“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.
➙ 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, 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
➙ THE GROCERY 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
➙ SUPERMARKET BY THE WATER FOUNTAIN
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
➙ 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
➙ 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