It’s been said that Israelis aren’t really serious beer drinkers but lots has changed in the last few years. Israel has become the place to stop off, kick back and enjoy a pint. And it’s not just about plain or malt anymore. There are over 20 young and interesting boutique breweries in Israel, and the drinking culture is taking off in Jerusalem too. Jerusalem’s night life and beer supply are right up there with every other world capital.
We asked Itzik Shapira, owner of the local Shapira Brewery, to share some of his experiences. He started the small Jerusalem brewery as a hobby in his backyard. When things began to take off, Itzik decided to spice up the brew by adding some typical Jerusalem flavors to create a new flavored beer. He threw in wheat, barley, grapes, figs, dates, pomegranates, olives and dates and called it the Seven Species Beer! Well, we guess it didn’t work out too well because he shelved the final product and it was never brought to market. But, the Shapira Brewery is still creating great Jerusalem beer and the Shapira Brewery is now one of the most successful boutique breweries in the country.
Homer Simpson says “Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” So come out and enjoy Jerusalem’s awesome night life with a pint of our great local beer and solve all your problems!