June 30, 2019

Beer festivals at Dimona -- July 2, Ein Shemer -- July 3-4, and Tekoa -- July 4

Lots of beer festivals coming up this week (and for the rest of the summer, natch!), and as I find out about them, I'll try to pass them on here.

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Beer, Food and Folklore Festival
Dimona, July 2

Don't know much about this one at all.  Just a pretty advertisement without any connections for further information.  

We're talking about Tuesday, July 2, at the Ami Amphitheater in Dimona.  Dozens of different beers, food stands and live appearances including the famous Pablo Rosenberg.  The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.

The Arava Brewery from Tzukim (practically a neighbor of Dimona) will be launching a new beer, tentatively called 001.  

The 3rd Israeli Beer Festival near Kibbutz Ein Shemer
July 3-4

It takes a special kind of Israeli chutzpah ("brazenness") to call a local beer festival, "The Israeli Beer Festival."  But they say that's what makes us who we are, so who am I to argue.

Actually, this sounds like a pretty well thought out beer festival.  It's taking place Wednesday and Thursday, July 3 and 4, at the Alon Ein Shemer Fashion Mall at the Karkom Intersection.  Doors open every day at 5:00 p.m. and close at 11:00.  Admission is free.

Let's talk about the beer.  the organizers promise over 60 kinds of Israel beer (!), including Jem's, Hagibor, Alexander, Malka, Bazelet (Golan), Negev, Buster's, Six-Pack (Super Heroes), Barzel, Shapiro, Emek Ha'ela, and making it's first appearance, the local beer Shevet.

Also, lots of varied food trucks will be on hand, including Numa selling vegan specialties.  There will be live music from The Paz Band, OSOG, and Sivan Talmor.  A lane of stores will be offering jewelry, crafts and other products while street performances go on.

A few more details and videos (in Hebrew) can be seen on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/668150727035267/

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Tekoa Beer Festival 

July 4

The fifth annual Tekoa Beer Festival is taking place this Thursday, July 4, in the courtyard of the Arts Center in Tekoa (Gush Etzion).  Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

There will be food, of course, and music by Knesiyat Hasechel (The Mind Church).  There is an entrance fee of 70 shekels at the door, or 60 shekels if you pre-order the ticket (which you can do here).  The first beer is free.      

As far as I understand, all the exhibiting brewers at the Tekoa festivals are home-brewers from the area.  This makes the festival a lot more curious and interesting than others.  Down-right homey.  I haven't been able to attend the previous ones, but I'm going to try for this one.     

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