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Athens

Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.

The “core” of the historic centre is the Plaka neighborhood (at the eastern side of the Acropolis), which has been inhabited without interruption since antiquity.  When you walk through the narrow labyrinthine streets lined with houses and mansions from the time of the Turkish occupation and the Neoclassical period (19th c.), you will have the impression of travelling with a “time machine”.

Syntagma and Omonia are the main central squares of the town;  they are linked by Stadiou Street and Panepistimiou Avenue, along which some of the town’s most beautiful Neoclassical buildings have been erected.  Dominating Syntagma Squareis the Greek Parliament building and in front of it the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones in traditional costume.  From this square starts the beautiful National Garden (40 acres), south of which stands the impressive Zappeion Mansion (1874-1888).

The southern suburbs, located on the coast of the Saronic Gulf, a recreational and cultural park is being planned, comprising the existing sports facilities.  They offer many opportunities to take a walk along the seaside, while you will also find many beautiful organized and free beaches, large shopping centers and nightclubs (especially during the summer).  In the Maroussi suburb (north of the centre) are the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, where the majority of the athletic events were held during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

source: VisitGreece.gr

Maroussi

Marousi or Maroussi also Amarousio is a suburban city in the northeastern part of the Athens agglomeration, Greece. Amarousio dates back to the era of the ancient Athenian Republic; its ancient name was Athmonon, and it represented one of the 10 Athenian sub-cities. The area held a main ancient temple, where Amarysia Artemis, the goddess of hunting, was adored, and the city’s modern name derives from that of the goddess, Amarysia, which denotes the origin of the worship back in Amarynthos, Euboea.

Marousi is situated 13 km (8 mi) northeast of Athens city centre. The municipality has an area of 12.938 km2. The built-up area of Marousi is continuous with those of the neighbouring suburbs Pefki, Kifisia, Vrilissia and Chalandri. Within Marousi lies the biggest forest in urban Athens, “Dasos Syngrou” (also “Alsos Syggrou”). The Athens Olympic Sports Complex, the largest sports complex in Greece, built for the 2004 Summer Olympics, is located in the southwestern part of the municipality.

source: Wikipedia

About beer...

Athens is the capital of Greece, but not the capital of the brewing scene. Breweries and microbreweries can be found around Greece, proving that the love of beer is not an urban priviledge. Septem Microbrewery outside Attica, near Athens is considered as the leader of the microbreweries continuing the good work it started in 2007. Siris Microbrewery in Serres at the North of Greece is a “young” promising microbrewery.

In Athes you can find the Athenean Brewery plantation, which is part of Heineken Group. Part of this installation has been renovated to become ATHINEO, a project that focuses on microbrewery projects. In ATHINEO, you can find a small brewery museum, with Amstel and Heineken equipment and exhibits.

Few kilometers away, near Omonia Square at the Gazi area, Noctua Microbrewery is the only operating Microbrewery in downtown Athens. Establish in Spetember 2016, the four friends who found the microbrewery after experimenting in homebrewing, turned an old garage to a living, creativity space, with logo the athenian owl.

In greater Athens you can find the offices of Olympic Brewery part of Carlsberg Group, which produces Mythos in Sindos (outside Thessaloniki) and Fix (in Ritsona). Fix was the first brand ever mass brewed in Greece in the area of Kolonaki first and finaly in Neos Kosmos. The Fix Brewery bankrupt in 1982 and was relunched in 2010 by Giannis Chitos and Grekis brothers. The old brewery granted the name of the area which is also called Fix cause of the Subway Station, which is near the old building (today Modern Art Museum).

Athens was the first city in Greece that had a microbrewery. In 1997, Craft Microbrewery was founded in Athens, in Alexandras Avenue as a brew restuarant and later became a microbrewery with a small factory in Peania, a region outside Athens, part of Attica.

source: BeerBartender.gr

The Beer Revolution did not affect only the breweries but the rstaurant and bar business as well. Except the imported and mainstream beers, every day one more reastaurant or bar joins the revolurion adding a microbrewery beer in their list or change the whole list offering something different, focusing on quality, sacrifising the profit on the same time.

Athens beer scene is evolving in a beer-gastrolovers paradise. Gastro pubs, Irish Pubs, Beer restaurants and Beer Pubs can be fould downtown Athens like Syntagma and Gazi and in the greater area like Filadelfia, Pireaus, Maroussi, Chalandri and Glyfada.

Looking for a nice beer?

International Beer Conference
Maroussi Plaza
For information contact the organizer

3a Fragkoklisias Str & Granikou Str, 15121, Maroussi, Greece

awards@beerbartender.gr

+30 213 037 0837