When Dortmund-born mathematician Dr Bernd Brink moved to Crete after marrying a local girl, he did what any self-respecting German would do – he opened a brewery. In business since 2001, Brink’s Brewery is a sophisticated operation producing full-bodied organic blonde and dark lagers that are sold all over Greece. You’ll pass the brewery some 12km south of Rethymno, just past Armeni. It’s no longer open for tours but you’ll have no problem finding locations across Crete to try it.
The unfiltered and unpasteurised beer is brewed in accordance with a 16th-century German law that permits only the use of water, hops, yeast and malt in beer making.