Volcano in a bottle
Heir to one of Santorini’s oldest shipping families, grandson to Markos Nomikos, a former deputy for the Cycladic Islands, a venture capitalist by trade and director of the Thera Foundation, Peter Nomikos was born in London and studied at Princeton University in the USA. In the winter of 2011, during a trip to Santorini, he decided to produce a beer that blends two select Cycladic products: Theran honey, which is added toward the end of the brewing process, and citron (Citrus medica), which is used in the form of essential oils. The idea grew into the Volkan brand. Its greatest innovation, beyond its composition, lies in the filtration system for the water used in the brewing process – the Lava Rock Filter using basalt from the Santorini volcano.
• Santorini Blonde Pilsner • Santorini Black Wheat Lager
• Volkan Santorini White • Volkan Santorini Grey
SANTORINI BREWING COMPANY
The one with the donkey logo
This is the brainchild of a Serbian brewer, Boban Krunic, an English wine seller and home-brewing aficionado, Steve Daniel, a multi-talented American academic, Majda Anderson, and a Greek oenologist and vintner, Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. This small brewery is located in the traditional village of Mesa Gonia and produces three different labels of beer that combine the water found on the island with select malts from Germany and Austria, and rare varieties of hops from New Zealand and the USA. The brewing process uses cutting-edge technology from Austria (Flecks Brauhaus 300) and from Holland. The most precise definition for these beers is probably “lagered ales,” a cross between thirst-quenching lager and stout, aromatic Celtic ales.
[Mesa Gonia • Tel. (+30) 22860.30.268 • www.santorinibrewingcompany.gr]
• Yellow Donkey • Red Donkey • Crazy Donkey