As recently as the mid 90’s, Greece did in fact have several airlines, but the late, great Frank Zappa would undoubtedly have been upset by the fact that the land of his forefathers still didn’t have a single, 100% Greek beer.
That’s why when the very first “Vergina” was bottled in 1998, our mission was twofold: to craft one of the finest premium lagers money could buy – anywhere, at any price – and to rectify the glaring omission of which the legendary Zappa spoke...
Revolutionizing Greece’s Beer Culture - Going Global
Much to our surprise, what started out as a small, committed band of beer lovers’ quest to bring back the lost art of beer-craft to the Thracian heartland soon blossomed into something much greater than we could have ever hoped for: our “Vergina” brand had not only evolved into the catalyst that would revolutionize beer culture in Greece, but also began attracting an ever growing number of devoted fans in the four corners of the globe - from the surf lodges of Australia to New York City’s finest restaurants.
Honoring the Past - Investing in the Future
The history of beer brewing in the Hellenic world is well documented throughout antiquity; perhaps most famously in the 10th Century Byzantine codex entitled “Peri Zython Pioiseos” (“On the Crafting of Beers”). Furthermore, the ancient Greeks were well aware of the exceptional quality of the natural spring waters of Northern Greece, and archaeological finds confirm that Thrace was one of the very first locations in Europe where beer fermentation took place.
However, as resting on one’s laurels is never enough, Macedonian Thrace Brewery has invested tens of millions of Euros to date in establishing and continuously updating one of Europe’s most technologically advanced brewing and bottling facilities in the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains, that consistently meets and exceeds the most stringent international quality assurance standards (FSCC 22000).
A Band of Beer Lovers… that just happens to be one of Greece’s Strongest Companies
Today, with a highly specialized and committed team of over 115 good people that’s constantly striving for the best possible results, and an ever growing presence of our labels throughout Greece and worldwide, Macedonian Thrace Brewery has managed to retain a close-knit “family atmosphere”, while at the same time consistently ranking as one of the most financially stable and creditworthy corporations in Greece.
Since our beginnings in the late 90’s, when the Macedonian Thrace Brewery first started offering its signature “Vergina Premium Lager” in the finest European Pilsner tradition, our product lineup has grown to include a variety of different labels and specialty beers, such as “Vergina Red”, an amber specialty beer with a unique bouquet of honey and berries; “Vergina Weiss”, which is brewed in the time-honored Bavarian tradition of top-fermented wheat beers; "Vergina Porfyra", an unfiltered limited edition lager which is brewed with the true beer aficionado in mind and "Vergina XXX Black" , an unfiltered dry stout with distinctive coffee and vanilla overtones, while a variety of new seasonal and specialty labels scheduled for production promise to make the choice for Vergina fans harder than ever...
All of us here at Macedonian Thrace Brewery believe that the best days are yet to come, and we assure you that as we continue to getting stronger and stronger, we will never lose sight of the guiding principles that have gotten us to where we are today.
We thank you for your interest in our products, and hope that you will honor us by making “Vergina” your beer of choice!
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