It is new, ambitious and has a plan. It’s located just outside Patras and produces DIONI beer. We are talking about Patraiki Brewery, which made its maiden appearance in the Greek brewery scene in mid-2014.
The idea was “carried” from Germany, where the Andonakopoulos brothers,Kostas and George, lived for several years. As a student Kostas Andonakopoulos, worked in the food industry and in breweries. George was, until recently, employed at a brewery in Berlin. Today both of them work in their own brewery, in the Vrachneika region of Patras. They love beer and they love their homeland. In 2013 they decided to start their own brewery, Patraiki Brewery, with the help of European Programs.
In a combination lease – purchase agreement they found the location and begun their new adventure, doing what they love. They were faced with the Greek reality which they weren’t accustomed to. Despite that they decided to work with mostly Greek companies. At least whenever possible since most equipment and raw materials are not produced in Greece and must be imported. They set up the brewery with 4 tanks with a capacity of 4000 liters each, which were purchased from the Grlnox Company. The “Patraiki Brewery” production will reach about 20 hectoliters per shift.
They still don’t have an automatic bottling machine, therefore the bottling is done manually. The labels are also placed by hand. They hope to be able to invest in the proper equipment for these jobs soon.
Advocates of the “one step at a time” philosophy, the Antonakopoulos brothers believe Patraiki Brewery must first become the brewery of the city of Patras and DIONI the beer of choice of the people of Patras, then spread its wings to other cities. They are well aware of local beers, since in Gremany (they lived in Berlin) and all European countries microbreweries are local. When they succeed in becoming accepted by the local community of Patras, they hope circumstances and «narrow minds» will allow them to grow, only then will they begin to focus on other types of beer. They bottle their beer using GIOULA Glass Company and their bottle caps from the Vitogiannis Company. Patraiki Brewery is bottling about 300 bottles per hour.
It is in their plans to eventually produce other types of beer that they have tried and loved in Germany. However, at this time they aren’t able to announce something definite. The want the brewery to be open to the public and to become a training place where young brewers are able to gain experience. That the art or brewing is meant to be shared and not kept a secret, that is what we learned in Germany, Mr. Kostas Andonakopoulos told us, when we visited the brewery.
Dioni is their first beer. It’s a Greek Pilsner, available in 500ml and 330ml bottles as well as 30lt barrels. It’s the beer that will put the Patraiki Brewery on the map of Greek breweries and open the doors for their new beers.
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