Produced on the island of Santorini, beer Volkan was presented with the very important Product Innovation of the Year award at the International Beer Awards in Prague, Czech Republic. Amongst big and small select producers from the world of beer over, the jury chose to award Volkan for its special recipe and its unique taste. Mr. Petros Nomikos, producer of the beer, stated that their target is to support “act locally, think globally” by introducing the best Greek tastes and traditions to the whole world, adding that their beer represents our agricultural heritage as well as thousands of years of history of Santorini.
Volkan has been available in a blonde (Santorini Blonde) and a black (Santorini Black) version since February 2012. Its unique features include originality in the making, and local products peculiar to the Cyclades: the rare grape honey from Santorini, citron from Naxos, and water filtered in volcanic stones.
Mr. Nomikos explains that the Santorinian honey used in beer making endows the final product with particular aromas, as “in September, bees on Santorini are fed with the grapes laid in the sun by the wine makers in the procedure of making celebrated Vinsanto, and the fructose of the grapes is decisive for the taste of the honey added in Volkan”.
What is more, sublime is the taste given by the extract from the citron leaves (“a wonderful citrus fruit but giving little juice”) processed in traditional distilleries on Naxos.
Finally, as Mr. Nomikos says, “in order to use the original Santorini water we took basalt formed after the volcano eruption in 1.600 BC and we created a volcanic rock filter with the aim to simulate the taste that the beer must have had thousands of years ago”.
Over the past few years, the beer industry in Greece has been blooming, with an increasing number of producers and business men and women entering it.
New small-scale beer makers have come to enrich the Greek beer production with their undoubted know-how, and their ceaseless eagerness.
Even the most difficult beer fans will definitely find a Greek label to meet their taste demands.