For a small island where hops don’t grow well and malting isn’t usually done locally, Cyprus is certainly accumulating an impressive number of microbreweries, all of whom produce high-quality hand crafted beers.
If you consider yourself a bit of a cicerone, or you simply appreciate the taste and aroma of a freshly brewed craft beer, read on to find out more about Cyprus’ four leading microbreweries.
1. Prime Microbrewery
Leaning more to the commercial side of microbrewing, Prime Microbrewery has one goal: to brew the best beer possible, using only natural ingredients and respecting the traditional art of brewing.
Born from a frustration with the beers on offer on the island a few years back, Prime Microbrewery’s selection of pale ales, American amber ales, golden ales, dark oatmeal stouts and Belgian wits is all about fresh, unfiltered and unpasteurised ingredients. In fact, the family run business claim that their beers are actually good for you – when consumed responsibly of course. Sound like fun? Call in advance if you’d like to visit to the microbrewery and prepare to indulge!
Where? Industrial Area, Sotira, Famagusta. Tel: (+357) 23-826130
2. Hula Hops Brewing
Having only established itself this year, Hula Hops Brewing is already being described as the best beer in Cyprus. Granted that said status was given to the easy drinking and aromatic Cyprus Citrus IPA by its three founders (Yiannis, Dimitris and Costa) but to its own credit, the hand crafted beer is also garnering a sparkling reputation on notable beer rating sites such as Untappd and RateBeer.
The three beer enthusiasts who started up the gypsy microbrewery, began brewing to encourage people on the island to drink and appreciate beer differently. Still only on their first beer, the trio are already dreaming big, with plans to brew a stout in the future.
Where? Hula Hops is available at bars around the island including Brewfellas in Nicosia, Barrel House in Larnaca and Satalite in Limassol. Contact: [email protected]
3. Aphrodite’s Rock
Owned by an English family who moved to Cyprus, Aphrodite’s Rock microbrewery started out with a small selection of very British ales such as the bitter Yorkshire Rose and the English-style London Porter. Now, the self-acclaimed “first craft microbrewery in Cyprus,” brews a comprehensive selection of core beers and seasonal specialities covering the IPA, ESB, bitter, larger, ale and porter spectrums.
While touring the brewery itself has become one of the top listed activities in Paphos, less over-zealous beer drinkers can also enjoy tasting the collection at the charming brewpub and restaurant attached to the brewery.
Where? Polis Road, Paphos. Tel: (+357) 26-101446
4. Pivo Microbrewery
The latest addition to the Cyprus microbrewery scene, Pivo Microbrewery is run by a family of three brothers and a cousin. Thanks to a stint studying the art of brewing beer in Prague, the relatives earned themselves the nickname Pivo amongst the beer community, and the moniker stuck. Now, realising their dreams, the Pivo team have opened their own space in a cosy corner of Nicosia’s old town.
The microbrewery is also a hip little brew-pub with an outdoor beer garden serving the four beers currently being made at Pivo – an American IPA aptly named Hoppy; a bohemian Czech-inspired Pilsner named Blondie; Noir, a Czech dark lager; and Sitarenia, a refreshing Bavarian Weissbier.
Where? Asklipiou 36, Faneromeni, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-377088, (+357) 99-076338