Discover the best Cyprus beer on the island, real ale brewed in Cyprus at the new Aphrodite's Rock brewery company.
Tickle your Tastebuds!
When people ask what you miss about living in the UK, not being able to watch live Welsh rugby at the Millenium stadium is the only thing I really miss. Al, my husband, always says a pint of real ale!Lager is cooling in the hot summer months especially, but Keo, the island's main Cyprus beer, gets a bit dull after a while, not that I drink the lager - it's far too gassy!
While you can buy beer like John Smiths in many pubs and bars, it's not quite the same as a pint of Tanglefoot - our favourite Hall and Woodhouse beer from Dorset.
So you can imagine how pleased we both are that a new brewery has recently opened right on our doorstep in Paphos, brewing a range of both International and English-style beers in the traditional way, just as CAMRA like it.
And the brewery is called Aphrodite's Rock Brewing Company.
We recently went for a tasting in Tsada and came away with 6 bottles of various styles of Cyprus beer. Included in the range are English-style best bitters, both dark and light at 3.8% ABV, a red Irish-style ale called Lian Shee which is 4.5% ABV, the Hobnob brown ale, also 4.5% and two strong 6% beers, the German-style Liberator and the American-style West Coast IPA.
We also got some great glasses to drink the beer from!
As the beer is fresh you need to store it upright in the fridge for 24 hours to let the yeast sediment settle, then get in and drink the amber nectar.
Tip: This new Cyprus real ale is also available in draught and bottle from many bars and restaurants in the Paphos area including O Niro's near the rocks at Coral Bay, one of our favourite haunts.
Stratford Gold - my favourite!
The Aphrodite's Rock Cyprus brewery is located just off the main Paphos to Polis road (the B7) at Tsada.
If you are coming from Paphos, look out for the sign on the right showing Aphrodite's Rock brewery about 1km after you reach the top of the steep hill and the right hand turn into Tsada. If coming from Polis, look for the sign on the left, a good 2.5km after the petrol station at Stroumbi.
Tasting is free available Tues/Wed/Thurs between 11.00-15.00 every week. You get to try a small draught sample of the various beers, then you have the dilemma of which beers to choose to buy! This fabulous real ale Cyprus beer is available to buy in half litre bottles and six bottles cost just over 17. When you take the bottles back, you then get a discounted price.
You can also buy your favourite tipple in keg form starting from 40 for 10 litres for the 3.8" beer. Perfect for parties!
NEW - tasting also now available on Saturdays from 11.00-15.00.
Tip: The grand opening of Aphrodite's Rock brewery takes place on October 5th 2013 at 2pm. Tickets are 5 and include snacks, beer tasting and a pint of Cyprus beer of your choice. Tel: 26101446 or check out the Aphrodite's Rock website for more information about the various beers.
So if you have been thirsting for a pint of real ale freshly brewed right here on the island, head on over to Paphos to taste some great Cypriot beer.