There were many times, when I was asking myself how and when beer, back then zythos (the authentic Greek word), came into our country. At times I had conversations with people from the beer field, some of them relatives of those that will be mentioned below.
During the establishment of the Modern Greek Nation in 1830, we know that along with the King Otto, came into a small area, into our country, a lot of Bavarian officers and craftsmen. Some of them were brewers (Convention between Greece and Bavaria in 24th of January 1834). The brewers that established in our country never brought any new products in Greece. Greeks anyways where successful traders of these years and in the products that were transferring either for them or the Gate (we are placing in the period of the Ottoman occupation and before the 1821 Revolution) was also our favorite brew (not exactly as we know it today, the technical and scientific contribution on beer and spirits field made between the years 1843 and 1883). At this time in Greece, was imported brew that belong in the Ale category and specifically Porter (type of beer that became dear again in the recent years in our country).
Sources mention that in Tripoli (known as Tripolitsa), was an Armenian that tried to produce beer in under Ottoman occupation Greek area. We should also have in mind that even back then the summer in our country was warm enough, in order to keep a beer fresh for a long time, as the technical refrigeration from Carl Linde wasn’t yet invented (1870).
In approximately 1840, we notice the first recorded operation of a pub in Athens. The name of the pub was “Green Tree” (operated in 1835) selling beer that was imported from Bavaria. The other well-known pub of the time, started its operation first time in 1939 in Patision Street, its name was “Pafsilipo” and was as well importing beer from Bavaria.
In 1850, Ioannis Fix (Johann Fix) moves for personal reasons in Greece. The unlucky young man, 18 years old back then, loses his father, who was murdered the day of his arrival. The young Ioannis Fix started working at the palace, while later he worked for a brewery in Athens. The brewery he was working was owned by the German Melcher, in the suburbs of Athens now known as Heraklio. At this point we have to notice that at the same time in Athens where located more breweries, such as Bachauer, Seel, Waweck and Klein.
Ioannis George Fix, was the one who took over the brewery of Melcher when he died. The business went well. Ioannis Fix also made his personal life and he got five kids. Kid’s that had no idea who’s the brewery was, when his father died in 1895. Kids that had no idea what the name Fix would reserves for them and the beer Fix in the future. The brewery finally got a new leader, Carolos Fix (Charles Fix), the youngest son of Ioannis Fix.
History proves that beer was not new for Greece before the establishment of the well-known FIX (not the modern one). There were efforts for brewing that never succeeded to survive in nowadays because they were casualties of competition. FIX was just making its first steps but until today, it was never alone, as we thought. It will always have company..
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