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Discovering the Beers of Santorini

In recent years, Santorini has become home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, with three microbreweries making their mark on the island’s culinary landscape. These microbreweries are quickly gaining a reputation for their signature beers, which offer a unique and flavorful taste that cannot be found anywhere else.  

Volkan Blue Monkey and Donkey Beer, in particular, have gained immense popularity among locals and visitors alike. These beers are a testament to the island’s rich cultural heritage, as well as its commitment to innovation and excellence in food and drink

In this article, we will delve into the world of Santorini’s microbreweries and explore what makes their beers so special.


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Santorini Brewing Company 

No list of Greek microbreweries would be complete without mentioning the renowned Donkey Beer from Santorini Brewing Company

This brewery produces a range of lagered ales, each crafted to perfection without any filtering, pasteurization, or preservatives added. Try their classic Red Donkey dark lager or their Crazy Donkey, the first-ever IPA created in Greece. 

And don’t miss their other thirst-quenching beers like White Donkey Weiss beer, Lazy Ass refreshing lager, Slow Donkey matured in local Assyrtiko Wine barrels, and their newest addition, Blue Donkey Blonde Saison. You can visit the microbrewery near Kamari Beach, which has become one of Greece’s most popular destinations due to its unique beers and convenient location. Best of all, there’s no cost to visit! Just make sure to contact them ahead of time to arrange your visit.

Volcan Beer

Next, try Volkan Beer, an extraordinary, artisanal microbrew also from Santorini. This beer is made using solely Greek ingredients, including local grape honey added at the end of the brew, as well as citron leaves and mineral water filtered through volcanic lava. 

The result is a lager unlike any other, with an impressive selection of brews like the pilsner-style Volkan Blonde, the dark Dunkel beer known as Volkan Black, the exotic wheat ale called Volkan Grey, and the classic lager style of Volkan White.

Ftelos Brewery

FTELOS Brewery, named after the local term for “ridge,” is an inviting atmosphere that offers a remarkable beer and cultural experience. This 4,800 sq. meter space in Karterados, Santorini, offers an unparalleled brewing and gastronomical experience, with a beer-themed restaurant featuring several tapas bars as well as a roof garden restaurant with spectacular views of Santorini. 

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During your visit, you can take part in an educational tour of the facilities, go on beer tastings and meal tours, look at artwork from dynamic exhibitions, or stroll around the fragrant bioclimatic garden. FTELOS Brewery is the perfect place for beer aficionados who want to enjoy a memorable experience, and they were even recognized with the 2021 Nutrition Award for Most Innovative Brewery.

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Most frequent questions and answers

First things first, the word for beer in Greece is either “bira” or “zythos”. While “bira” comes from the word “beer”, the more traditional term “zythos” originates from ancient Greek. 

Now, let’s say you’re at a tavern and want to order a beer. Simply say “Mia bira parakalo” (pronounced “me-ah bee-rah pah-rah-kah-loh”) to the waiter or bartender, and you’re all set!

The most common way to say cheers in Greek is “Yamas” (pronounced “yah-mas”), which means “to our health”. You may also hear “Stin yeia mas” (pronounced “steen yeh-yah mas”), which means the same thing.