Turkish Beer – Perge

As you know, we’re no strangers to the odd beer. We prefer to think of ourselves as beer appreciators; connoisseurs of the beautiful amber-coloured fizziness in a bottle. Whichever European country (or particular area of a country) we find ourselves in, we have to try the local beer. It’s a culture thing.

When we travelled through Eastern Europe a few years ago, so determined were we to sample a beer in each country we visited, we even tried a local beer in Slovakia. What’s so special about that you ask? Well, we were in transit through Slovakia, between Poland and Hungary.

The bus driver pulled into a service station for a toilet break – and Barry jumped off the bus and ran into the service station shop for two beers. Realising we had no Slovakian currency, he got out his credit card, felt guilty and added a few little snacks to the shopping basket to make the credit card transaction more worthwhile. When we got the bill a month later, the whole Slovakian beer experience had cost us 28 pence!!! Wonder if it’s still that cheap…

Turkish Beer - Perge Pilsner

A new (for us) Turkish beer – Perge

Anyway, if you’re reading this, chances are you have an interest in Turkey and are therefore aware that Turkey’s most famous beer is the much-more-than-drinkable Efes Pilsen. We don’t mind the odd Efes. At 5%, it’s a pilsen of the usual strength and very refreshing on a hot, sunny day…or any other day! There are a few other Turkish beers but Efes Pilsen is definitely the most popular; the very daddy of Turkish beer.

However, since the Kipa supermarket chain saw fit to extend its number of stores by opening one in Fethiye, we have found another interesting alternative to Efes Pilsen. Perge Premium Bira. Perge is brewed in the Mediterranean region of Antalya, in the Manavagat area (of Manavgat waterfall fame) using natural spring water.

If we’re staying in at the weekend, we go to Kipa and buy some Perge, just for a change. It’s 4.2% – available in 50cl and 30cl bottles – and tastes similar to Czech beers such as Staropramen or Pilsner Urquell (but better than Pilsner Urquell, according to Barry). High praise indeed! Is it better than Efes Pilsen? No. It’s an alternative; a change; and very welcome. Has anyone else seen or tried Perge beer?

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  1. A Tramp Abroad says

    I was in Turkey last year and I don’t think I even realized they did their own specialty beer. Sounds like I missed out!

  2. We’re thinking this one is brewed for selling in the hotels but Kipa are now selling it. It’s a shame it isn’t for sale in other places, too.

  3. I haven’t heard of it but will keep an eye out next time I go to a Turkish restaurant. I am familar with Efes, easy to drink and a good match with the food.

  4. Hi Corinne, you’re right. Efes is very easy to drink! 🙂 Be interesting to know if you see any Perge outside of Turkey.

  5. We love Perge beer but can we get it here in Fethiye? NO ! Kipa no longer sell it neither Dia sa. We did manage to get 24 bottles earlier in the year from Icmeler and we know that you can buy it in Kuşadası, but 4 hours in a car is a long drive for beer! Why can we not buy it anywhere in Fethiye ????

  6. @Patrow: We were hoping Kipa in Fethiye would be selling it again by now as it’s allegedly a winter drink but it’snot emerged yet as we would have had some by now judging by the date of this blog post! 🙁 No idea why we can’t get it here as it’s only from along the road in Antalya. Maybe a distribution problem?

  7. I’m on holiday in Turkey right now. To tell you the truth, it’s not a beer to rave about but it’s okay. Tuborg, Efes and Efes Dark are really nice but Perge tastes quite mediocre in comparison.

  8. @ Anonymous: Interesting. Where are you holidaying and are you drinking Perge on draught or from the bottle? We and many of our friends prefer it to normal Efes because it tastes like Czech beer. Whatever you’re drinking, anyway, enjoy. 🙂

  9. Yes tried in marmaris while on holiday was very nice change from efes

  10. @ Donna: We do enjoy our Efes but this is a lovely change…when we can find it that is. One of our local shops has it sometimes but would be nice if the bars sold it, too. 🙂

  11. Michael Carney says

    Just found out they do perge on draft at the hotel telmessos hisaronu im going there june 2017 looking forward to trying perge i hear its 4.2%

  12. The White Lion in Marmaris usually has bottled Perge so is always one of the first bars I visit. Back to Marmaris 23/6/17 so will provide an update on its availability then.

    • We’ve not seen any bottles of this beer for a long time so would be good to know if it’s still around, Davr. Thanks. 🙂 And wow, since writing this post, there’s a lot of other Turkish beers now, too. all good! 🙂

  13. Recently returned from Marmaris and as promised here is an update on the availability of Perge. It is still available in the White Lion 8tl for a 500ml bottle so had a cheeky one or two.

    • Great, thanks a lot for your update, Davr. At least we know it’s still around then. Will have to hunt some out. 8TL sounds good – not surprised you enjoyed the odd one or two. 🙂

  14. Kingfisher Restaurant in Side, sell Perge on draught for 12 lira. Very nice and cold

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