Classical Beer Review: Epirus Lager

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Source: Facebook – Epirus Brewery.

Claiming to set the gold standard for microbrews in Epirus, Epirus Lager is the “first unpasteurized and unfiltered beer” in the region. According to my sources (i.e. the label), the beer was created using water from the springs of the Epirote mountains.

Unfortunately, after drinking this beer, I am loath to drink the H2O of this far-flung, Greek region ever again. The beer is a highly carbonated mess that smells like dank green beans and tastes like the grassy cud of the region’s second most populous group of residents, goats. Nope-a!

Background

Epirus is located in northwest Greece. It is a mountainous and strikingly beautiful area that is speckled with deep gorges and impossibly scenic stone-built villages. Historically, Epirus had several brief periods of regional importance.

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Olympias, Alexander the Great’s mother. Source: Walters Art Museum.

Early historical records indicates that Epirus was inhabited by the Molossians in the fifth century and fourth centuries BCE. In 359 BCE, Philip II of Macedon married the Molossian princess, Olympias, as part of a political alliance. Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to the future Macedonian king and conqueror, Alexander the Great. Following his death, Epirus united as the Kingdom of Epirus (330-231 BCE). This kingdom rapidly grew in power and strongly opposed the advances of the Roman military. In 167 BCE, Molossia was finally conquered by the Romans during the Third Macedonian War.

Epirus as a historical entity has little, if any connection, to beer or lagers.

Featured Images
Epirus Lager bottle and glass. Source: Own work.
Epirus Logo. Source: https://www.facebook.com/epirusmb
Medallion with Olympias. Source: © Walters Art Museum/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-3.0.

 

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