Until recent times beer was not a drink known to Greeks nor was hard alcohol--only wine and ouzo. Hmm...wonder where ouzo plays into the fast?
I have read that the Egyptians taught the Greeks how to brew beer, and that the ancient Greeks also made barleywine (which is beer and not wine).
Do you (or anyone else) have specific information regarding the more recent history of beer in Greece? If brewing was known to Greeks in ancient times, beer still may not have become a commonly consumed beverage until more recently. If this is the case, what factors may have contributed to its scarcity or lack of popularity in Greece's past? When and why did beer become more popular and common in recent history?