May 17, 2017

Five early beer events!

Two signs that craft beers are really gaining traction in our fair land: Beer festivals and events are starting earlier in the season (some are even going on year round!), and they are popping up at more and more non-central locations.

So, for example, five events have recently come to my attention that I hasten to share with you, my readers.  By all means, try to attend one of them near you and enjoy the experience of comradery and socializing with people who share your taste and passion for good beer.

Gaash BeerFest 2017
May 19-20

The first one is only two days away -- the BeerFest on Kibbutz Gaash on the coastal plain.  This is over two days, Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20.  The hours are between noon and 2:00 a.m. or so, and entrance is free.  The beer on sale is Barzel, whose partners are also kibbutz guys.  As with most of such festivals, there will be music and food, including hand-made Bavarian sausage.

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Beer 7 Fest
May 26

This local Beersheva beer festival (held at 33 Hechalutz Street) has always been a favorite of mine, a chance to meet smaller brewers and taste their often-wonderful beers.  This time, the fifth such Beer 7 Fest, there will be nine of them, so it's conceivable that you should be able to taste all of their wares -- if you don't have to drive home.

Doors open at noon on Friday, May 26.  Admission is 30 shekels, though you can buy your ticket early for only 25 shekels and get your first taste free.  Tastes are 5 shekels each, and third-of-a-liter glass of beer is only 15 shekels.  All attendees get to take home a branded tasting glass.

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Beer in the Corridor
May 30

On the day before the Shavuot holiday, Tuesday, May 30, the Beer & Beyond store at 159 Igal Alon Street in Tel Aviv will turn the corridor in the building into a mini beer festival, with stands offering free beer tasting and special prices for beer packages.  From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.     

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Festi-Bira Givatayim
June 7-8

Billed as the first beer festival in the city of Givatayim (adjacent to Tel Aviv), the Festi-Bira is taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, June 7-8, from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. each day.  As joint sponsors, the Municipality of Givatayim and the Azrieli Mall (53 Yitzhak Rabin Road) seem to be going all out to make this a big success.  It should be drawing participants from the entire Greater Tel Aviv region.

Over 40 brands of local Israeli craft and imported beer will be on sale, with discounts for soldiers and students over 18.  There will be stands for food and places for sitting and eating, with musical entertainment throughout.  Admission is free, as is parking for the first two hours.

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Beer in the Heart of the Desert 
June 22

For those who live in the south, here's another beer festival for you, this time in Arad.  Held at the Tzim Center (9 Shamir Street), the event will take place on Thursday, June 22, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.  Beer will be available from southern brewers, as well as more well-known brands.  And, of course, it wouldn't be a beer festival without food stands and live music.  Admission is free.         

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