Anadolu Efes Brewery - Efes Pilsener

Anadolu Efes Brewery - Efes Pilsener

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Anadolu Efes Brewery - Efes Pilsener

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  • Serving Temperature:

    38-45° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    Pilsner Glass, Flute or Mug (clear)
The name Efes has been synonymous with beer in Turkey since their Pilsener hit the scene in 1969. The country's #1 selling beer gets its light color and rich flavor from the pale "pils" malt chosen from Turkey's finest malting facility (Efes' own!). A combination of crystal clean water and time-tested yeast strain yields superb flavor, while Hallertau hops give it a crisp, mildly tart finish. "But what awards has it won", you ask? To name a few, a Gold Medal at the 1973 Selection Mondial Paris, another Gold at the 1981 Monde Selection Bruxelles, not to mention Silver medals at the same competition in 1996 and 2002, and a Bronze Medal at the 1996 World Beer Cup. Expect a mildly sweet flavor profile characteristic of European pilseners, complemented by a well-balanced bitterness in the clean, crisp finish. Our panel members enjoyed this Turkish classic with pan-seared scallops served with garlic-butter, topped with fresh parsley.
Every now and again we get mail from our readers describing their visits to the breweries we've featured. We're going to wager that no one is going to send a letter describing their trip to Anadolu Efes Brewery, located in Bahüelievler-Haznedar—now, we know what you're thinking—isn't that in Jersey somewhere? No friends, it's in Turkey; in the historic city of Istanbul to be exact. Not that this wouldn't be a desirable brewery to visit—state of the art and always in operation, the Anadolu Efes Brewery might be a popular tourist spot for some, but for most of us, the remarkable historic sites of Istanbul will consume the majority of one's visit time. Not well known for its brewing trade, Turkey has a relatively young beer industry as far as private enterprises are concerned. Beer production in Turkey began in 1890 through a brewery founded in Istanbul by two Swiss entrepreneurs. This brewery was later nationalized along with another in Ankara in 1939, during which time Tekel, a state enterprise, was the only beer producer in Turkey. Following a change in the brewing regulations in 1955 that permitted private enterprises to produce beer, the first breweries of Efes Beverage Group, Erciyas Biracilik and Ege Biracilik, started their operations in 1969. Since then, the Turkish beer market has shown significant growth. At the end of 2003 per capita beer consumption in Turkey reached 11 liters, a nearly three-fold increase from 4 liters in 1986. Even after this significant growth, per capita consumption in Turkey is still low compared to averages of Europe, the USA or even Eastern Europe. However, a growing tourism industry, changing consumption patterns and a developing economy are all contributing to an upswing of beer consumption in Turkey. Today, the young and dynamic Anadolu Efes group has five breweries, two malteries and one hop processing facility located within the Turkish borders. Additionally, they control ten more breweries and two more malteries across a network that spans six nearby nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, making them the fastest growing brewer in these, the fastest growing beer markets in the world. It would seem that as many civilizations before them have done, they too are using their strategic location in Istanbul, a city long recognized and fought over for its ideal position between the European and Asian continents, to their full advantage. For more information about the Anadolu Efes Brewery, check out their web site at
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