…. or, more accurately, about brewing.
I stopped by LIC the other day and read in another thread some wistful comments from more than one of you about getting a decent pint of ale. Have you never considered brewing your own?
Since leaving Crete, I've got into brewing in a big way. I'm fairly confident it would work equally well in Crete, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a brew shop in Greece for supplies. (Although I think that using Crete Express and a UK supplier would bring you a wider choice of beers and at a similar cost).
Economics/logistics as follows:
I've just ordered 7 beer kits from my own brew shop of choice. 7 kits will deliver approx. 275 half litre bottles of beer. The cost of my 7 kits, plus secondary fermentation sugar drops, plus sterilising chemicals was approximately €195. This is all the ingredients/extras you would need to make the beer. My existing stock of 6 kits stacked together measures less than 1 cubic foot. If I've understood Crete Express correctly, anything up to 3 cu. feet is a flat £35 delivery fee. Lets say €240 all up for your 275 bottles – less than a Euro apiece. (And you've had the fun of brewing it – something I really quite enjoy). Note that you will be limited to 7 or 8 kits at most or you will breach courier weight limits in the UK. If you're buying that much in one order, most UK brew shops will offer free delivery within the UK – presumably that would include to the Nomad depot.
Obviously, you would need to make a one-off purchase of brewing equipment and bottles – from the Greek brew shop, their “comprehensive” brewing kit + 100 bottles would be just under €100. My kit is now 5 years old, used extensively, and I haven't had to replace anything so far.
The quality of modern beer kits is astonishing. Those of you of a similar vintage to me might also remember the old style kits that I used to brew in my bedroom as a pimply teenager. They delivered something foul tasting that looked like swamp water, but it did the job of supplying you with illicit booze. The kits of today deliver a pint that's not far off pub quality - honestly. I usually order a few kits of brews I know I enjoy plus one or two new ones to try. I've just sampled a pint of St Peter's Stout, a new brew to me last time out, and it was fabulous. I note that they sell the same kit in the Greek brew shop for only about €5 more than I'm paying.
Reviews of some of the brews I enjoy:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_zCuJtSfoIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBEjg_WIn5Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKLVkRSvNPQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SvDmYaksmYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI68TKv7Sxwhttps://www.geterbrewed.ie/beer-kits/
is my brew shop of choice and will give you an idea of what beers you can get. I'm a huge fan of Woodforde's, St Peter's and some of the Munton kits. You will find several mainland UK brew shops offering the same kits for delivery to the Nomad depot.
Your local brew shop in Greece is:https://www.beeramatistirio.gr/
A longish post, not one mention of v**us or l**k**wn and typed while enjoying a lovely pint of Woodforde's Admiral's Reserve. If anyone does take the leap into brewing – report back!