Thursday, September 28, 2006

Not your cousin's microbrew

Salon has an interesting story on the Taybeh brewing company. This West Bank microbrew seems to be uniting Palestinians and Israeli's on both sides of the border. But the story of the business is typically Mid-East

They opened the brewery with the blessing of then Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, whose picture still adorns the buildings of the Fatah-run council in Taybeh. To ensure sales in Israel, the Khourys obtained a kosher certificate for the beer from the rabbi at the neighbouring Jewish settlement of Ofra (with which relations cannot otherwise be described as very good).
And now, with the rise of Hamas they are considering a non-alcoholic beer with a green Hamas label. It's free enterprise, it's beer, it's a beautiful thing.
"We don't have a country yet," he added, "but we have our own beer."

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