The Holy Land of beer
Just north of the Hefer Valley in the Carmel Mountains is the charming rustic town of Zichron Ya’akov. Known for its famous wineries, the town is also home to Pavo, a brewery set in a Tuscan-style building that comprises a visitor’s centre, tasting bar and an impressive balcony with views of the Mediterranean below.
Scattered elsewhere around the country are even smaller micro breweries such as Asif in Ramot Haftali and Malka in Kibbutz Yechiam, both in the Galilee region, Lone Tree in the Judean Mountains and Negev in Kiryat Gat in the southern desert. But if lacking time, the best place to sample many of these local brews is Porter & Sons in Tel Aviv. Although they do not produce their own brew, this pub has the biggest collection of beer in the country, with more than 50 types on tap including both local brews and imported beers. Whatever you drink, be sure to say LeChaim, which means “to life” in Hebrew, a pleasant way to say “cheers”.
Dan Savery Raz is co-author of Lonely Planet's Israel and the Palestinian Territories guide.