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Salonikia Honey Pilsner

by Nicola Radisis
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Salonikia Honey Pilsner

I have been wondering several times about the Greek brewery’s ability to name its beers. After Sknipa, Standard Microbrewery of Thessaloniki launched Salonikia. The first one needs translation and explanation to the visitors of our country, as it means “drunk” in a funny way. The second one is entirely understandable.

But besides the name, Salonikia has Thessaloniki also on its label, with all the important monuments depicted on it. The brewery boasts “all of Thessaloniki in a bottle” and in appearance it has succeeded. What about the inside of the bottle, the beer? It is a fact that I cannot say that the city has a hop aroma or honey flavor. However, very trip I do -I guess many of Greek too- is accompanied by sweet memories and bitter stories of the past. The proud city of the Greek North has the beer that suits it.

Sweet because of honey, tasty because of malt and thirst-quenching because of the hops used by the brewery. The first impression comes from the hops with floral aromas and citrus notes. Salonikia is certainly reminiscent of a Pils, but the aftertaste is honey, which is why it is identified as Honey Pils. Quite an interesting proposal for the Greek context. Blond and clear, with 5,5% abv, is served cool to combat thirst.

2019 is considered quite a success for Salonikia of Standard Microbrewery of Thessaloniki after winning the gold at the Frankfurt International Trophy competition in Germany and the silver at the Greek Beer Awards.

Information
Category: Bottom Fermented |  Honey Pils
Origin: Greece
Producer: Standard Microbrewery of Thessaloniki
Distributor (GR): -
Color: Blond
IBU: 31
Alcohol: 5,5abv
Serving Temp.: 6-8oC
Glass: Pils, Flute
Bottle: 330ml
Price (GR): €1,50- €1,65
Nicola Radisis
Nicola Radisis

Nicola Radisis is the Publisher of Beer & Bar Magazine. Former bartender and publican, he found BeerBartender in 2012. He works as a beer consultant, is an experienced public speaker, participates as a judge in beer and bartending competitions and writes articles about anything related to the industry. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

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