It was October 2017 when I left my cosmopolitan home of Montreal, rich with micro-breweries, brew-pubs and well-stoked deps (corner stores).
I had freshly arrived on the island of Crete in Chania -- my soon-to-be Mediterranean second home. I faced new everythings and of course... new beers.
It turns out that 2017 was a pivotal year in Crete’s beer-dustry.
It was about to #boom from 3 breweries to 12 by 2021!
But at the time in Chania, I could only stumble upon cheap beers.
I desperately wondered “but where is the Craft Beer here?!”.
After months of searching, I finally found my saving grace. My taste buds met the local Dunkel on draft from the pioneers at Charma Brewery.
That’s when I knew for sure... I can make it here!
No need to drink bad beer anymore, folks. I’ve done the leg work & compiled something I wish had been available to me when I too first arrived to Chania.
... you lucky ducks...
All you beer enthusiasts & island-hoppers heading to Crete, this one’s for you!
You're welcome in advance:
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.
* Share your own suggestions in the comments below to keep growing this precious list.
➙ B IS FOR BEER
This cozy shop is the main place to find craft beer in Chania. You can find bottles and cans from Crete, epic breweries all over Greece, plus a small selection of unique international imports. The fridge is always full and shelves stocked.
Be warned: the schedule is irregular; better check before you go.
Location: Daskalogianni 55, Chania 731 32
📍OLD PORT / VENETIAN HARBOUR
➙ THE GROCERY STORE
Representing each microbrewery of the Crete, 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, snacky foods and travel items.
Location: Zampeliou 43, Chania 731 31
➙ 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 from across Greece; various styles, with many brews unavailable elsewhere in Chania.
This is a must for beverages enthusiasts seeking something special.
Location: Antoniou Michelidaki 6, Chania 731 32
📍 CHANIA CITY
State liquor store
This store specializes in high quality beer, wine and coffee products.
In a warehouse-style location, this shop is worth the detour with its specialized variety of craft beers from across Greece.
They offer products and services both for wholesale and individuals, online orders and shipping all over Greece.
Location: Riga Fereou 8, Chania 733 00
➙ SUPER MINI MARKET (SMM)
This is a medium-sized grocery store on the road towards the airport and beaches of Seitan Limani and Marathi in the Akrotiri Peninsula, East of Chania City.
The owner makes it his mission to have a large spectrum of delicious beers available; from small to larger Greek craft breweries.
Also find excellent snacks, fresh produce, international cuisine ingredients, a unique wine selection as well as Belgian and German beers.
Open all day.
Location: EO Aerodromiou Soudas 73, Pithari 731 00
➙ KALATHAS STOP & SHOP
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
May this treasured list continue to grow & satisfy international beer fans in Chania!
Share your own suggestions in the comments below.
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