February 11, 2018

What's up for 2018?

My brother Israeli beer blog in Hebrew -- Beer Blog -- בירבלוג -- (https://beerblog.co.il/) -- just published a forecast of what's to be expected from several craft breweries in 2018.  I thought that my English readers would be no less interested in this information, so Yochai Maytal and the Beer Blog Team has graciously allowed me to translate it and publish it on my blog.  Here it is:

The year 2017 was an interesting one for the Israeli beer market.  We were able to drink new beers (some we liked more, some less), and attend beer events and festivals.  New breweries were opened as well as locations which specialize in serving quality beer.  We approached a few of the major players and found out a few items that can be expected in 2018.

Alexander Brewery

On March 23, the third annual "Destruction of the Leaven" event will take place before Passover at the brewery in Emek Hefer.  There will be live music, all Alexander beers available on tap, and stands for food.  This year, the event will also include announcing the winners of the B'tsisa home-brewing competition (in cooperation with the Beer & Beyond beer store), and you'll be able to taste the beer of some of the competition participants.

Congratulations also go to Alexander on the tenth anniversary of its opening, and for being named the best brewery in Israel by the famous RateBeer website.

Itay Maron, owner of
HaShachen Brewery.
HaShachen ("The Neighbor")

The Americana Wheat IPA from HaShachen Brewery is currently available in a Single Hop (Citra) version.  The brewery, which specializes in different kinds of IPAs, will soon bring out a Double IPA. available in beer specialty stores and at the Beer Bazaar chain.  Look for it beginning in March.

The brewing brothers and owners
of HaDubim Brewery:
Dagan (left) and Rotem Bar-Ilan.
HaDubim ("The Bears")

HaDubim Brewery promised us that it will release two new beers in the coming months.  Since the brewers have a known affection for IPAs, that would be an educated guess for the styles of the beers.

Neil Churgin (left), owner of the
Beetzinut Brewery, and his son Perry,
meet the old blogger.
Beertzinut ("Seriously")

The Beertznut Brewery has expanded its production and marketing by concentrating on its geographic area -- the Arava Valley and the Negev Desert.

The new Timna beer was brewed in cooperation with the Timna Park Visitors Center, where it is on sale.  In 2018, Beetzinut plans other cooperative brewing ventures, plus a program to provide contract brewed beers for weddings.       

We recommend that you look for the Beertzinut stand at beer events and exhibits, since that is almost the only place you can find their new strong beer and their new sour Berliner Weiss.  These beers are also available at the brewery's own pub on Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava.

The Dictator

Those who follow The Dictator know how much he loves to bring out new products, and for 2018, The Dictator plans for at least three such projects.  Those who enjoyed The Dictator's Porter and IPA will be happy to learn that these will be brewed as seasonal beers this year as well.

No automatic alt text available.Benny's Cask Ale Pub

Here too we can say it's already a tradition: Benny's Cask Ale Pub will be serving beers from the Fuller's Brewery in London.  You can also occasionally find and enjoy different ciders from Israeli apples served from gravity pouring taps at the pub.

Beer & Beyond

Those who frequent the Beer & Beyond store in Tel Aviv will be pleased to soon discover that a tap has been installed for serving customers beer in the store or to take home.

In addition, the following events have been scheduled for this year:

March 1-2:  Beer & Beyond's birthday party in the store.
March 23:  Announcement of the winners of the B'tsisa home-brewing competition (as we said, at the Alexander Brewery). 
May 2-9:  Beer and Whisky Tour of Scotland (in cooperation with Benny's Cask Ale Pub).
Mid-May:  Shavuot holiday event in the corridor.
Mid-August:  Summer event in the corridor.
Sukkot Holiday:  Beer Tour and Oktoberfest in Germany.
December:  Year End event in the corridor.

We wish all of you and all of us a year of plentiful and wonderful beer! 

1 comment:

  1. I wish it was easier to get the craft beers in restaurants.


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