Taybeh Brewery

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Entrance of the brewery

Taybeh Brewery is a Palestinian brewery founded in 1994. The brewery is located in the West Bank village of Taybeh, 35 kilometers north of Jerusalem. It produced its first beer in 1995[1] and has since developed a global cult following.[2]

Background[edit]

The Taybeh Brewery was co-founded in the mid-1990s, after the Oslo Accords were signed.[citation needed] It has been described as a pioneer microbrewery in the region, being that it predated the first Israeli microbrewery, The Dancing Camel, by about ten years.[3]

As a college student in the 1980s[where?], Nadim Khoury began making his own beer at the dorms where he lived. He subsequently took up formal studies in brewing at UC Davis in California.[4]

Milestones[edit]

In 1997, Taybeh beer became the first Palestinian product to be franchised in Germany, where it was brewed and bottled for sale in Europe.[5] Taybeh beer is also exported directly from Taybeh to Sweden.

In 2005, an annual Oktoberfest-style beer festival was launched. Dubbed the Taybeh Beer Festival, it opens in the beginning of October.[6]

In 2008, an Australian named Lara van Raay produced a documentary called Palestine, Beer and Ocktoberfest Under Occupation, which focuses on the Taybeh Brewery and the Khoury family.[7]

The Taybeh Brewing Company was highlighted in the January/February 2010 Issue of the fine beverage publication Mutineer Magazine.[citation needed]

Products[edit]

Taybeh beer bottles
Bottled Taybeh beer

There are five varieties of Taybeh Beer: Golden, Light, Amber, Dark, and White. In 2007, a new non-alcoholic beer variety was to be launched specifically for the local Palestinian Muslim market.[8] The original brand was Taybeh Beer Golden. The Taybeh Beer Dark and Taybeh Beer Light were introduced for the 2000 celebrations in the Holy Land. The Dark variety follows a classic style of the way monks brewed beer in the Middle Ages in order to fortify themselves during their fasting.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joint Advocacy Initiative: Taybeh Brewing: Olive Oil as School Tuition
  2. ^ Johnson, Howard (11 July 2011). "Palestinian brewery to expand abroad". BBC News. Retrieved 15 July 2011. "Taybeh beer – a beer with a global cult following." 
  3. ^ Deviri, Gad (1 July 2011). "Room to grow for Israeli beer market". Beverage Manager. Retrieved 15 July 2011. "The first microbrewery in the region was opened in 1996 in Taybeh near Ramallah in the Palestinian authority. The next microbrewery, The Dancing Camel, was open in 2005 in Tel Aviv." 
  4. ^ Snaije, Olivia (22 June 2011). "Madees Khoury: Taste the revolution in Taybeh". Daily Star (Lebanon) (Taybeh). Retrieved 15 July 2011. "Khoury’s father Nadim began making beer in his college dorm when home brewing became a trend in the 1980s and went on to the University of California at Davis to study brewing science." 
  5. ^ "CBC News - Viewpoint: Julia Glover". [dead link]
  6. ^ The Raw Story | Palestinian-style Oktoberfest goes down smooth By Adam Pines
  7. ^ "Palestine, Beer and Ocktoberfest Under Occupation – a DIY documentary". Paul McMillan Online. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Middle East Online
  9. ^ Palestinian Beer brewed in Taybeh[dead link]

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Coordinates: 31°57′10.46″N 35°17′59.38″E / 31.9529056°N 35.2998278°E / 31.9529056; 35.2998278