A Greek beer revolution!
As recently as the mid 90’s, Greece did in fact have several airlines, but the late, great Frank Zappa would undoubtedly have been upset by the fact that the land of his forefathers still didn’t have a single, 100% Greek beer.
That’s why when the very first “Vergina” was bottled in 1998, our mission was twofold: to craft one of the finest premium lagers money could buy – anywhere, at any price – and to rectify the glaring omission of which the legendary Zappa spoke…
Revolutionizing Greece’s Beer Culture – Going Global
Much to our surprise, what started out as a small, committed band of beer lovers’ quest to bring back the lost art of beer-craft to the Thracian heartland soon blossomed into something much greater than we could have ever hoped for: our “Vergina” brand had not only evolved into the catalyst that would revolutionize beer culture in Greece, but also began attracting an ever growing number of devoted fans in the four corners of the globe – from the surf lodges of Australia to New York City’s finest restaurants.
Honoring the Past – Investing in the Future
The history of beer brewing in the Hellenic world is well documented throughout antiquity; perhaps most famously in the 10th Century Byzantine codex entitled “Peri Zython Pioiseos” (“On the Crafting of Beers”). Furthermore, the ancient Greeks were well aware of the exceptional quality of the natural spring waters of Northern Greece, and archaeological finds confirm that Thrace was one of the very first locations in Europe where beer fermentation took place.
However, as resting on one’s laurels is never enough, Macedonian Thrace Brewery has invested tens of millions of Euros to date in establishing and continuously updating one of Europe’s most technologically advanced brewing and bottling facilities in the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains, that consistently meets and exceeds the most stringent international quality assurance standards (FSCC 22000).