Hearty congratulations are in order for the Aphrodite's Rock Brewing Company, a Paphos based micro-brewery which has been fighting for some three years to obtain permission to make real ale in Cyprus, after encountering bureaucratic red tape.
According to the Cyprus Mail ("Green light for real ale " by Bejay Brown, 20 January 2013), the family owned company have finally managed to obtain the necessary permission to brew by the government, after being constantly delayed. The firm is also reported to have worked with CIPA (the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency) during the process of applying to the Government. The company plans to have a selection of its own crafted beers available by Easter.
We are very pleased to see that the Aphrodite's Rock Brewing Company, operated by Bill Ginn and family, has been able to establish a hand-crafted brewing presence in the Cyprus beverage market - indeed in our opinion there has been a long-standing desire by many for such beers, especially as the popularity of real ales has grown in the UK in recent years.
Any ale / craft beer drinkers visiting Cyprus from the Easter period of 2013 onward are strongly advised to try out the brand, which should be on sale soon. It is also nice to seem to some healthy competition and diversification in the Cyprus economy, and to see people bringing their skills and innovations to the island.
So please join me in raising a glass to everyone over at Aphrodite's Rock' - we look forward to enjoying the locally-made real ale soon.
For more information, visit the official Facebook page of the company at:
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