Decent beer is always
available in Turkey, even
though the national tipple is rakı.
Turkey produces several good lagers.
The best—and best-selling Turkish
beer (80% of the market) is Efes
The same company
brews Becks, Miller, Warstiener and
Fosters under licence.
Tuborg is also brewed in
Turkey under license. Heineken is imported.
The craft beer movement has come to Turkey with small copmanies producing limited-production brews with unique flavors. In Istanbul, Bomonti is the recreation of a historic beer famous a century ago.
You won't die of thirst on a hot day
Prices of beer, and indeed all beverages containing alcohol, have risen dramatically in the past decade because of government policies. Laws and ordinances governing the
and consumption of beer, wine and spirits have become stricter as well. More...
When I first arrived in Turkey in
1967, the only beer available was Tekel
Birası, brewed and distributed
by the now-defunct government monopoly
wine-beer-and-spirits company. It was
sometimes alright, more often disappointing,
but it's all there was at the time.
You may still
find Tekel Birası in some places. Tekel
is gone, but another brewer keeps the
Some restaurants feature one
brand of beer over others (according
to the beer company's restrictive distribution
agreements), so you may not have a
choice of beers in every establishment.