Classical Beer Review: Zita Premium Beer

This is a post by regular contributor Kimberley, who runs the social media at BCS. Kimberley is currently writing up her PhD in Mediterranean Archaeology and is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Every once and a while, she will blog at BCS about all things beer and Classical in the Low Countries or – as I’d like to call it – ‘The Nether Regions’.

Recently, team BCS met up briefly in Athens, Greece for some conferencing and, of course, beer drinking. At our favorite beer bar in Exarchia square, we found beers by a brewery we had not encountered previously – Thessaliki Zythopoiïa. In a previous post, we reviewed their Thita; this time we give the floor to Zita. Zita is the brewery’s ‘Premium Beer.’ It is a clean brew, with light floral hops and a slight soapiness – according to Kyle. In a somewhat less prosaic style, I’d say it tastes like beer… And, by”beer,” I  mean something like a Heineken – I know we can argue about whether that actually is how beer should taste, but that’s my personal frame of reference. So, comparing Zita and Thita, in my opinion the latter wins over the former on flavor points.

Background
Zita or Zeta is the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet, the ζ (lower case) or Ζ (upper case). Zita is pronounced somewhat like a Z and, as most letters in the Greek alphabet (see Alpha and Theta), is derived from a Phoenician letter, Zayin, which is thought to be the symbol for “sword” or another type of weapon. You can sort of see how the Zayin looks like a weapon, although to us it also strongly reminds of our letter I rather than our Z.

zeta_zayin

Facts
0.33 Liter
5.0% ABV
Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops
Brewed: Thessaliki Brewery Ltd., Chalandri, Greece

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