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Cretan Brewery Tap (Charma Brewery )

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Charma - Pale AleExceptional2
Charma - BlondeExcellent1
Charma - WeissExcellent1
Charma - Belgian AleExcellent2
Charma - DunkelExcellent1
Picture 1. Cretan Brewery Tap, Zounaki, Crete
Picture 2. Cretan Brewery Tap, Zounaki, Crete
Picture 3. Cretan Brewery Tap, Zounaki, Crete
Jason Jones

Visits Details

21 Sep 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Worthy of a revisit arriving just after 11am we were the only customers so enjoyed the peace and quiet of the beautiful tranquil setting until the tourist 'train' arrives at 1230 for its 30 minute stop after which a few other customers including a tour coach appeared until our taxi arrived at 3pm. A refreshing breeze today countered our previous visit's stifling 36C heat. As we'd previously done the brewery visit our hearty meze lunch came to a reasonable 9€ each. Of note beers brewed here conform to the Reinheitsgebot faculty.
Charma - Pale Ale6.00ExceptionalA couple of these pre lunch made me appreciate the lingering mouthfeel bitterness. Superb.
Charma - Belgian Ale5.50ExcellentWith its full bodied mellow dryness perfectly complemented the meze lunch and afterwards.
Charma - Blonde5.00Not Tried
Charma - Weiss5.00Not Tried
Charma - Dunkel5.50Not Tried
16 Sep 2017 (Magnus Greel)
We were the first to arrive for the 11am brewery tour which lasted around 45 minutes. We were joined by 7 others on the well organised and informative tour. Apart from the water which comes from the on site well from 140m underground all other ingredients are sourced from Belgium, Germany and the USA. Samples of all 5 beers were included also a meze lunch during which the place became very busy.
Charma - Pale Ale6.00ExceptionalBrewed with American hops, strong citrus and hop flavours, my favourite here.
Charma - Blonde5.00ExcellentLight fruity and refreshing. The most available on the island.
Charma - Weiss5.00ExcellentTypical wheat beer with a banana hint
Charma - Belgian Ale5.50ExcellentSimilar to the blonde ale but full bodied.
Charma - Dunkel5.50ExcellentRoast malts and burnt coffee.

About the Cretan Brewery Tap

The pub sign. Cretan Brewery Tap, Zounaki, Crete

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Zounaki, Crete, 73002 Crete.

Cretan Brewery S.A is the first microbrewery in the prefecture of Chania Crete. The brewery is located in Zounaki village, in the municipality of Platanias. Its highly sophisticated industrial facilities, occupy 2000m2, surrounded by orange trees and olive groves. Found, just 25 km away from Chania city centre, on the way to the most popular beaches in the area like Balos, Elafonisi and Paleochora. The vision belongs to Ioannis Lionakis, who founded the brewery in 2007. Ioannis, a mechanical engineer in profession, was born, raised and proud to be Cretan. A long time beer enthusiast himself, he had the aspiration to offer local people and visitors, a fresh, delicious beer, which was something that was missing from the Cretan market. The vision became reality and reality turned into a perpetual commitment to excellence. At Cretan Brewery, it claims its goal is the production and distribution of excellent, handcrafted beers that exude Crete, its traditions and its timeless values through every glass. Its stated top priority is the creation of full-flavoured, pure beers without preservatives nor additives. Following the expansion of the brewery in 2015, it achieved a tenfold increase in our brewing capacity. In the new sector, it installed brand-new, up-to-date equipment, under the supervision of an experienced engineer.

We have visited this pub twice, seen 5 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: 73002 Crete