• Bonnie

“But Where's the Craft Beer in Chania?!”

Updated: Jul 22

… I asked myself in desperation.


I had left the island of Montreal, my beloved cosmopolitan home, rich with micro-breweries, brew-pubs and well-stoked deps (corner stores). I had arrived on the island of Crete. Chania, October 2017. My soon-to-be Mediterranean second home. I faced new everythings and of course... new beers.


Little did I know, 2017 was a pivotal year in Crete’s microbrewery industry. It was about to #boom from 3 breweries to 11 by 2021 (and counting!). But at the time in Chania, I could only stumble upon cheap Greek beers; you know, the ones without taste or personality.


I desperately wondered “but where is the Craft Beer here?!”. I won’t admit how long it took me to finally find my first local brew… All I’ll say is that the local Dunkel Draft from Charma was a life saver. That’s when I knew: I can make it here.


All you beer enthusiasts & island-hoppers heading to Greece or Crete, this one’s for you!

No need to drink bad beer anymore, folks. I’ve done the leg work & made something I wish was available to me when I arrived:


Where to Get Craft Beer in Chania, Crete.

A treasure list of bottle shops & well-stocked fridges in the area*.


* This is by no means a complete list. This is a short list to satisfy the beer aficionado in you.






📍SPLANTZIA SQUARE


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B IS FOR BEER

  • Bottle Shop

  • This cozy shop is the main place to find craft beer in Chania. You can find bottles and cans from Crete, all over Greece, plus a small selection of international brews. The fridge is always full and shelves stocked.

  • The schedule is irregular; better check before you go.

  • Location: Daskalogianni 55, Chania 731 32


📍OLD PORT / VENETIAN HARBOUR

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THE GROCERY STORE

  • Convenience Store

  • Representing the microbreweries of the whole island - including some from the East which are almost impossible to find in Chania.

  • A small grocery store with architectural character with a coffee shop, bakery, a sommelier’s paradise wine-cave, quality foods and travel items.

  • Location: Zampeliou 43, Chania 731 31

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SUPERMARKET BY THE WATER FOUNTAIN

  • Convenience Store

  • Don’t be misled by the name, this is actually a mini-market.

  • Small market for all conveniences. A range of beer styles from Greek craft breweries, refrigerated bottles & cans available from micro to larger breweries.

  • Get your snacks & pack as gifts; you’ll make some people at home very happy.

  • Location: Chalidon 8, Chania 731 32



📍DOWNTOWN CHANIA


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FOODS N' GOODS

  • Bottle Shop / Beers, Wines & Spirits

  • This cava holds a stellar selection of bottles (beers, wines and spirits). Management focusses on offering unique craft beers of various styles, with many unavailable elsewhere in Chania.

  • This is a must for beverages enthusiasts seeking something special.

  • Location: Antoniou Michelidaki 6, Chania 731 32



📍AKROTIRI


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KALATHAS STOP & SHOP

  • Grocery store

  • This is a small grocery store on the road towards the beaches of Stavros and Kalathas in the Akrotiri Peninsula, just East of Chania City.

  • They stock a variety of craft beers from all over Greece in their fridge - it makes for an excellent pit-stop on your route.

  • Open all day.

  • Location: Kalathas 731 00