. PART 2: WEST 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 & Aurélie 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 microbreweries to offer their beer on draft 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 “Ha-os” like chaos in Greek) 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 exclusively, both at their brewery for organized visits and at various bars across Crete. They are eager to collaborate with other breweries, welcoming collaborations & trying 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 focused 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 microbrewery.
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 next!
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.
CRETAN KINGS BEER
Mountain beer. Light. Modern profile.
This Pale Lager beer became known in Greece, through its sponsorship with the local Rethymno’s basketball team, under the name Rethymno Cretan Kings. Produced in two bottle sizes and a can. Cretan Kings is easily found in corner stores, markets & pubs across Crete. The right choice for a hot day in Crete!
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