|The Miskins and the Greeners, |
intrepid trekkers all, about to assault
the Yechiam Fortress.
Recently we headed up to Israel's northwest corner on the Lebanese border, to Kibbutz Yechiam, home to a kosher salami factory, a Crusader fortress, and the Malka Beer brewery. We visited all three, although let's make it clear that the meat factory was for the Miskins, who had forgotten to pack their sausage!
|A beautiful view of the Galilee from|
the top of the Yechiam Fortress.
We walked through the rooms and towers and climbed the ancient stairs to the roof, where you have stunning views of all the surrounding hills and countryside.
During Israel's War of Independence in 1948, residents of Kibbutz Yechiam used the ruins as a fortified position to fight off the invading Arab armies. Signs around the fortress indicate locations where the Jewish forces had firing positions, command bunkers, and shielded areas for evacuating the wounded.
After our tour, we drove to the nearby border city of Ma'alot for a hummus lunch in a restaurant that Yitzchak had recommended.
|The old blogger with Yaniv Katz,|
the always busy manager of the
A few days earlier, I had called Asaf Lavie, the owner of Malka Brewery, and told him we would like to visit on Friday, speak with him and maybe tour the brewery.
"What time?" he asked. Around 12:30 to 1:00, I said. "Oh, that's no problem. After around 2:30, the place becomes packed and we're all too busy to talk."
Because our schedule was a little delayed, we arrived at the brewery around 2:45. Every table and chair on the lawn, inside and around back was taken by happy, gregarious beer drinkers.
Restaurant manager Yaniv Katz greeted us and, even though he was being called away every two minutes with a question or emergency, found time to make us up a table and talk with us.
|The Friday afternoon packed beer garden|
at the Malka Brewpub on Kibbutz Yechiam.
While they may not all be available all the time, Malka's regular beers are:
At the Brewpub, a third of a liter of beer costs 17 shekels, and a half-liter 22 shekels. Bottles are available to take home for 12 shekels each, with a four-pack costing 44 shekels.
The food menu is kosher and more extensive than the usual pub grub. In addition to the expected hamburgers, hot dogs, shnitzel nuggets, meat sandwiches and French fries, there are vegetarian options such as Portobello mushroom burgers, and fried cauliflower and broccoli nuggets.
|Trudy and the old blogger enjoy|
the ambiance at the Malka Brewpub.
Having a few beers with good friends in a rustic setting was a very cultured way to start the weekend. Afterwards, we happily worked our way across the road to the kibbutz guest house, where we would be spending the Sabbath.
The Holy Day was delightful, nourishing and relaxing. But since that's not the subject for a beer blog, this would be a good place to finish. We can only heartily recommend the combination of touring Israel and visiting a craft brewery. There's something for everybody and a brewery almost everywhere.