Let's begin close to home, in Jerusalem.
|The ghosts of beer festivals past.|
Eli said that if any smaller or home brewer still wants to join, they can send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel Aviv "BEERS 2014" Exhibit -- September 9-11 at the Train Station (HaTachana) in Neve Tzedek.
This location is a great improvement over the Nokia Center, where previous BEERS exhibits have been held. It was more like a stuffy trade show than a beer festival. Moving it from the dead of winter to the end of summer is also a great idea. The information came from the Ben-Ami Studio which produces the BEERS exhibits.
Mateh Yehuda Rustic Beer Festival -- Still no final date yet, but Chani Ben-Yehuda, who is responsible for festivals and events at the Tzlilei Hakesem company, which is organizing the event, says that it will take place at the Mini Israel Park in Latrun at the end of August or the start of September. This will also be a new venue, as the festival has been held until now at the crossroads of Srigim and Givat Yeshayahu.
|With Ofer Ronen of Srigim Brewery|
at Zman Amiti.
In addition to these major festivals, there will probably be some smaller, local ones going on later this year. If I hear about any, I will let you know.
|The Zman Amiti mini beer festival.|
A few weeks ago, I went out to Modi'in where my son Aharon lives with his family, for an even smaller "brewers festival" held just outside the More Than Pub in the new Ligad Center.
There were no more than a dozen exhibitors, most of them on the smaller end of the spectrum. I finally met home brewer Noam Shalev who lives in Modi'in and makes sour beers under the Shibolet label. Alas, because of my failure to communicate, Noam didn't bring any of his beers with him, so I'll have to wait until next time to get to drink them.
|With Noam Shalev in Modi'in:|
Next time I get to taste his beers.
I also met Levi Fried, a physician whose passion is home brewing. He served me his Chocolate Porter, which was made with real cocoa nibs and had the most creamy chocolate taste I have ever experienced in a beer.
A few steps away, Roni Waldman of Ruth Brewery (named after his wife) served me his Coffee Break Porter, made with roasted coffee beans. Here too, the coffee taste didn't have to be imagined. It was real and bitter, yet beautifully balanced by the malt sweetness.
I'm going to do my best to attend all the festivals I can. If you notice me walking around, step up and say hello. That's what beer festivals are for.
Tonight, Trudy and I are flying to the U.S. for some family and friends visits over the next three weeks or so. It's also a great chance for us to try some American craft beers. If I can do some writing from there, I will. If not, it will wait until I return. In the meantime -- A wonderful summer to all!