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Corfu beers

It turned out that the beach bar had two beers from the Corfu brewery, luckily the two most interesting ones. They brew two pale lagers as well, but they do not really stand out among the others on offer – and I don’t think they are meant to, either.

The two dark beers are both 5% British style beers. The Corfu Bitter is slightly hazy brown. Unfiltered and with low carbonation, but there is no residue in the bottle to speak of, either. Caramel and toffee, a little yeast. Moderate bitterness. Pleasant bitterness, though I would have preferred a more liberal use of hops.

When I order a bottle of the Special, the bar maid lights up.

– I prefer this one. It is really fresh!

Sweet malt and grainy body. Glowing amber, slightly hazy. Low carbonation. Fine bitter and aromatic hops, a discreet kiss of yeast.

A wonderful beer, and they seem to take the freshness seriously. The beer was bottled just a few days before I bought it, and it had a best before date only two months later.

By the way, I received a kind invitation to visit the brewery, but it did not fit into my schedule for the week, as it was on the other side of the island. Maybe next time.

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Sign of the times

A week with my family on a sunny Greek island does not include any great expectations for beer hunting. Sure, I know there are micro breweries in Greece, a few of them with very respectable beers. I had even sent off an e-mail to Corfu’s own micro, asking if they could deliver a few sample bottles to my hote, but I had not received any answer.

So I was quite content in sipping a few pints of Alfa and enjoying a can of fairly decent Greek versions of German pilsener. But then I managed to wander a few meters down the beach from the hotel, where there was a very inviting sign.

Maybe there is a God after all. At least a minor Greek one.

Corfu Beer sign

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