Septem microbrewery, which today is considered by many one of the top microbreweries in Greece, was founded and is managed by two brothers. With calculated steps and a well-organized strategy, they have managed to establish themselves and be recognized abroad. Everything started in June of 2009 and so far their journey has been a successful one. They continually add new labels, their limited quantity special labels get updated and their facilities upgraded.
The chemist and wine expert, Sofoklis Panagiotou had the reputation of being able to make a great wine with any grape variety. Beer however, always fascinated and excited him to the point that he would experiment in a “large arena”. The economist George Panagiotou was the one who would support and organize this “battle”. The two brothers created at the Orologio of the Municipality of Avlona in Evia, a facility, which was a prototype for the Greek standards. Their ambition was to market fresh, bottled, unpasteurized beer.
The names of the beers reflect this effort. The Latin word “septem”, which means “seven” was perfect. Seven is the number of creation. The days of the week are also seven. And Septem will have seven beers, one for each day of the week. Now if in the future there will be more beers, no one knows.
Septem’s Monday’s Pilsner and Septem Friday’s Pale Ale were their first beers in 2009. These were followed by Septem Sunday’s Honey Golden Ale and Septem Thursday’s Premium Red Ale in 2010. The same year the Semptem Microbrewery began production of the Mary Rose on behalf of OK Athens. Septem Winter Days Porter, which was so well liked when it first appeared on the market in December of 2011, was established as part the microbrewery’s permanent labels as Septem Saturday’s Porter (2012) Additionally it became the first ever Porter produced in the history of modern Greece.
In 2012 Septem Microbrewery began the production of a different kind of beer. A beer with a high degree of bitterness. In 2013 the beer was marketed as Septem ACE. The limited quantity beer which was available in 500ml bottles, launched the Hobby Hoppy Series. Its name came from the initials of the types of hops used, Amarillo, Centennial and Eldorado (US).
Septem Microbrewery in collaboration with Beer.gr. organized the first Homebrewers competition in the spring of 2012. The winner was Panagiotis Tsioros, with a Citra Single Hop IPA. In December of 2013 the beer was produced by Septem in limited quantity as Septem Citra, with the winner’s name displayed on the label. The second contest was held in the spring of 2014 and the winner was Lefteris Vrettakos with beer in the IPA category which Septem expects to put in the market in the future inter-grading it, along with the previous winner in its Hobby Hoppy Series.
The microbrewery is the ideal place for the production of Ale beers, in Greece. In fact, after its recent renovation, the production facilities and storage areas, both of bulk and bottled beer (including the storage of packaging materials) increased two and a half times and the building is currently 1000m2, featuring 15 beer tanks. It features a bottling plant with the ability to bottle 2000-2200 bottles per hour. The Septem bottles are produced by GIOYLA only for Septem, from the design that the microbrewery has created. The brewery’s equipment is Greek, from Mr Yannoukakis’ company, Vessel Inox & Constinox Hellas S.A. The brewery also has a specially designed room for visits. Anyone interested can watch the operation of the brewery since it is separated only by a glass partition. This is also the area where visitors and associates can sample the microbrewery’s beers.
So far Septem Microbrewery has managed for the most part to fulfill its commitments and promises and achieve its objectives without slowing down. Septem is a protagonist when it comes to innovation and the renewal of the beer industry by offering beers with unusual and unique flavors. Septem beers regularly win any contest that they participate in.
Gold, Silver and bronze metals are in their collection from the International Beer Challenge Competition from 2011 to 2014 both for their beers as well as for their packaging – labels. Septem Microbrewery was awarded the Quality Award in the beverage category by Gastronomos magazine in 2013. It has received the best Greek brewery award for the third consecutive year by ratebeer.com. It has also won first place in the 1st BeerBartender Awards, in March of 2014, for the Best Greek Mircrobrewery in 2013.
Orologio of Avlonari
Municipality of Kymi-Aliveri
phone: +30 2222 77 0000
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