A Drop In The Sea

As small island nations go, Malta is a remarkable fusion of old and new, big and small, local and international, and in many ways, this identity can be reflected in the nation's brewing industry. A fairly young nation, Malta gained its independence from The United Kingdom on September 21st, 1964, while its current Republic, Parliamentary government was established a decade later. It is a popular destination for tourists by both land and sea, and along with a steady growth in its economy, its inclusion in the Eurozone monetary union, and being recognized by the IMF as an advanced economy, Malta's location in the middle of the Mediterranean has given it significant military and economic importance. Its strategic location between North Africa and the Boot of Italy, has put it within the spheres of influence of many great empires, civilizations, and societies including Arabia, The Roman Empire, The French Empires, Habsburg Spain, The Normans, and of course, The British Empire. While most of these future sections of world history have had strong heritages in the brewing world, The Malta of Today has its own brewing legacy. The strategic location has also helped to establish Malta as a mainstay shipping center for much of Europe, especially southern Mediterranean, Middle East, and Northern African countries. This relatively old industry of Malta has given other countries the increased access to the import beer market. Founded in 1928, Simonds Farsons Cisk is Malta's oldest, largest, most popular, and in fact, only native brewery in operation today. It is enjoys a great deal of brand loyalty from residents and tourists alike, even in the face of the introduction of seemingly invasive international brands like Guinness, Heineken, and Budweiser. Of course, many other kinds of alcohol are consumed by the Maltese, and like much of Southern Europe, drinks like cocktails and wine are usually preferred over beer among locals.


Rated Maltese Beers

9-18-12 - Simonds Farsons Cisk PLC Lacto - 1.93, Milk/Sweet Stout, 3.80%

Popular Beer Styles in Malta

  • Pale Lager
  • Light Lager
  • Stout
  • Pale Ale
  • Strong Ale
  • Maltese Breweries with Rated Beer

  • Simonds Farsons Cisk PLC - Mriehel, Malta