Protagonist Beer

What even is craft beer?

For laic beer drinkers, the term craft beer might sound like a potion made in someone’s garage by self-proclaimed beer drinking aficionados. Well, they might not be as far from the truth as you think. Craft beer is beer that isn’t produced by multinational corporations, but instead, in local and independent brewing companies, called “microbreweries”. But unlike a witch’s potion, these beers are considered to be the highest in quality, richest in flavour and enjoyed by only the most experienced beer connoisseurs, who know what to order when they step into the bar.

Craft breweries are not only a good local economy booster, but also an excellent sign of a destination’s urban atmosphere. They are bringing the culture of beer drinking to a higher level and we can expect it to stand side by side to wine tasting and its traditions in a very short period of time. We believe microbreweries are in direct correlation with the congress industry, as participants are stepping away from mass-production and are looking for more intimate and authentic congress stories.

We went on a hunt to find the very best regional craft breweries and the people that are putting all their heart and soul into making their tasty hop brew unique and a cut above everyone else’s.


Protagonist Beer

Founder and Head brewer of Protagonist beer is the world acclaimed Norwegian craft brewer Kjetil Jikiun, with whom the forces were joined to produce orange wine, craft beer and other craft beverages (like Gin) on the island at a time when the Greek craft beer industry was on the rise. That happy decision has led to the brewery being part of the craft beer revolution taking place in our country ever since.

Where can I find them?

Cretan craft beer is based on the island of Crete, the greatest and southernmost island of Greece. The brewery is set in a charming location, full of olive groves and vineyards in the Cretan countryside and just a few kilometres south of Heraklion city. We also contract brew in other countries around Europe.


Limited edition – Imperial Stout «Protagonist»
At 15% Alc, 100 IBU, 35°P and with strong doses of Demerara sugar, the Protagonist is proud to be the strongest, sweetest and darkest beer ever presented on a Greek beer label ! A very special beer, this one is a tribute to Greek sweet coffee. In fact, it is much more than a beer; it is part of a concept that started in April 2006, developing step by step ever since. A total of 6,000 bottles of Protagonist were brewed, packaged and each one signed one by one by Kjetil Jikiun.

Protagonist Beer